How we downsized || One Bedroom Apartment Tour

How we downsized || One Bedroom Apartment Tour

– Hey everyone, it’s me, Hallease, endeavoring to persevere as always. If you’re new here, I make weekly videos about my chaotic good life. So consider subscribing. (soft music) Today I am coming at you from the dog park with the every furry, every poofy Dakota. We are out here for the morning letting her run around
and get some moves in before we start our day. So for all of 2018 my husband and I were displaced from our home and living in my childhood
bedroom at my parent’s house. Now as we’re figuring out the final stages of this whole home buying fiasco we currently rent an apartment
in downtown San Antonio that is around 600 or 700 square feet. And we love it. Poochy, are you ready to play? The first thing I really
love about this new space is the location. We are right in the heart
of downtown San Antonio, so Mister Hallease and I can
finally experience the city in a way that we’ve always wanted to and walk everywhere. Anyway, I wouldn’t necessarily
say that we’re minimalists, but we are trying to do more with less. So here is a tour of the apartment and some of the pieces we have that have helped us downsize. (toy squeaking) And my dog, Dakota, can you not? Dakota, quackers may need to be retired, ’cause yeah. So this is like 80% of it. This is 80% of the apartment. Living, kitchen, dining, here we go. Let’s do it. The biggest thing I love about this space is how much we have
simplified the kitchen. It’s the right combination I feel like of aesthetic meets function for us. One of the extra purchases we
did make moving here though was this sort of flex
table that’s to my right. I don’t do much of the cooking, Mister Hallease does the bulk of it. I know how to, I just, he, it brings him more joy, so I just let him do it,
you know what I’m saying? But the table also acts
as additional storage. Since it’s made out of metal we purchased these little magnetic hooks that can hold up to 25 pounds each. And we have then hooked all
along the bottom of the table to hold the different pots and pans, so that way it gets
them out of the cupboard and onto a space where
they can be easily reached. We also have the hooks holding to the sides of the table as well for a few extra utensil items and whatnot that you’re gonna need at the oven. So I really love that we
invested in that table. I actually wish we had
bought the bigger one, but Mister, I don’t know why, but when I first saw this
place empty I was like, I don’t know if the bigger
one’s gonna fit in here. And he was like, it will. And I was like, I don’t believe you. And so we bought the little one and we got here and I was like, dang it, we should’ve got the next
size up, you were right. The other thing too is,
again, we simplified a lot of our appliances,
which I’m really happy about. Now we only have the Keurig,
which we really love, ’cause we use it pretty,
I use it almost every day for tea and coffee. The other big appliance that we use a lot, like a lot, Mister Hallease
is in love with this thing, is the Instant Pot. And I feel like everyone
knows what Instant Pots are, I don’t need to explain them, but they’re basically like everything you could ever need in
an appliance in one. And so he’s completely obsessed with his and that got rid of a lot
of appliances for us too. We have my standing mixer. As you all know from my sans-gluten days I was really on my
gluten-free baking grind. Especially now that we
have our own space again I will hopefully get back
into gluten-free cooking and baking for y’all from time to time. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see
more sans-gluten stuff. The other pride and joy I
have is our kitchen table. So I’m literally gonna
turn the camera around. Hello. So if you watch The Beast
Cast you’ll know that this is where we actually usually shoot it. This kitchen table is actually from IKEA and it’s a really cool table, because it folds down. So the table can literally fold down if you want it to creating just a standing spot. The other thing that’s really
cool about this table too is that it also has
storage on either side. So we have our dishware, or we have our silverware on one side and then placemats and other things that you’d probably need at the table area in the other side. The other thing that’s cool about this is that, so this side folds up and we usually keep this side folded up to have dinner with each other, ’cause it’s usually just the two of us. But if we wanna have more people then the other side folds up too and can seat four people comfortably. I think it can seat six, but you might be pushing it a bit. The chairs we use are basically these simple,
foldable picnic style chairs from IKEA as well. The table’s IKEA, this is IKEA. Along with these extra
cushions on them as well. We usually leave them all folded. Also, when I’m working from home I work here at the table. I just set up my run and gun setup, which y’all have seen in a previous video. I’ll link to all of that gear if you wanna have a mobile
