Aside from that and buying some food, kitchen and bathroom utensils and supply's, that was basically it. (apart from my clothes and personal effects)
I bought a cheap but new washer and dryer ( a little room was provided with hookups). I bought a cheap stand for the living room tv, a coffee table, a table for my computer and after a while, replaced the bedroom tv with a more expensive one. A side table for the sofa Then, I left it be.
I had all I actually needed and did not worry about blank walls, no pictures, no rugs. no color variation to think of. Two years of that.
But during the second year the lockdown happened which led to retirement and I became fascinated with home buying and home décor tv shows. I began to see how the placement of items, the color schemes, pictures on the walls, the lighting etc would make a huge difference to the way a place would look. It began to matter that I wanted some variation, some zoning, as much as you could do in a rental.
First I did area rugs and mats. Already a difference. I have just ordered a load of artificial plants and paintings (a bit dark in my place for real plants). I also intend to get some accent colored led lamps. I'm not that far off completing the transformation.
I thought I would remain a minimalist as it's easy to maintain. However, after trying it for two years I found a real need for color and variation. I will never have a clogged place full to the brim with nick nacks and possessions, but need some variation and color in the décor.
Interesting how things begin to matter when your no longer going out to work each day and just viewing it as a place to crash.
Here's a very short docu on minimalism and maximalism. The answer, for me lies somewhere in-between. https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07zg...nd-minimalists
Which one are you closest too?