Minimalism is an increasingly popular trend in homes around the world. Rather than keeping houses full of knick-knacks, artwork, furniture, and other objects, homeowners are moving towards bright, empty space instead. Minimalism is the practice of owning as few possessions as possible, limiting yourself to only what you need. In the context of home decor, this manifests itself as an open, clutter-free household.
And it has so many benefits for your life. As well as making your home look more clean and attractive, it also saves you a great deal of time cleaning and tidying. It makes it easier to find your belongings and you will have a lot more space to roam around. A minimalist style can make any home feel much bigger. But the most significant benefit is for your mental health. A cluttered, disorganized space can make you feel stressed and anxious without even realizing it. As soon as you embrace the benefits of minimalism you will instantly feel calmer and more relaxed in your daily life.
But how do you get started with minimalism?
The first step on your minimalist journey will be to declutter your entire household. The best way to do this is to systematically go through every room of your house and consider each object. There will be items you can’t bear to live without and that’s fine. No one is asking you to live like a monk. But by considering each item, you will establish clearly in your mind whether you actually need it in your life. In this age of streaming, do you need those old CDs and DVDs? Will the personal care industry survive if you stop buying all those fancy cosmetics? Are your kids ever going to play with those toys again? Anything you decide to get rid of can be recycled, sold, or taken to the charity shop so don’t worry about waste. And once you start decluttering, you’ll find it hard to stop.
Form good habits
Once you’ve created all that extra space from decluttering, you don’t want to fall back into your old ways. Make a pact to form good habits to keep your house neat and tidy at all times. For example, set the rule of always washing dishes immediately after a meal, or cleaning up countertops before going to bed. Hang clothes up rather than throwing them on the floor, and ensure every single object in your home has its place.
Be smart with storage
For those items you can’t live without, smart storage is a great way to keep it out of sight and maximize your space. Plastic containers that tuck away in the back of a wardrobe or under the bed are great for things you don’t need on a day-to-day basis. And for more discreet alternatives, you could even consider underfloor or under-stair storage.
Bring in less
If you are the kind of person who loves shopping and hoarding belongings, you need to be strict with yourself or the clutter will just build up again. Refrain from shopping until you need it and stop to think before bringing anything new into your home.