Minimalism, in any home, conjures up the startling image of a living room with one sofa, coffee table, television, lamp and a painting or print adorning one wall – perhaps a rug, too. That’s the extreme. In reality it’s much different: de-cluttering can lead you on the road to making your house a minimalist home, without cutting back on essential furniture and luxuries.
“One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.” – Francis Jourdain
I keep a spare in case one breaks:
There’s a simple way to start the process – if it’s not used, it’s not needed. You could probably take a five or ten minute walk around your home now and make a list of several items that you very seldom use– or never use. By the same token, duplicates of items can be classed as non-essential.
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
If the prospect of throwing something out terrifies you, hide it for a period of time. If, after time has elapsed and you find that you never needed or missed the item, then it’s safe to discard.
“We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.” – Donald Horban
Start small, by de-cluttering one room at a time. From there, onwards, you’ll grow bolder and realise that much of the furniture in your house is unnecessary – try redesigning for a better flow, room to room.
Hiding doesn’t mean discarding:
Drawers, cupboards and shelving units are clutter magnets. They attract all the junk that we should really be disposing of. It’s the “that will come in handy one day” attitude when in reality, it will never be of any use – ever.
The secret to keeping things clean and uncluttered, is to clean as you go – if the problem never occurs, then you’ll never have to solve it.
“Less is more.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
There are also excellent incentives to embrace the minimalist policy, for one: think of how much money you save. If you are planning on moving, there’s less to pack which cuts down on removal costs or, if you are selling your house, potential buyers will see the home itself, rather than your cluttered lifestyle, which could distract them or give off a negative feeling.