If you like the uncluttered look but don’t necessarily want to give up all your stuff, there are ways to make minimalism work for you. You can bring the aesthetic home and still keep most of your stuff. I say most of your stuff because it’s always a good idea to reduce and toss to make room to enjoy your home if you have too much stuff.
Collecting that one thing that you love and will definitely use and enjoy is called passion. To never throw out anything is called hoarding. If you love books, guitars, vinyl records, shoes, or have a thing for Disney dolls, bring them all together as a collection and store/display them in one place. That area can be your little museum where you go to enjoy the thing you love. The rest of your home can be a home.
Do empty walls and bare floors
Having more empty wall space and bare floors move the decorating needle toward minimalism to the benefit of your wellbeing. The look gives your eyes a place to rest, which will make you feel calmer. It’s one of the perks of minimalism that you can have by just taking down a few pieces hanging on your wall and putting them away in a closet.
Another way to get the less cluttered look is to put things away in cupboards, closets, and behind closed doors. It’s a nice cheat that gets you the look of minimalism without your having to give up those things you’re still attached to.
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, and in 2019, they make a room look heavy and dated. Just by switching out heavy window treatments you can have a more minimal and fresher looking style.
More stuff, less color
I’m a semi-minimalist who love using colorful accessories like flowers and bright pillows because they “fill” space. For my guests, it distracts from the fact that I have less furniture. It helps to do the reverse if you have a lot of stuff. By toning down the colors in a room, you can make it feel more spacious and less cluttered.
Modern architecture needs to be warmed up with wood, but any decor is going to feel homier with wood. It’s a simple way to add nature, which is a big part of the minimalist decor.
You can live like a minimalist and still shop in bulk. The trick is to do it strategically. After planning out my storage space and looking at how I live, I decided to stock up on paper goods and a couple of kitchen staples. For everything else, I have a shopping strategy to make sure I don’t run out of them: I buy just enough to last me a specific length of time and I have a shopping system. I buy just enough tampons for 3 months, enough batteries for about a year, etc. When I’m running low, I add the item to an online shopping cart.
Think about how you’ll use your space
Cramped spaces make it harder to move around and limit what you can use the room for. My semi-minimalist living room has enough floor space to do yoga and have a dance party for one. I also have room to roll my long table to when I want to host a dinner party. That was all intentional and designed for how I want to use my living room. Before buying “the set” when you go furniture shopping, only get what you’ll use most of the time. Don’t decorate for once a year. A simple way to escape the cramped-looking space is to sell a piece of furniture that you rarely use. Instead of a 3-piece sofa set, you’re down to 2 and the room feels nicer. Instead of a full 5-piece bedroom set, try just 2 pieces. You could have so much more fun in your bedroom if you leave room for it.
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 do use some of these tips and begin to enjoy your space more. It’s such a great feeling to love your home and feel comfortable in it. A little more style and a little less clutter often do the trick.