The minimalism trend has shown no signs of slowing down in recent years. With many Brits still living in tiny city apartments, minimalism is not just a design choice. It’s survival.
The less is more principle can make your space feel bigger and brighter, even if you have very little floor space. It’s all about focusing on essential and purposeful items instead of lots of material possessions. Most of us don’t need more stuff in our lives, but we do need clearer minds.
Minimalism can help you to feel calm and destressed, even in the middle of the city. Select the pieces you love and eliminate the excess. Let’s get into the ins and outs of what it means to be a minimalist.
How to declutter your space
There are lots of different ways to go about decluttering. The KonMari Method has had a lot of attention in the last few years, and it involves keeping items that spark joy. This mindful possession technique helps reduce your items while keeping the things that hold emotional, monetary or aesthetic value.
The one-in, one-out rule is a little easier to put into practice. Every time you buy an item, you have to relinquish something else in your collection. That way, you don’t collect clutter, and you are likely to make more considered purchases.
Organising and Storing Essentials
Your daily and even weekly essentials should be easily accessible. But things you only use once a year or even once every few months don’t need to be front and centre. Start implementing smarter storage solutions, like under-the-stairs cupboards, to house your non-essentials. This could be things like Christmas decorations, ski gear, suitcases, etc.
Keeping it aesthetic
Once you have your decluttering and storage solutions sorted, your home might feel a little empty. You can be a minimalist and still have a few home decorations dotted around to make it feel cosy. Instead of using up surfaces and floor space, look to the walls of your home. You could add some floating shelves with a few knick-knacks to add a personal touch to your space.
Add colour to your minimal home with some photos and prints on the walls or stacked on a shelf. These small touches keep it feeling homely and stylish without looking cluttered.
Minimalism is a lifestyle
The minimalist approach isn’t a one-off activity. You have to declutter your space regularly to keep it clear and functional. Some people like to declutter every month, others prefer once a year. Find what works for your lifestyle and keep your home clean and clutter-free.