Any home can be minimalist; it’s about creating a calm, clutter-free space that still provides you with everything you need. The first thing to do is discover what you really want your home to be – it’s easy to get confused or influenced by the latest colour trends that you never really identify what your true style is. Go back to the beginning and start with a blank mood board to figure out what you really want your home to look like.
Decluttering may be difficult for some while liberating for others, but the end result will often be the same – a calm retreat, free of distraction, with space to think, breathe and relax. First, try walking into a room, walk back out and try to memorize the items that are within it – those that automatically pop into your head are more likely to be those that are more important to you than those you forgot about.
It can be completely overwhelming to try and turn your home into a minimalist haven overnight, so just focus on one room at a time, giving each the attention it deserves. Tackle the biggest clutter hot spots first. Use the 80/20 rule – when it comes to clothing, we generally only wear around 20% of the clothes we own 80% of the time. Your mission is to apply this rule generally to all possessions, getting rid of the things you don’t use 80% of the time.
Many of us have that chair in the corner of the room that we pile clothes on top of rather than putting them away – if we were being brutally honest, most of us never use the chair to actually sit in, just as an extension of the wardrobe. If we got rid of 80% of our clothes like we just mentioned, we wouldn’t need to put them on the chair because there would be plenty of room in the wardrobe. And voila, there’s suddenly a patch of floor you’ve never seen before, making the room feel bigger, lighter and a better space to spend time in.
You don’t have to be a total purist to achieve the minimalist look, it’s best to only have possessions on display that hold deep sentimental value or tell a personal story. Make sure everything else has a home – if there isn’t a specific spot for each item to be stored it will never get put away, leaving surfaces to become easily cluttered.
To create a serene environment after all that physical decluttering, you need to ensure that your decorative choices reflect this as well. Avoid colour clashing, loud patterns or bold colours, or at the very least, keep these to accents. Make spaces feel lighter and brighter with soothing neutrals, reflective materials and a harmonious, tonal colour palette. Keep large surface areas plain, covered with solid blocks colour or raw, natural materials.
Sometimes a fresh start is what you need to simplify and transform your life at home. A new house could put your woes at ease – reach out and we can work on finding the perfect home for you!