If you’re a believer in the principal of “less is more,” you may have already looked into making lifestyle changes that will leave more time for the things in life you really value. But have you considered making changes to your home décor? Test the waters of a simpler style by using these minimalist home decorating basics to pare down the unnecessary in your house and maximize your free time.
1. Define the purpose
In a simplified home, every room and space has a defined purpose. If your bathroom is housing your pile of laundry or your living room has become a toy bin, it’s time to make a change. Decide what each room’s function will be. Within the room, decide what spaces and surfaces will house which items. If you’ve allowed your bedside table to become a desk with discarded mail and pens, clear the surface and start fresh. Give each item a specific place in the house.
2. Minimize clutter
The second thing that needs to be taken care of when simplifying your décor is cutting back on clutter so that there are fewer things to find “homes” for in a room. The less you own, the less you’ll need in the way of storage baskets, bins, and shelves. Keep the things that will add the most to your theme or style. Keep things that can be used throughout the year so that you don’t need to worry about swapping them with the seasons. Keep things that serve a purpose.
3. Minimize furniture
Do you really need two end tables plus a coffee table? Two bookshelves? Now that you’ve cut back on possessions, you probably don’t need as many surfaces and places to store them. Keep what is functional and adds to the style you are trying to convey and consider getting rid of the rest.
4. Make a statement
Just because you’re purging the extra stuff doesn’t mean your home has to be empty and boring. Rather than having many smaller items that take lots of time to clean and swap when seasons change, use a few larger ones to make your style statement. Bright colors, interesting pieces of furniture, rich textures, and large pieces of art are foundational in a simplistic style.
5. Don’t be afraid of space
Once you’ve cleared your home of the unnecessary, you may find it feels a little bare. Don’t let it scare you! Keep the space. You have more room now! More room to breathe, to move, to invite friends over. And you’ll have more time too, because you’ve already removed the things that needed constant organizing, dusting, and cleaning out. Fill this new space in your home and your schedule with fun, family, friends, and living a life you love.
Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.
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