How to Make Your Home Minimalist
- Remove any non-meaningful knick-knacks. When we talk about minimalism, the first thing that comes to mind is getting rid of meaningless and non-useful knick-knacks. Minimalism is the opposite of hoarding; it's about getting rid of the clutter. Doing this is essential because you can start to see the meaning in the things that truly matter to you.
- Only use a few crucial furniture pieces. Use a couch, loveseat, or anything that you know you are going to be sitting in. Store away or give away any furniture that you know that you won't use.
- Clear your table's and mantle's surfaces. This tip goes along with clearing knick-knacks. To make your home minimalist, you are going to clear objects from every mantle and tabletop.
- Start with minimalizing one room at a time. It's easy to get carried away and minimalize throughout the entire house, but unless you just moved into an empty home, we suggest that you start one room at a time. The key to minimalizing is motivation. If you see one place completed, you will want to move to the next. If you don't, you will feel like you will never get it done.
- Start with removing the furniture first. If you have a coffee table you aren't using, sell it, or give it away. Storing large objects can take space and clutter another area. Keep this in mind when removing unnecessary furnishings.
- If it isn't necessary, remove it. Similar to the previous point, get rid of things you aren't using. It may be tempting to keep it, but that is the same trap that hoarders fall into. Keep the end goal in mind, and don't remove anything that has meaning. Accumulation of only meaningful items is what makes minimalism so special.
- You should remove objects from the floors. The only items that should be on the ground is a rug and your sitting furniture. Anything else is an obstacle. Get it out of there.
- Try to hide all visible wires and all unnecessary objects. Wires, routers, game systems, and alike all grab space. This space is needed to be decluttered. Find some creative ways to hide or store these objects out of sight.
- Remove unnecessary objects from the walls. Aside from meaningful photos or paintings, don't use too many shelves. Wall space can be utilized as a potential negative space.
- Use simple paintings or photos. Elaborate paintings or photos can give the illusion of clutter, which is why abstract paintings and macro-photographs are so popular with minimalist homes.
- Don't use too many bold colors. If you can, stay away from as many bold colors as you can. Bold colors can grab attention, which can distract from minimalism and negative space.
- If you use patterns, make sure they are simple. Similar to bold colors and elaborate imagery, patterns can clutter a room. Keep this in mind as you grab pillows for your couch.