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Things To Do To Create The Perfect Minimalist Home
By a show of hands, if you were to ask a room full of people if they have more stuff in their home than they could ever need or use, you’d likely see a sea of hands up in the air! That’s because, as the years go by, collecting or holding on to possessions is something most people do unknowingly. Until, of course, one fine day, you wake up and realise that your home is filled with clutter, and a lot harder to clean, too.
This is just one of the many reasons why homeowners are looking to adopt a minimalist lifestyle, and that begins with creating a minimalist home.
At this point, we feel the need to mention that minimalism isn’t merely about having a bare, all white aesthetic. You can easily create a minimalist home that is nicely decorated, and even includes pops of colour.
Of course, when you are attempting to make this transformation, the most important thing to remember is - ‘less is more’. Again, this doesn’t have to mean giving away everything you own, but rather getting rid of the excess. Brace yourself, however, this isn’t going to be a walk in the park. In fact, creating a minimalist home is harder because you need to maintain optimal functionality in your home with fewer items.
Nevertheless, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and MaidForYou is happy to show it to you!
Why Switch to a Minimalist Home Now?
When making drastic changes to your lifestyle and/or home, it helps to be reminded about why you are, or should be doing it in the first place. The benefits of a minimalist home that are listed below will serve as motivation to keep you on track as you go about incorporating the little and big changes required to adopt true minimalism. Take a look.
No More Clutter
The act of decluttering AND living in a clutter-free home come with many benefits that also impact your mental wellbeing. You feel more relaxed and at peace when there is less visible ‘noise’ in your surroundings.
Easier to Clean
By itself, a minimalist home is easier to clean because there are fewer things getting in your way. Similarly, decluttering and organising also become quick and simple tasks.
When we buy more than we need, or keep unused items or things that no longer serve us, we end up creating more wastage. The purpose of living minimally is to be content with having everything you need, and nothing more.
A Simplified Life
When there’s too much going on in your house, chaos ensues! Even a task like preparing a meal can be complicated and overwhelming because things are either hard to access, or just not organised efficiently. When you get rid of the excess, you simplify your life.
Nothing Gets Lost
In a minimalist house, you are less likely to lose or misplace things since storage and organisation are never a problem. Everything has a designated storage space, and even if something isn’t put back in its place, you won’t have to rummage through clutter to find it.
Setting Goals For Your Minimalist Home
Before you begin the task of creating a minimalist home, ask yourself what your goals are for the space. Yes, you want to peel back the layers and simplify your home, but that is what is considered to be textbook minimalism for a house. Instead, what you need to do is be more intentional with your goals so that you are thoroughly satisfied with the outcome.
For a better understanding, here are some examples of minimalist house goals that you might find relatable:
More Floor Space
Whether it’s for you, your kids, or pets, freeing up floor space provides a larger area to move around in. This is great for when you want to do more indoor activities, or host dinner and dance parties!
If you have a hectic schedule, keeping your house clean can be difficult and time consuming. So, if your goal is to keep maintenance to a minimum, creating a minimalist home will help you meet that goal.
In order to organise your home better, you need to have adequate storage space. The difference between your current lifestyle and living minimally is that the former will have you looking for ways to add more storage to your house while the latter forces you to reassess your belongings and get rid of unwanted items, thereby creating more storage space.
More Function & Beauty
To be fair, this should be on everyone's list of goals! Who doesn’t want a beautiful, functional home, right? Well, the thing about minimalism is that achieving these two goals is easier because you have more space, and less ‘noise’ that interferes with your aesthetic.
How To Create A Minimalist Home
Now that you are better prepared to create your own minimalist home, there’s nothing left to do but follow the tips below!
#1 Declutter Each Room
Throughout the process of switching to a minimalist lifestyle, and creating a home to match it, you will find that decluttering your house is the biggest, and most challenging task of them all. With that said, by the end of getting rid of clutter from every room in your home, you will instantly feel the weight of the world lifted off your shoulders! In fact, in many homes, removing clutter from the house is as good as completing half the job. Just remember to start small so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Always keep large cardboard boxes on standby which should be used to collect items you intend to donate, discard, or store away.
#2 Re-evaluate Your Storage
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the excess, look at the storage you have at your disposal; is it enough, or do you need more? If you’ve purged like a true minimalist, you should have ample storage space for everything you need. On the other hand, if you require additional storage for specific items, consider using concealed areas for this. For example, use pull out drawers under the bed to store linen, shoes, and seasonal clothing. This way, you free up more space in your closets and cupboards while doing away with an external shoe rack, too.
