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Cozy Minimalist: Week 1

Did you ever take an independent study class in college?  I did.  It was on gender studies for my psychology degree and I was given…

Did you ever take an independent study class in college?  I did.  It was on gender studies for my psychology degree and I was given a whole year to complete it.  I was planning to spend almost a month as a nanny in Memphis one summer and figured that would be the perfect time to wrap it up.  Except I didn’t.  Literally, I used up the entire year to complete that dang course.  #senioritis
I recently came across a brilliant independent study course, The Cozy Minimalist, that is a lot more fun.  With no “required readings.”  And, guess who teaches it?  THE NESTER.  I know.  What could be more fun?!
If you’re not familiar, The Nester is actually Myquillin, known for her window mistreatments, her It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful decorating mantra, and generally being amazing at styling her home using ideas and resources that are great for any budget.  She writes a blog you’ve probably heard, The Nesting Place.  
 The Cozy Minimalist, is made up of four online courses, narrated by Myquillin and her decorating friends.  She encourages you to choose one room as your focus throughout the course, and to use what you already have in your home to make the space what you’ve always wanted it to be.    The first session was packed full of useful information about where to begin and what to do when you first start redecorating a room.  She also leaves you with a weekly challenge.  
Week One’s challenge was to Quiet the Room by removing clutter, minimizing furniture, and leaving only basics in the room.  
I am focusing on The Artist Formerly Known as the Office, Turned In-Home Medical Procedures and Supply Room, Turned Home School Room.  And, now I want it to be an office again. Because why not? {Actually, I need a space to do and store officey things. I think.}
Here’s a little video tour of the room in it’s before state and, most recently, as the homeschool room:
{PS.  There is nothing that ever prepares you to hear yourself speak when recorded.}
And, now, as the ‘Quieted Space.’
I ended up taking everything out besides the IKEA shelf on the wall and the white board.  The white board is staying, and I really didn’t want to take down the shelf considering it may stay, too.  Neither, in my opinion, really affected my ability to see the room in a more natural way.  Also, because the function of this room is changing, I removed all the furniture.  The sofa will likely not be making a return to this space, though the IKEA Expedit shelving unit probably will.  
While this space is nice and quiet, I can’t so the same for the living room next door.  He’s looking awfully noisy all of the sudden.

If you have any interest in completing this course, follow the link below!
code: abbymullins
And, if you enter my name at checkout, you’ll save $10 and I’ll earn $10!  #winning
Be sure to check back to see how the room evolves!
Happy Thursday!

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  1. Your voice is so soothing and uplifting! I imagine your home office will be as exciting to watch as I watched your classrooms evolve! (I hope you didn't move all that furniture yourself– you're pregnant — remember?)

  2. Love it! I was looking at your old post about your rocks binders. I was wondering how they worked out? Do u still use them? Where did the students put them when they were finished handing things in? And any tips? Thanks! Kim

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