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How to do minimalism without changing your whole life

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I hate housework, and so it makes sense that I would like a little minimalism in my home. But, I also like to be comfortable and so I couldn’t imagine living like those minimalists who are happy with one chair, one spoon, and no TV. The beauty of life is that we get to choose what makes us happy. And so for me, and anyone else who likes to live comfortably but with minimal clutter, the semi-minimalist approach to interior design is the way to go.

Minimalistic design is clean, uncluttered and has sleek lines. The style doesn’t use a lot of ornamentation or busyness. Minimalism makes our space feel more spacious, and having less clutter makes us feel calmer.

Incorporating minimalism into our lives is a no-brainer. We all have so much going on, that even our surroundings need to play its part in helping us save time and live better. And let’s not forget: having less stuff means having less stuff to clean.

So, if you like the uncluttered look but don’t necessarily want to give all your belongings away, there are ways to have a minimalist decor without changing your whole life. This is how I recommend you go about it:

Say no to hoarding and yes to collecting

By all means, collect the things you love and will definitely use. Love books, or guitars, or art, or shoes? Collect a few types of things you love but don’t be one of those people who collect EVERYTHING. That’s called hoarding and it’s not a good look. By only collecting those things that you love, you’ll have room to display them and live better because you get to enjoy them.

Have more empty walls and bare floors

Bare wood floors is a minimalist decorating choice that you can apply in select rooms. Especially in living rooms, nix the carpet or use fewer rugs and put your wood floors on display. And not every wall in a room needs to have something hanging on it. Bare walls and floors give the eyes a place to rest, and with less visual clutter most people feel calmer.

Put things away behind closed doors

Another way to achieve a less cluttered look is to put things away in cupboards, closets, and other closed storage. This way, you’re playing into the minimalist look without having to give up things you’re not ready to part with.

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Add some color

The grey and neutral look that many minimalists have can look bland and make less feel like less. Warm things up with color. Flowers, artwork and other home accessories are great ways to play with color while having neutral walls.

Choose the right design style

If your decor is too contemporary, minimalism can make it look cold and soulless. Other decorating styles, on the other hand, have more character and warmth.

Shop strategically

Buy only certain things in bulk and not everything. Buying paper goods in bulk might make sense for your life and family, but you don’t need to buy soap, beans, snacks, batteries, pens, you name it, all in bulk. Stick to the things that you and your family use up quickly.

Speaking of strategy, I also recommend gradually removing stuff from your space. Put things away and live without those items for a while. If that feels good, stick to the new look. Continue this strategy by removing pieces in stages.

Do minimalism in one room

My minimalist (or semi-minimalist) living room leaves me with enough floor space to do yoga and have a dance party for one. But you may want to start in another smaller room, like your bedroom. Even though there isn’t much stuff in these Joybird styled rooms, there is still a sense of comfort in the design.

minimalism bedrooms

Take advantage of natural light

Unless you geek out on interior design as I do, you may have missed the less-is-more window treatment trend. Rarely do designers use heavy drapes anymore. They attract dust and block natural light. They also make the room look heavy and in 2019, look dated.

So as you can see, you can get the clean lines and thoughtful design style of minimalism without changing your entire lifestyle. I hope you enjoy using some of these tips. I know you’ll live better at home and love your space more if it feels comfortable, well styled and is uncluttered.


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Christine is a lifestyle coach who believes the way we live affects everything we do, especially our motivation. She's also a mindful living educator living in Los Angeles, California.

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