6 Ways to Purge the Clutter and Adopt a Minimalist Approach
Are you ready to purge the clutter and transform your home into your minimalistic vision? Minimalism is trending in the interior design sector and for several positively life-altering reasons.
Adopting minimalism into your interior design project will provide you with many benefits, including less stress, more space, frees you from your relationship with the past, and even leads you to make more environmentally sustainable choices.
Today, I will teach you how to clear the clutter and invite more space, mentally and physically, with a few handy minimalist tips.
1. Prepare yourself for the upcoming changes
Many people believe adopting minimalism is only about purging the clutter. Yes, it does have a strong focus on getting rid of material possessions, but there is more to this interior design style.
Minimalism involves breaking yourself from the relationship with our culture that believes more is better.
This constant pressure to keep up with the Joneses creates a consistent flow of stress, comparison, and inferiority, leading you to question your internal and external environment.
Don’t listen to the critics. You don’t need the newest 3D screen or even travel to Morocco to buy a traditional rug for your hallway. You are enough as you and your home are.
It is time to eliminate the comparison mentality and prepare yourself for the unlimited benefits a simplistic design provides, including inviting peace, tranquility, and more time for passion into your life.
Remember, you are worth it, no matter the size of your powder room. Besides, quaint powder rooms are the best.
2. Practice less is more
Now that we discussed the importance of removing the more is better approach, it’s time to practice the less is more lifestyle.
When we declutter, it can create a series of intense and confusing feelings.
You might feel excited one minute and sad the next. From childhood to adulthood, our process of becoming attached to items is par with the course.
As a child, owning toys fosters a sense of independence, and as a teenager, we select items that portray our identity or perceived sense of self.
Even as adults, the items we invite into our lives mirror memories, experiences, and relationships. Each item in our house has a story that explains who we were, who we are currently, and who we want to be.
But when we finally rid ourselves of the attachment to items that no longer serve a purpose, it can create liberating energy, making us feel excited and happy.
Practicing less is more beyond initially transforming your home will ensure these positive feelings of growth and excitement last. When out and about, remember the less is more approach and decide if you really need that extra end table.
3. Use minimal colors to create an illusion
When you eliminate unnecessary items, you create more space and a subtle openness that makes your smaller rooms appear larger.
Even focusing on a smaller range of specific colors can create the illusion of more space. Colors such as white will complement natural lighting, uplift your spirits, and create brighter energy.
If you need a pop of color, try yellow or cool shades of blue and green. Yellow has the same space-enhancing effect as white because it reflects natural lighting.
But be careful when you select your yellow hue.
Combining a soft yellow such as dandelion with white accents in your window trimmings, for example, creates more minimalistic energy than opposed to neon.
And cool shades of blue and green also create brightness while giving the room spacious energy with a calming effect.
Painting your bedroom or dining room sea-foam blue will create an ocean-like esthetic, making you feel relaxed and ready for your next vacation.
4. Design with an intention
When implementing minimalism, try not to become overwhelmed by the number of items you want to remove.
Choose one room at a time and intentionally design with the “everything has a place and reason” approach.
This approach is helpful when removing clutter and allocating every item to a select home.
Investing in stylish storage can quickly free up space in an elegant manner while also giving every item a place.
When decluttering one room at a time, move with intention and discover the hidden purpose.
Ask yourself, do I really need this item? When was the last time I used that plate, read that book, or even sat in that chair?
Asking these questions will help create your minimalist vision with intention.
5. Subtle window treatments invite more space
Many Pinterest boards that contain minimalist home designs are usually light, simple, and have large uncluttered windows. While this style of windows is beautiful, you can still value your privacy by designing your home with window treatments.
Choosing the perfect window treatment can be just as stressful as designing your kitchen. If you choose the wrong curtains, it can throw off the entire vibe and create a confined space.
Sheer curtains that are not too heavy and are floor-length make your rooms appear larger while adding sophistication.
They also incorporate the simplistic fluid lines that create the foundation of minimalistic design.
Depending on the color of your walls, you can also choose light or jewel-hued colors that give a pop of color.
On many occasions, the style of the curtain is more important than the color. Floor-to-ceiling window curtains with fluid lines create a sophisticated flow of fabric. Wave pleated designs are also suitable for large windows and create an elegant feel.
6. Remove unnecessary accessories and furniture
Adopting a minimalistic approach does not require saying goodbye to every accessory you own. It involves strategically choosing accessories that give a space-enhancing effect and that showcase your personality.
Stick to the less is more approach, and play around with your accessories to create a personal yet stimulating effect. Mix a combination of vintage and modern pieces to create contrast and showcase a hip yet elegant style.
The same approach applies to your furniture. You don’t need to break the bank and buy trendy furniture. Classic bright furniture with clean lines makes rooms feel more inviting, lively and is always in style.
Which one of these ideas inspired you the most?
Each minimalist tip will allow you to feel less cluttered, both internally and externally. Walking into an overstuffed room after a long stressful day at work can intensify the stress.
By intentionally decluttering your home, one room at a time, and freeing yourself from the constraints of consumerism, you free up mental space and time to focus on what you love.
With a newly opened living room, you can enjoy your cup of coffee while reading your book and feel relaxed with your minimalist progress.
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