Are you feeling slightly overwhelmed by a crowded wardrobe, cluttered living area, or just the general disarray around your home? Many of us fall into the trap of just having too many things – way more than we actually need. Whether that be clothing, books, trinkets or furniture, we could all do with a little splash of minimalism in our lives. In this article, we will look at how you can start embracing minimalism at home. If you’re looking to bring some zen and serenity into your home, this article is for you. Read on to find out more!
First Thing’s First
As its name suggests, minimalism start off with decluttering. The first step towards embracing minimalism is getting rid of things around the home that are unnecessary or serve no purpose. You can go about this in many ways – hold a garage sale, give items away to friends and family, donate to charity, or if you still want to keep your belongings, maybe it’s time to chuck them into plastic containers and store them in your garage or at a storage facility. Anything that no longer serves a purpose should be removed from the home. Step one, done and dusted!
2. Stick To One Theme
One thing that you will notice in most minimalist-styled homes is that they stick to a certain theme and do not deviate from it. Whether you choose a serene theme of cool tones or something more traditional, ensure that you stick to it. You can opt for having a focal point in the room, whether it is a piece of art or a feature wall, but try to ensure that everything else in the room is kept as simple as possible. Overcrowding is a huge no no when it comes to embracing minimalism, so choose wisely when it comes to what items or pieces of furniture you want to stand out when someone looks at your room.
3. Embrace Natural Materials
Choosing items or surfaces that are made from natural materials such as wood or granite can bring some real rustic charm into your home, whilst still keeping it within the range of minimalist style. Rustic charm can really enhance the less is more way of living and brings you right back to the basics.
4. It’s Not Just About Your Decor
One of the common misconceptions is that minimalism stops at your home decor. Minimalism comes in many diverse forms, one of which is thinking about the way you choose to consume. How much clothing do you really need? What about food and electricity? Embracing a low waste lifestyle when it comes to electricity usage, food and other items such as cleaning products is a fantastic way of embracing minimalism as well.
5. Spring Clean Your Wardrobe
Too many of us are guilty of having up to hundreds of items of clothing that we realistically do not use. Giving your wardrobe a good reconsideration is a great way to embrace the minimalist lifestyle. Start off by getting rid of clothing that you have not used in years, as well as items of clothing that may no longer fit you. You do not have to throw these clothes away – consider donating them to your local thrift store or giving it away to friends and family.
Stick to filling your wardrobe with essentials; items of clothing that you wear on a regular basis. Always remember to figure out an organisation system that makes it easy for you to choose outfits in the least amount of time possible.
6. Assess Your Home
Once you have decluttered your space, wardrobe and other areas of the home, it’s time to assess your home. Check to see if you have achieved your goals and don’t feel discouraged if you still think you have a way to go. The journey towards minimalism is fluid – it doesn’t have to all happen at once. With little bits of effort here and there, you’ll be living in a calm, serene and minimalistic home in no time.
We hope that this article has given you some insight into how you too can embrace the minimalist lifestyle!