The appeal of minimalist homes, with their serene bare walls and inspiring way of living with less, are filling up our Insta and Pinterest feeds these days. How would you like to say goodbye to all of that clutter?
As we begin to detect the first signs of spring, it’s all too common to feel the urge to declutter, organize, and minimize the belongings in our homes.
What’s the appeal? We could probably all agree that there’s nothing quite like the feeling of a freshly spruced space; in fact, studies have even proven it to reduce cortisol (stress) levels. With busy lives, having less stuff everywhere can help us keep our focus on what’s important.
You’d think that having less is easy, right? But having to pare down our belongings and make space can actually be really overwhelming.
So instead of binge-watching the latest season of House of Cards, try our step-by-step approach to minimalist design to help you kick things off.
Walk into the room of your home and ask yourself, “Would this room work without ___?” Start with the big items (like artwork even coffee tables) and work down to the smaller stuff (decorations, smaller appliances, and knick knacks).
Organize Stuff Into Piles
Place each item into one of three separate piles – toss, recycle or donate, and keep.
This is the most important step to achieving the pared-back look. You’ll really want to consider every piece carefully before returning it to its place. Now that everything is out of the way, take a good, hard look at the space. Are you using it to its fullest potential? If so, put the items in the ‘keep’ pile back into place.
Not to worry if you’ve re-envisioned the space entirely by now! Don’t be afraid to reassess the items in the ‘keep’ pile – it’s never too late to donate.
Restore and Relax
Now it’s time to give your items in the recycle/donate pile a new home. There are some great organizations in the Fraser Valley which can always use your gently used belongings – be sure to ask us today!
Then, breathe in and out, and relax.
Moving forward… you’ll really want to be mindful of what enters your space. Not only is purchasing and consuming more items harmful for the environment, it will disrupt this zen you’ve worked so hard to build!
One philosophy that works really well for some, is the one in, one out mantra – every time you bring something new home, you must donate something.
Being vigilant about clutter and your personal style is a developed skill, but applying these four steps to every room of your home a few times a year will go a long way towards making this easier!
But – let’s keep it real. Even the minimalist home still has a junk drawer, right?