Small Space Stories: Taking an inventory of the bedroom

In my 780 square foot apartment, I have plenty of stuff. Too much stuff, in my opinion (although my significant other would vehemently disagree).

Take my bedroom, for example. My bedroom contains:
one full-size bed with bedding
one rocking chair (from my significant other's childhood)
one scarf (from a trip to India)
two chests of drawers (for storing out-of-season clothing)
one small plant
one 64 oz. glass coke bottle (we use it to hold spare change)
one sound machine
two lamps
one alarm clock
15 framed photographs of various sizes
one set of mini Tibetan prayer flags (for luck, happiness, compassion, prosperity, health and longevity)
numerous books and magazines

Okay, so now of those items, what's essential? It's subjective of course, but here's my list and my rationale:
one full-size bed with bedding (self-explanatory)
one sound machine (we live in the city; the city can be loud, especially at night)
one lamp (for reading)
one alarm clock (I long for the day when I can wake up without an alarm)
numerous books and magazines (I love to read!)

What's non-essential?
one rocking chair (for me, it just takes up space; for my spouse, it is chock full o' memories)
one scarf (from a trip to India)
two chests of drawers (since we have a walk-in closet, if we downsized some of our clothing, we wouldn't need these)
one small plant (gives life to the space, but we could live without it)
one 64 oz. glass coke bottle we use to hold spare change (not essential)
one lamp (for symmetry purposes, it balances the room, but we could get by with just one instead of two)
15 framed photographs of various sizes (not essential, but lovely reminders of our travels and loved ones)
one set of mini Tibetan prayer flags (again, unnecessary, but a beautiful words to live by)

So basically, about more than half of all the belongings in my bedroom are non-essential. What?!? And I'm a minimalist at heart!

I'm also a realist and, in reality, there are certain items one keeps for sentimental reasons or aesthetic reasons or in order to store their extra stuff. I totally get it.

Here's the thing. I'm not advocating that you live like a monk. But when stuff starts to take over your life, or when you have too much stuff and not enough room, or when you're feeling overwhelmed by all of the clutter, that's when it's helpful to edit.

Have you taken an inventory of your space lately? Are there items you can let go of in order to free up space?

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