During the winter months, many people get fed up with outdated, difficult to clean heavy furniture, particularly when thinking about moving all of it to have carpets cleaned thoroughly as part of their spring cleaning. More individuals and families are choosing to opt for a more minimalist look, as long as it provides the comfort they need at home after a busy day. Clean floors, clean surfaces and no need to clean up from the days before is often the best welcome home anyone can have.
Some choose to go minimal out of choice, choosing to not invest their hard earned disposable income on things which are non-essential. It provides a level of freedom knowing that belongings can be packed up quickly, or even disposed of when work or circumstances mean that they must move on. Many wanting to downsize into smaller homes or care facilities have little choice when their furniture
Others, who are struggling financially or who have lost their belongings through a natural disaster or other life changing event, often avoid spending money on anything other than basic necessities. Less spend on “stuff” also means more money to spend on experiences, travelling, and of course, saving to buy a home, start a family, for further education and of course, retirement.
Minimalism started with the use of concrete, glass and steel to symbolize European modernity. In stark contrast with prior eras of elaborate design and riches, its sleekness is a direct contrast and counterpoint. However, it is much more than an artistic style. Minimalism almost gives permission to “have not” out of choice, a stark protest to those who have to buy the very latest thing, and often more than one.
It is gaining popularity with those who are looking to reduce their ecological footprint as well as those who challenge the value for money aspects for the things which fill their homes. Choosing to live in smaller spaces and concentrating on essentials goes hand in hand with using more sustainable, greener and healthier materials. The focus on durability and ecological manufacturing is a direct contrast to fast fashion and clutter which often overtakes many homes. It is little wonder that many are turning to minimalism to discover their inner Zen.
For busy families, going minimal also means there is far less to clean, week in, week out. Moving clutter into a closet, attic or spare room simply creates more stress. With modern, busy lives juggling family activities and work commitment, many rely on those who can keep their home sparkling clean so that they are always prepared for an impromptu celebration or guests who just happen to drop in.
There is nothing like a freshly spruced living place to raise spirits, helping enhance the positivity of the moment. From the entrance way through to the kitchen and dining table, many find that choosing to eliminate the clutter and non-essentials many find that the urge to simplify pays dividends in other areas of their lives too. One great tip is to give everything a “special place” and make sure it stays there, which will save tons of time wasted looking for it.
Letting go of stuff can be hard, so start embracing new habits. We suggest you bear these in mind whilst shopping. For example, less is better. So, instead of buying two, simply buy one item and make it last.
Another great rule to follow is that for every item which comes into a home, something leaves. There are many ways to ensure they find new homes rather than just tossing them out with the trash, so explore how you can upcycle virtually anything from clothing to household goods.
Decluttering those storage places for the things you need without cluttering surfaces will keep your home looking sleek and organized – this is the third and final rule to follow. Whether that is your shoe closest or collection of what nots, letting go of the things you don’t use and really don’t need is a healthy habit. For papers and bills, organize and digitize so that you can keep track of bills if needed.
Decluttering is a great way to start your journey towards minimalism. Rather than throw out the comfy sofa, keep it, and get clear off the coffee table instead. Old magazines and books you will never finish can be recycled if they cannot be donated to a local library.
Starting with one room at a time makes sense for many families. Some choose to put the kids in charge of their own rooms, responsible for everything, including the tidying up, so that key living areas stay clean.
Making sure that everything finds its special spot is a job which can be shared by every member of the family. With clean surfaces and things put away properly, those who have had a stressful day will have one less thing to worry about.
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