#3 Organise Efficiently
If you’ve never been the best at organising, this is your chance to start from scratch, and improve your organisational skills. It helps a whole lot to add organisers like drawer dividers, clear plastic containers, and other organising aids to your storage. Not only do they do a great job at keeping an assortment of things neat and organised, but they help save space as well.
#4 Make Use of Wall Space
Rather than having a stand-up showcase cabinet, or console table, consider wall-mounted shelving to display decorative pieces. On the one hand, it uses up negative space that would otherwise be wasted, and on the other, it frees up floor space. If you have a lot of bare walls in a room, shelves, or even a small wall cabinet are great options to add seamless beauty and simplicity to the space.
#5 Be Practical About What You Bring Into Your Home
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and buy something spontaneously; however, very often, the things we buy are rarely used, or even needed to begin with! In your journey to lead a minimalist lifestyle, it’s always a good idea to ask yourself whether the things you are choosing to bring back to your home are going to be useful, and if they will allow you to continue maintaining a minimalist home. When you become more mindful about these things, you will see the impact it makes in the long run.
#6 Be Consistent With Fabrics
While mixing and matching does work for a minimal aesthetic, there is a fine line between contrasting, and overdoing it. With that in mind, you should consider incorporating 3-5 different materials that complement each other, while also adding some texture to the mix. This applies to all the upholstery in the room including curtains, rugs, throws, etc.
#7 Choose Big Decor
When you compare one, big decorative piece to a bunch of small pieces, you will notice how the simplicity of large, stand-alone decor makes more of a visual impact. Decorating with items like an oversized floor mirror, or a large vase in the corner tends to catch your eye quickly while still providing a minimal aesthetic. If you’re not intentional with small decor, it can give off a more cluttered appearance which is the opposite of a minimalist home.
#8 Stick With Light, Neutral Shades
Unless you are leaning more towards an all-white interior, pick neutral tones for your colour theme. Consider a palette with cool or light shades like ash gray, beige, cream, or baby pink. Earthy colours in moderation can also complement a room with light-coloured walls. The most important thing to remember when creating a minimalist home is to give the space a light and airy appearance. This is best achieved with a neutral colour palette for the interior.
#9 Add a Natural Touch
Natural materials and textures are simple yet visually appealing at the same time. From wooden furniture and textiles, to plants and flowers; a nature-inspired setup is decorative in itself that it seldom requires additional decor. On top of this, natural beauty is unmatched, and works extremely well for a minimal aesthetic. Bear in mind, however, that natural materials and textures can be quite bold on their own; therefore, it is important not to go overboard with what you want to include in the room. It’s simply all about adding a natural touch to the space!
#10 Switch to Multipurpose Furniture
There is an endless variety of innovative furniture pieces that are multifunctional. They are incredibly useful to have in a minimalist home where your goal is to have less, yet have all your needs met. From pull-out couches and convertible dining tables to ottomans with shoe storage and end tables that double as stools; look for pieces that will serve your home’s and your needs. Of course, if you are able to achieve a well-functioning minimalist home with your existing furniture, there’s no need to replace or purchase anything more.
#11 Contrast, Don’t Clash
Everything from your upholstery, colours, decor pieces, and textures must blend well together. If you find anything that seems to clash with something else in the room, it must be reconsidered. The goal is to create harmony with simplicity, and that means not incorporating items that are ‘loud’ or add ‘noise’ to the aesthetic. It’s a good idea to enlist the help of an interior decorator if you are unsure of how to create the perfect contrast for your minimalist home.
#12 Keep it Simple
It’s hard not to get carried away when it comes to decorating or buying new stuff because you suddenly feel like you have plenty of space for everything! This is where you need to be reminded of what it truly means to live in a minimalist house, and follow a lifestyle that supports it. Another thing to remember is that ‘simple’ is not ‘lesser than’ in any way; in fact, a simple home aesthetic is beautiful and sought after by many homeowners who are in the same boat you were in before you decided to create your own minimalist home.
If the house you live in is far from being a minimalist home, it doesn’t mean that you cannot create one. It all starts with one simple step, followed by another, and before you know it, you will be living in your dream minimalist home! Remember, this is not something that one can achieve overnight, but that’s why a guide like this exists - to help you create the perfect minimalist home in 12 simple steps!
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