Minimalist Downtown Apartment Tour

Minimalist Living Room
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Cheryl, who has kindly offered to share some images of her home with us:
I’m a 46-year old professional organizer living in downtown Lynn, Massachusetts; it’s a very artsy community on the North Shore. Lynn was recently recognized for its artist murals: Beyond Walls.  My apartment is on the 8th (top) floor of a historic flatiron building. It’s 500 square feet (one bedroom; one bath).  I live alone.  In some ways, I think I’ve always been a minimalist, even before the term became popular, but nowadays, I fully embrace it.  I don’t own a car, a TV, a desktop computer, or sets of anything (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.).  I use online sharing tools instead of owning things (e.g., Spotify, Pandora, and Tidal for music; Zipcar, Uber, Lyft for transportation along with the train and subway system here).

Minimalist Dining Room

I wanted to simplify my life after my divorce several years ago.  I had been living in a good-sized house with a car, a large TV, and lots of stuff.  It was overwhelming.  I just felt stressed trying to maintain everything: the yard, the house, the cleaning, etc.  When my marriage ended, I used that as an opportunity to live minimally; I rented a 425-square foot apartment in Boston’s North End, and after that, I knew that I could live in small spaces.  I lived there for three years, and then I moved to my current home.

Minimalist Kitchen

With fewer things, life is simpler, less-stressful, and efficient.  It’s easier to find things when you don’t have a lot of clutter.  When you have a minimalist wardrobe with fewer than 40 items of clothing and fewer than 30 shoes total, it’s easy to get dressed in the morning.  Decisions are quicker; I save time.

Minimalist Kitchen Cupboard

My biggest challenge in decluttering was feeling like I might need to keep something “just in case.”  I kept thinking, “Will I need these baking things?”  But I soon realized that I rarely baked, so I decided to donate them.  I kept only two items: a hand mixer and a baking pan.  The old me used to bake, but the new me liked to get out and support small, local bakeries and shops, so I now spend less time baking and more time out visiting new establishments in my community.

Minimalist Bedroom

I realized that if I ever really needed anything that I donated, I could always borrow that item from a friend or family member.  Or I could run to the store to buy it if I really needed it.  But so far, I’ve needed nothing that I donated!  I also try to follow the wisdom of Marie Kondo, Joshua Becker, the Minimalists, and Courtney Carver.  They are all minimalists, and they live what they preach.  I adore them!

Minimalist Decor

My friends and family love visiting!  They often compliment my apartment for being so organized.  It’s great having friends and family visit with so much space and no clutter!  I love it!

Cheryl RussoCheryl Russo is a professional organizer and can be found on you can also follow her on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

Everyone’s way of embracing minimalism is different and that is very important to remember. When you are thinking about becoming minimalist, the whole point of it is to keep true to your authentic self. What is important to you, the things you enjoy and the life you want to live. I’m excited to share some real-life examples of what minimalism looks like in different homes around the world.

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About Rachel Jones

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey after I'd been doing a yearly decluttering challenge for 4 years and started to see a change in my home. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, please join our FREE Facebook Group: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group


  1. Janine Cavanaugh on 01/09/2018 at 10:16 pm

    Like the minimalist tour idea. The photos are impact-full and the text is brief and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kim on 04/04/2018 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed the pictures and the article.

  3. Emmaline on 07/30/2018 at 5:56 am

    Why is the rubbish bin in the lounge ?
    Is it a rubbish bin?

    • RuthE on 07/31/2018 at 7:59 pm

      You can just see the stove on the right. It is an open plan, kitchen, diner, lounge.

  4. Terri Pease on 04/04/2019 at 3:17 am

    Felt very cold to me. No life in there. No plants, pets. Would feel very uncomfortable in that space.

  5. Terri Pease on 04/04/2019 at 11:48 pm

    Felt very cold to me. No life in there. No plants, pets. Would feel very uncomfortable in that space.

  6. Dana on 08/06/2019 at 7:05 pm

    It doesn’t look warm and inviting at all. Almost like living in a motel, but if it makes YOU happy, then that’s all that matters.

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