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Ask Flipped: Is It Possible to Be Too Minimalist?

I may have gone too far in throwing out all my furniture

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Dear Flipped,

I recently decided to embrace a minimalist aesthetic in my apartment. I started by going through a discarding everything that does not bring me joy. That resulted in me throwing out all my books (which I was never going to reread anyway), my houseplants (that I spend way too much time watering), everything in my kitchen (I hate cooking), and also my couch, my bed, my blinds, my carpets, some framed prints I had, and my toilet. On of the one hand, I feel like I have definitely embraced minimalism. On the other hand, is it possible that I went too far?

Regretting the Redesign

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Dear RR,

Never second guess yourself. The first rule when it comes to decor is: Commit. And that is exactly when you have done. It really steams me up when somebody tells that they're a "minimalist," then they invite me over to their apartment for dinner and I discover that it is littered with four or five pieces of Scandinavian furniture. It's like, are you a minimalist, or aren't you? Because I'm pretty sure that the minimum number of furniture items you can have is zero.

My advice to you would be go even further. Are those hardwood floors I see? Tear 'em up. Plaster over that window. Definitely paint the accent wall gray. You're off to a great start, and now is not the time to take your eye off the ball.

Hope that helps,

Flipped

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