setup for your computer. And yeah, I just work
from this table as well. Hey (laughs). Yeah, so living room. Here we are in the living room now. As you saw, we were in the dining and now we’re in the living. This couch is also from IKEA and this is the original, this the original couch from
where we used to live before. We got rid of our other couch, so we just have one now. The TV did make it here after all, along with a few movies
and the Xbox as well. You know, technology,
you gotta have it, right? One thing that I really
love about our couch is these pillows. My mother actually made them for me, had them made for me two Christmases ago. And I love them, I just think they’re such a fun accent to the couch. And they just fit with
the overall aesthetic. If you haven’t noticed as well, all throughout the apartment I have a lot of old cameras everywhere, because they were all
owned by my grandfather, my mother’s father. And after he passed away
she gave them all to me. And they’re one of the few
sort of decorative items that I have around. The cameras are a big. Hi, you’re just like bombarding this video. So yeah, the cameras are a
big part of just my identity, what I do, being a video producer and digital storyteller and what not. Excuse you. Excuse, excuse you. Shall we show them the bedroom? Shall we show them the bedroom? So as I said, I was
just sitting over there. The bedroom. Excuse me. Hey, so yeah, if you’re a Patreon producer then you probably already
know this setup pretty well. This is how I usually shoot
myself to check in with y’all during the Monday motivations
that are exclusive to the Patreon producer folks. If you’re interested in that
that’s where every Monday I put out a quick informal video talking about my to-do list and everything I’m trying to
do as a digital storyteller and what do they call us? Creative entrepreneur. That’s where you can ask a
lot more specific questions about what I do and how I do it. So if you’re interested
in that check it out, They come out every Monday. But yeah, this is the bedroom. It’s very simple, it’s a bedroom. There’s a bed. We each have two nightstands, which are also from IKEA, as well as we used to
have two large dressers, so we have the one dresser now that we still use, that we share, because we actually got rid
of a lot of our clothes. We got rid of so much clothing,
which was really cool. We’re in the bathroom, if that didn’t, if you weren’t keeping up with me. We’re in the bathroom. But something that’s
really interesting and cool about this complex is that the bathroom is combined with the closet and like the laundry area, so it’s all just one big space and the door is right there. I really like this bathroom, because we have a nice,
large counter space, which is cool. Even though there’s only one sink, we finally have like the space
to put just stuff, you know. Something I am still working on is the amount of products I do have. Like I feel like a lot of this stuff that’s under the sink
is just excess products. You know, you wanna try something new, this, that, there, blah. And you just end up accumulating things that you don’t really need. So what I’m focusing on
for the first half of 2019 is just getting through the products. Right now, I mean, the
closet’s pretty well organized and again, y’all don’t know
how much clothes we had before. We really downsized in
regards to how much clothing and attire we have. We keep our linens in just one of the travel boxes that we had before, we just keep all the linens
in there when we need them. And then also we have
just like a few boxes and like luggage that we just keep for when we’re traveling
and things like that, we have stuff to use. Boop. So yeah, that’s pretty
much the whole apartment. Again, I hesitate to call us minimalists, because while we are
trying to do more with less and definitely downsize
and not have too much, I don’t know, we’re not, I don’t feel like we’re
terribly extreme in that regard or I just, I wonder if like
there’s an ideology thing that we maybe aren’t necessarily hitting. Let us know in the comments below. And also, there’s still
areas of the apartment that I’m like, we could get
rid of more stuff there. For example, to my left, camera right, is a bookshelf situation that I’m still trying to work through. You know, like there’s
things in this shelf that we definitely need, but then there’s also knickknacks there that I’m just kind of like, uh. And then it’s also the way it’s organized is a little bit of an eyesore,
but at the end of the day it was one of those
things where I was just, I just needed a space to put some stuff, so we brought it. And then, like I said, the closet is a bit of an area that
I’m still kind of like, there’s room for
improvement there for sure. But for now it’s getting the job done. So yeah, in the comments
below let me know, how are you doing more with less? And would you consider
yourself a minimalist? Would you label yourself with that term? If you’re new here, consider subscribing. I make videos every week
about my chaotic good life. I’m Hallease, I’ll see you when I see you.

