Think of minimalist home styling as Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary’s cooler, older sister. It blends several elements of modernity, yet gives a fresh, mature perspective on materialistic value.
You’ve heard of the phrase, “less is more,” right? Well, that’s exactly what minimalism is — living a simplistic lifestyle while placing value on your ‘everyday’ necessities. It’s all about being grateful for the items that serve you best and utilizing them to their fullest potential! Minimalism is often seen as a way to reduce stress, save money and care for the planet. In a consumer-driven society though, it can also be seen as too restrictive or “boring”. And better yet, oftentimes minimalism is portrayed as getting rid of everything you own in one large, yet overwhelming gesture. Minimalism’s reputation just can’t seem to win!
When it comes to your home, there are so many benefits to embracing minimalism. But, if you’re looking to spice up your minimalist lifestyle, or just don’t know where to start, we’ve got seven ways to make the transition into minimalist living at home (without the overwhelming gestures or sacrificing the excitement!):
Write down your intention/goal
As you make the shift to minimal living, setting your mindset must be your first priority. Ask yourself, “why do I want to live minimally? What’s my goal?” Whether you reflect internally, through journaling, or with those living in your home, this step is crucial. As you decide what’s most important to you, you’ll find the process is more overwhelming than you might’ve anticipated. Having a set goal and timeline for yourself, your home, and your life to always turn to in these moments will ease the process for you!
Assign value to your items
Take a look around and add meaning to your stuff after you’ve decided what your goal is. We’re not talking about your “big ticket” must-haves here; we’re talking about your “do I really need this?” purchases. And if you’re anything like me and have an “attachment to unneeded things” problem, this is a good reminder that just because something is “cute” or “trendy” doesn’t mean it adds value to your life in the way you think it does. Trends change so quickly these days that it’s hard to keep up. That’s why the greatest approach to stop the trend is to fill your home with timeless, elegant, and basic objects.
Like anything home decor, YOU have to decide what items will stand the test of your own decor eye. A very high-level example: try sticking with solid colors, simple lines and keep things consistent.
Take things room by room
Decluttering is incredibly overwhelming. Maintaining a clean and tidy space can be even more overwhelming. Set time aside each day to tidy up your space. If you put off cleaning until your home is turned upside down, it only discourages you from cleaning even more. Creating a checklist can help you stay on track and organized!
Decide on a few focal points
Not every aspect of your home needs to be a focal point. Even in a minimalist mindset though, there’s room for your favorite artwork, bookshelf or floral arrangements.
Do you really need extra coffee mugs or that extra mixer that was a wedding gift? Letting go can be difficult, but the reward is coming up with new uses for your items. This not only keeps your decor functional, yet interesting, but helps create that value that’s foundational to minimalist living. Multi-purposeful items are a great way to ensure you’re not ditching the items you love most. Better yet, up-cycling is also an excellent, sustainable option — tap into your creative side and create exciting DIY projects!
Save up for high-quality pieces
While seasons and fads come and go, if you find yourself needing to refresh your home decor on a regular basis, we’ve got the right option for you. Rather than cluttering your area with ever-changing items, invest in long-lasting design and storage. Splurging on high-quality products isn’t for everyone, but if you want to be a minimalist, switching to more expensive, high-quality home items now will save you money in the long run. Plus, no matter how old you become, there’s always a sense of anticipation when saving for something you really, truly want!
Get you an agent to help you out
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