Enjoying the Simple Things in Life - Creating a Minimalist Home
The very ethos of minimalism is that less is more! There have been scientific studies that suggest clutter can lead to increased levels of stress. Many people find it very difficult to organise their homes if they have too much stuff. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed. If you genuinely find it difficult to keep your home organised, why not consider adopting a minimalist style for your home? There are many benefits to adopting a minimalist lifestyle. You can make your home look more aesthetically pleasing by getting rid of the clutter. Minimalism strives on quality over quantity. The few decorations you have will add more to your home than an abundance of ornaments you collected over the years. Another added benefit is that a minimalist home will make it far easier to clean. By owning fewer bits and pieces, you have far less to tidy up. All of these add to the extra comfort of clarity of mind. A simple home leads to a clear mind. You’re more likely to stay relaxed in your own home when it feels more organised. A minimalist home will help you to unwind after work and on the weekends.
First things first, you’re going to have to get rid of your stuff! This seems to be the number one rule when it comes to organisation. You’re not going to achieve a minimalist home without decluttering. Get rid of anything you no longer need or that doesn’t fit your personality. Minimalism doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the things you love. Instead, you’re simply emphasising your most loved objects by disposing of all the unnecessary ones. For instance, if you’re an avid book lover there is no need to discard all your cherished collection. Rather, you dispose of all the other items that are currently cluttering your bookshelf. Be picky and you will reap the rewards in time.
Minimalism is all about adopting inspiration from Scandinavian interior design. Keep furniture to a minimum by only keeping the essentials. Your choice of furniture should also be considered. Furniture with clean lines or simple curves appear more stylish and effortless. Plain colours are the way forward. There’s nothing wrong with a pop of colour but stick to just one. Keep patterns to a minimum by sticking to simple geometric shapes. Minimalism is supposed to match your personality, so it doesn’t mean everything has to remain plain. Instead, accentuate your personality but keep it minimal. It’ll stand out more across a sea of neutral tones.
Everything has its own place when it comes to minimalism. It’s all about being clever with your storage. You can help clear out your space by hiding your stuff away. You’re never going to be able to get rid of everything so invest in some stylish storage. But that’s okay because you’re most likely going to need these items. Toiletries can make any room feel cluttered, but they are essential. Simply put them away so they’re out of sight. It’s not cheating unless you get caught! Treat yourself and buy a large storage piece to help organise your necessities. Keep your drawers divided and tidy. You want to carry that minimalist ethos around.
One of the most important aspects of minimalism is to keep things tidy. Surfaces should be kept clear to make your space look and feel cleaner. This carries on from the previous tip of keeping all your stuff organised. The point of minimalism is not to discard everything in your life but to reorganise your essentials. Everything in your home has its own place. Once you’ve organised where everything belongs, keep it that way. The same theory goes for your wall surfaces as well. Be selective on what you choose to hang up. This should remain personal to you. There is no point in hanging something on the wall just for the sake of it.
The point of adopting neutral colours is to make your home look cleaner and fresher. This doesn’t mean your home has to look bland. In fact, this will probably make your home look cosier. Choose warm and earthy tones to add an element of comfort. Once again, this is supposed to emphasise your personality. The neutral tones will sit back to make your beloved painting or treasured ornament stand out. Think of a museum. Their interior is often kept simple so that your eyes are instantly drawn to the works of art.
Embrace Different Textures
As minimalism tends to embrace more plain colours, it’s best to purchase some different styles of textiles. Blankets are the best option as there is a wide variety available. There is a range of different fabrics to choose from. Cushion covers are a great option because they also come in numerous different materials. Fabrics range from velvet, silk, cotton, knitted throws, and the list goes on and on. Just be sure to keep the colours neutral and matching. As minimalism can verge on being bland if you’re not too careful, textiles will help add an element of homeliness back.
Adding a soft rug will keep to the minimalist vibe whilst making your place feel homier.
Minimalism is a great lifestyle to adopt to help increase your sense of calm. It will make your life easier as you will spend less time trying to keep your place tidy and organised. It can be very difficult to throw away most of your items, but you’ll be thankful for it by the end. Minimalism is not about getting rid of every single item. Minimalism is about accentuating your personality by only keeping things that have meaning to you. It will make you appreciate all your stuff more if you have less of it too! If you’re thinking about moving soon, now is the perfect time to start afresh and adopt a minimalist style for your home. Reach out to one of our letting specialists at QuickLets and we’ll help you to find your next rental property.