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Less Is More: Furniture You Don’t Really Need

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Jessica
08.20.12

When was the last time you sat on that bench in your hallway? And do you really use your bedside table? Just because a piece of furniture is popular doesn’t mean it needs to be in your house. A full bedroom set may sound like a must-have, but if you don’t use every piece, you’re wasting money and adding clutter to your home.

   

Don’t feel obligated to fill empty space with stuff. According to Francine Jay, author of The Joy of Less, a lighter lifestyle can mean a fatter wallet since your money will stay out of furniture superstores and in your bank account. Plus, the less furniture you need to function, the more space you have to work, dance and play!

To clean house, evaluate your furniture. If you don’t use it, don’t need it or just don’t like it, toss it! Need a place to start? Here are five common pieces of furniture you could probably live without.

Dresser. Instead, use fabric shelves that hang from your closet bar. Your clothes will all be in one place and you’ll clear up valuable space in your bedroom. To give your closet a full audit, read: Organize Your Closet.

End Tables. If your end tables are magnets for clutter, toss them. If you must have a book by your bed, consider installing a small shelf on the wall.

File Cabinet. Instead of holding onto papers, get a scanner and go digital! To clear out all those old owner’s manuals, sign-up for a free BrightNest account and visit the Homefolio. You can store the manuals for all your appliances online, and we’ll even track down ones you can’t find!

TV Stand. Instead, hang your TV on the wall. You can find kits at your local electronics store for around $30, which is much less than the cost of a new stand.

Ottoman. If you don’t sit on it regularly, it’s simply taking up space! If you want to hold onto it just in case guests arrive, think about floor pillows instead. To make your own, visit: Retropolitan.

What will you do with your extra square footage? Here's some minimalist inspiration to help get the ideas flowing.

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