58 thoughts on “How we downsized || One Bedroom Apartment Tour

  1. 🌟Congrats on the new apt🌟
    Such a dope idea to use your grandpa's old cameras as part of the decor🌟I'm starting to live a more minimalistic lifestyle myself. I love the ease of less stuff more space😁 As usual, great videography🌟 God bless sis🖤

  2. Thanks for letting us in to your space! I quite like it. It's very industrial which I love. I think minimalism is very interpretative, it looks different for everyone. My friends and family call me a minimalist because my asthetic is clean lines and minimal artwork with greenery sprinkled throughout. I've never liked knick knacks or clutter. I model my apartment after Scandinavian design which Is a lot of woods, whites and black tones. Especially since my travels to Scandinavia over the recent years. I purge my clothes and belongings probably every 6 months or so to rid of things that either dont serve a purpose, benefit or need. I've always tried to live this way. However, it wasn't called minimalism, it was just me not liking clutter or things out of place. Lol

  3. There is definitely a minimalist gestapo floating around the tube but I think minimalism is what you feel like you can live with, minimally…and each person is different. My idea, I have realized is a lot different from other youtubers. I don’t like tchotchkes or anything just to fill up small spaces but I love large art pieces and they fill my walls. I don’t like having tons of physical books visible and so I have a digital library. I don’t like having tons of clothes and so I buy multi-functional pieces to wear over and over again, in different ways. Same with shoes. Whatever makes me feel good and allows me to manage my life more easily and comfortably is my goal. I think you guys are doing a great job! I also want to downgrade to a 1bd or loft-style flat after my daughter leaves for school in a couple of years and just have a much smaller footprint. That is ultimately my goal.

  4. Curios about cutting the tags off of the chair cushions, I am convinced this is a thing, I am trying to understand why. I just had this discussion with a friend who said it wasn’t allowed. She ultimately cut them off but still can’t pinpoint why she didn’t think it was an option before.

  5. In Atlanta I had a 1200 square foot apt at one time. After moving to LA, and wanting to live alone, 300-400 sq feet has started to feel like plenty.

    You look so excited! I love the function vs fashion approach to minimalism: it’s having joy in your few possessions. I’m so happy you guys have your own space again! 🤗

  6. I can't be a minimalist. My husband is a hoarder. We have worked on a compromise though. Everything I feel needs to be thrown away but he can't part with gets put in a box in a closet for at least 6 months. If during that time he needs or wants something from the box its an automatic "keep it". If he never needs something in the box or at the end of 6 months can't tell me what's in the box, we throw the whole box away. More often than not we both forget about the box for a year and just throw it away.

  7. Y’all apartment is so cool. I like how it is aesthetic meets functionality. The tables and cameras might be my top favorite things of your apartment. I know every city is different – but would you save downtown is noisy? I always wanted to live downtown, but not sure. Thanks for sharing this video with us!

  8. Hallease! I'm a minimalist. I'm so happy you living the less is more life. Your apartment is beautiful. I also want to say that I love how much you're opening up more. Not sure if you recognize it but it's really refreshing. I respect you as an artist and creator.

  9. Love you all's apt..yes less is more..I am adapting the minimalist lifestyle because I feel that I don't want to be attached to me inward things are more important than outward things..thanks & blessings

  10. There's an air of contentment about you. It's good to see you so excited about your lovely new space. I've always been a fan of small spaces and I tend to choose functionality and utility above all else. I wouldn't call myself a minimalist just yet but if minimalist and hoarder are the two extremes on a spectrum, I am definitely way closer to minimalist than hoarder. I do not like accumulating things and when something comes in, something else has to go out.

