When you focus on
what truly matters, many people say, you would realize that people should
actually have but a few needs. Yet today’s world makes you obsess over
technology, money, and all the stuff that money can buy. It is all about
wanting more and having more when, in reality, all you really need is to shift
your focus and you’d have less stress.
According to the book Simple Living: 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life, minimalism is all about shifting her focus on her priorities and getting rid of the things that don’t matter. While it differs per person, minimalism could also include having just a few material possessions.
Minimalism goes beyond material properties, though. It can also teach many life lessons such as how you can better monetize your time, how to improve your relationships, and how decluttering can even bless the lives of other people.
You might think that you are living a pretty normal life right now where you have every single thing that you value (perhaps you’re even wishing for more). Yet if you want more time with your family, more time to give back to the community, or more time for other activities that you actually enjoy doing, then something’s got to give.
The Minimalist Home
A home that’s free from excess or clutter is not that easy to achieve. First, you must consider the space that you actually need. Know your limitations when it comes to the minimal amount of space that won’t make you feel claustrophobic.
Pick the colors that will open up your home. Remember, dark colors tend to cramp a space so use light colors such as light neutrals and shades of white.
Next, find out what furnishings you need. Consider only the essentials. Is there really a need for more furniture when you already have a dining set, bed, sofa, a dresser, and a night stand? Stick only to the basics.
Also, make sure that you do not cram that queen size bed into a small bedroom. Small bedrooms should have smaller pieces of furniture. A twin size bed will make a room more spacious looking than having a king size fit with minimal spaces to spare.
Collect only the bare essentials. To do this, find out what you really love. Do you like books? Then go ahead and collect the books that make you happy.
Decorate in simplicity. Use smaller bookcases and end tables so you can have more open spaces. Hang just a frame or two of art or family photographs on every wall. For the rest of your home, keep ‘em bare.
Another way to set up a minimalist home is to clear all the floors. Be sure to arrange the furniture in a way that you can have sufficient walk space. Keep your clutter off the floors by investing in smart storage.
Instead of the usual plastic bins, though, find furniture that can double as storage units. An ottoman that doubles as a storage unit would be a wonderful addition to your home.
Clutter tends to grow overtime so give away the stuff that you no longer use. As you unpack, keep only the things that you need and buy only the essential things.
At the end of the day, you must discipline yourself to keep your home clean. It is so easy to just throw your coat or jacket at a corner when you come home from a long day at the office. Instead of doing so, why not take the time to put it right where it should be aerated? This will only take an additional minute or two.