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Our minimalist apartment was put together very quickly, on a shoestring budget, and with the incredible help and generosity of our family and friends (thank you so much to everyone who helped us!).

Our dear friend Alex had been battling cancer for over 2 years when we decided it was time for us to settle down for the winter and spend some time with him.

We found this lease takeover for 5 months with the option to stay longer if we wanted. It’s a spacious 1-bedroom apartment with huge windows and we absolutely love it.

All of the furniture in our apartment is second hand, from the couches to the dining room table, futon bed frame, and our little shelving unit. We also borrowed and bought dishes, pots and pans, cutlery, etc.

It’s been awhile since we had our own space, so we had fun making it our own with paintings and little touches of our favourite things, like my great grandmother’s blanket on the back of the couch.

We were also very aware that we wanted to have a simple space that didn’t have too much clutter in it. Especially since we knew we’d be moving out 6 months later.

We’ve had a great time living in this spacious, simple space. It’s been a big change from spending time in our van, and from house sitting for other people. But in one month we’ll be moving out and preparing to convert a new van, so we’ll be starting a new chapter of our minimalist journey.

Our friend Alex passed away a couple of months ago, and it’s been one of the toughest times for us. We feel so grateful to have had the option to move close to him and have some good moments with him before he left us. Rest in peace, Alex. We miss you every day!

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:

All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

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