During the first half of this year, I had difficulty finding balance in my life. Each professional success seemed to be quickly followed by a personal defeat; I felt I was making sacrifices left and right to restore balance. It wasn’t until I pinpointed the issue (my space) that things began to rapidly improve.
I must first say that I’m not a hoarder despite what my friends may tell you; I’ve always been an avid collector. When I find something I like (the perfect black t-shirt or a pair of slim-cut denim), I buy it compulsively. I’ll get 2 or 3 of the same thing and add to the “collection” in my wardrobe. This was a problem – I was battling personal issues with an expensive alternative therapy. I was being swallowed by the things that also built me up.
May was the month – I vowed to cut the clutter from my life. I began purging in all aspects of my life and leaving little room for excess. One of the areas in desperate need of change was my bedroom (which also serves as my home office). With a small space to tackle, I enlisted the help of my friends at West Elm to infuse my space with mid-century zen while properly restoring my sanity.
I don’t wake up in a panic anymore. I traded in my king size bed and oversized furniture for pieces that feel purposeful and pleasant. My space finally evokes the balance I craved for so long and I couldn’t be more excited to realign my journey here.
Scout Sixteen is a lifestyle blog from Justin Livingston. Justin grew up in Mississippi but relocated to New York City in 2008. On Scout Sixteen, Justin shares his passion in fashion, travel, food and drink, and mental wellness.