Does minimalist living speak to you?
Minimalism is a conscious choice of simplifying life by owning less. This concept is a stamp to the thinking that we do not need to keep accumulating material possessions to be happy. It trains us to be less attached to possessions and instead find fulfillment from within.
Storing everything and hoping to put them into use one day is only a tale. One day never comes. When finding sentimental value in every item and keeping them on window ledges, under the bed, rooms start to seem smaller and cleaning is a tedious task, right? It does not have to be the case. You can opt for minimalism.
This gives us the freedom to own necessary items and those that add meaning to life. In organizing a minimalist space, placement of each object is purposeful. A single item like a plant, artwork, fabric, colour, and the like can become a centrepiece in a room. The use of colours in items and walls are collectively minimal too.
Minimal spaces radiate calm and wholesomely contributes to our wellbeing. We are able to clean our homes with little effort and to know where everything is. The whole point of minimalism is not to save money as much as videos on this concept show empty rooms. It is, however, to empower us to become more mindful on what we spend money on and to do so on what we truly want, whether it is on purposeful experiences or items. Still, minimalists manage to save a lot of money by cutting back on unnecessary purchases.
If you are going for a minimalistic look, setting out an intention on how you want your home to look and feel like gives you clarity on the items you are going to keep. There is not any definite number of stuff to own and there is not one way of designing a minimal space, you can adopt this lifestyle to suit your needs and taste. Go with the flow with what feels right to you.
Simplifying your living space starts with decluttering items. Here are things you can declutter.
- Dispose empty tins and jars around your home
Torn, broken, faded, worn out and expired items fall here. Go to room after room collecting these items.
- Get rid of extra, multiple items
It is easy to hoard needful possessions. As much as they are neccessary to have, we only use them in small numbers. Utensils, stationery, clothes, storage tins, makeup products, shopping bags, newspapers, wall hangings, grooming equipment, calendars, are some of the things we hoard. You could have a set or two of items, hang one calendar, store one reusable shopping bag.
- Purge items you have never used in the last six months
Purge items you have never used in the last six months. These could include things you love but since you have not been using them, it is highly unlikely that you would. You could donate or sell them.
- Discard possessions that no longer appeal to you
The reason behind minimalism is to own things that speak to you. These are items that we choose to keep out of sight, in drawers and what-not but they still occupy a space.
- Items you recently bought some of
Replace items you already own when you make new purchases. As much as you may love some of your old belongings, replacing them with new, better items keeps your living area well-ordered.
Remember, minimalism is a practice. Regularly go through your possessions to keep decluttering and sprucing up your home. You could go on a 30-day minimalism challenge or one of 100-things to declutter, a weekly declutter routine or spending ten minutes every day to declutter one area, and so on to have your ideal home. And, equally important, is to making this as part of your lifestyle by continually decluttering and rethinking before acquiring anything for your home.
How does minimalism speak to you?