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People talk about one of the biggest problems in their home being the race for space. But if you are trying to make it more spacious so you can accommodate more items, have you thought about going in the opposite direction? A minimalist home has a number of benefits, not just physically, but in terms of your mindset as well. So if you have been considering this very popular movement, what have you got to think about?
If You Have to Store Stuff, Put it Out of Sight
If you want to be minimalist, but you cannot bear to part with your DVD collection, you very simply have to be better with your storage skills. The great thing about this is there are plenty of ways to store items effectively. For example, you can store items vertically, but you can also install underfloor storage or an under stairs storage solution. This is a very useful tactic because it will not detract from your space and you will have the luxury to keep everything that you want. Ideally, decluttering your DVD collection would be a better place to begin!
Simplifying the Space
You can declutter, but you don’t want to be removing everything. So rather than decluttering, think about simplifying. It needs to have a significant benefit to your frame of mind. When you look at an item in a room, for example, a chair, you need to ask yourself if it is adding to your life. If you can live without something, get rid of it. When you bring a room down to the bare essentials, this will help you to develop your attitude to simplifying your life, which will naturally filter over into other aspects of how you got about your business. Remember, simple does not mean boring! A lot of people do not like the idea of minimalism because they think that removing everything means that they are going to become “vanilla” people, but you’re just making things simpler.
Use Everything for Its True Purpose
In terms of your home, use its room for what it was intended, but you can still decorate, albeit in a simpler way. For example, you can create accents or focal points in a minimalist space, such as a vase of flowers. And if you are still looking for a way to create a more vibrant room, you can use flowers with brighter colours.
There Should Be a Place for Everything
One of the most important things in having a minimalist home is to find a place for everything you have. Make sure that everything serves its purpose. So when you find a location, you must stick to it. One of the best ways to go about this is to think about the logical locations where that item tends to be used which will make for a more efficient and streamlined home, allowing you to sit back and enjoy everything. A minimalist home is about making sure everything serves its purpose.
Minimalism is supposed to detract from stress. This is why making sure your home is simpler can be the perfect starting point.