  11. I love the apartment, and I got the vibe that a weight has been lifted of your shoulders compared to your videos from last year.
    Can you have Dakota in more of your videos please??? She's adorable 😍

  12. I lived in a space 1/2 the size of my present residence. I miss my smaller space and would like to downsize at some time soon. Love the open set up, makes the space larger

  13. Am I minimalist? Depends on what part of the house you're talking about. Clothes and shoes. Yup. Skincare. Nope. Kitchen. Nope. Haircare. Yup. General decor and household stuff….my cousin said oh y'all finally decided to try and decorate a little which meant throw pillows, picture frames and 1 piece of art. We're probably on par with where y'all are in the minimalism game. I'm sure there's some ideology we're missing too lol!. We move every few years and we don't like it to be too much of a hassle so we do more with less 😁

  14. Awesome home tour! Can you share the link to your mobile office setup please? I'm interested in the laptop table you use.

  15. So Americans don't own a kettle to make their tea and coffee with? It seems to be a British thing, I only see coffee/tea makers in these house tours. And to answer your question, I wouldn't call myself a minimalist but I do try to do more with less; I would like to show my two young children that you don't need everything their see advertised to them while watching tv.

  16. I love how yall have downsized! I think it is so important to find multi-functional furniture. My grandparents had a table just like yours that folds down and came with four chairs, and I wanted on for YEARS! I'm so glad they are back around!

    I do consider myself a minimalist, but NOT the way the "Only have 50 items in your life" ppl think. I have 300+ DVDs, I have a lot of books, and I still consider myself a minimalist. My co-pilot and I have space for the things we love and use, and our space makes us happy. I think that message is lost within how ppl see minimalism.

  17. Your apartment kind reminds me of me and my bf's apartment, nice and snug and good enough for us. I also live your locs, 3 years and a semi freeformer myself. I do minimal twisting and management as far as separation

  18. as someone who lives in a tiny studio (i think its more like 400 sq ft? in any case, when i sit in my bed i can see every corner of my apartment ) i appreciate this. I was fortunately pretty minimal before moving to nyc, so I didn't have to get rid of much but I have had to get creative. I have a similar kitchen cart with a cooking surface and shelves underneath for my plates, a trunk that I use as a coffee table and store things in that I don't need to get to often, and all my large camera gear lives under my bed.

  19. Quick question – where did you get the wrap at 7:55?

    There are various ways to be a minimalist. Utilizing the space you have and using multipurpose items vs. buying "more stuff" is one way so feel free to call yourself a "minimalist" lol.

  20. A day late but I watched it! I love it! I mean I am familiar with the layouts of those Apts, tho. Curious to know what you’ve done with the book shelf.

  21. I’m in a studio / 1 bedroom in a private house. I am a minimalist but my bf is not lol. I want more space since we have a daughter, but I know more space more crap to clutter our space. I’m trying to de clutter our spot now but it’s so hard since he feels like everything will eventually be needed 😩

  22. I have lived in a furnished basement apartment and an unfurnished one bedroom that was about 500 square feet so I’m all about that small space living life. My place now is a townhome because I married into it and the husband is against moving into a tiny house which is what I really want lol. Awesome video, tips/tricks and beautiful place.

  23. I love your videos keep the podcasts going! You should also do a day in the life and cooking tutorials!!👌🏽👌🏽

  24. Congrats on your new apartment. I've lived in a studio (with a child), a small home and then a larger home. Retirement has me giving serious consideration to downsizing. From what can be seen, the layout of your apartment is nice. I would love to have something like this. I love bright colors so I might do that and use a room divider. Too bad you got rid of the other dresser, it could have been used behind your sofa as a sofa table giving you more storage. Lots of plusses to this set up. Good luck.

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