Even if your style is not 100% minimalist (like mine), there are many aspects of this concept that you can apply to make it more functional and enjoyable. Here I teach you eight lessons that a minimalist home gives us.
1 The suitcase in the storage room
Whether you're going on a business or pleasure trip, if your luggage is limited, you'll be aware of that, and you won't be taking any extra stuff with you (unless you're willing to pay the overpriced fees).
As you pack your suitcase, you realize how many clothes you need for the week, shoes, personal hygiene items, and perhaps additional items such as a tablet or laptop.
That person who packed is your minimalist self, who can survive with that little bit of possessions. Some define this lifestyle as an extreme minimalism.
Interestingly, when you return from the trip, you may be surprised to find that you packed objects that you used very little or not at all, and in the end, they were unnecessary.
2 Quality before quantity
As I mentioned before, this doesn't mean you should leave all your stuff and go live in the middle of nowhere with 20 possessions.
All you have to do is start filtering your current possessions and leave those that contribute more to your quality of life, whether for utility, hobbies, or aesthetics. It's up to you, but you must be realistic with yourself and answer whether each object stored in your home fulfills some function or feels sorry for throwing it away.
And you should apply the same filter to your next purchases, that way you won't repeat the vicious circle of buying objects that you don't need.
3 Furniture with multiple functions
A minimalist house doesn't have to feel cold and impractical; there is plenty of minimalist furniture without trying, like beds with headboards that are also organizing shelves, ottomans with hollow interiors where you can keep blankets, or tables that expand to seat more people.
Everything will vary depending on the space and the needs of each person and family.
The best thing about furniture with multiple functions is that they save space and money by having to buy one piece of furniture instead of two or three depending on how versatile the furniture is.
4 Minimalism and space optimization
In the same line of the previous point, and applies particularly to small apartments or houses, with families of more than three people. If you have space problems, minimalism is the solution to your issues.
If you have a small bedroom for your child, in which there is no room for a bed, a wardrobe, and a desk, why not take advantage of the verticality, there is furniture that has a table and wardrobe at the bottom and above is the bed.
Or beds that have drawers at the base to store clothes or other objects.
5 Avoid trends
One of the pillars of minimalism is to do smart shopping, behind us are the days when we went to the mall to buy what we thought was beautiful.
It is critical to know what we will buy, how much cash we are willing to spend, and the style we are going to choose.
I want to focus on large furniture such as beds and sofas in this example, as they are more significant investments and challenging to change frequently.
For example, when looking for a sofa, try to choose a classic model that does not go out of style, like a chesterfield sofa or antique heirlooms.
This furniture brings timelessness and style to space.
6 Durable furniture
Just as in the minimalist house, you have to see timeless furniture, another characteristic is that it is of good quality.
There is nothing worse than investing our money in furniture of dubious quality that begins to fall apart after a few years or months.
By this, I do not mean that you will buy the most expensive furniture you can find, but the best one within your budget.
Take your time and find out about manufacturers, the best materials, warranties, and prices so you can compare and be mindful of these high-ticket items.
7 Capsule wardrobe
We should reduce the wardrobe to the clothes that we like the most and use regularly, some make their selection according to their favorite colors, fabrics, or designs, and to the activities they do.
Keep in mind that once you have decluttered your wardrobe, you cannot buy more clothes unless replacing a garment that has already completed its cycle. And all the new clothes in your closet must be clothes that you love, that you will wear and that match everything you already own.
8 Reducing all the spaces
Marie Kondo teaches that "organization begins with choice" and there's nothing more precise, if we are not able to choose what we like or spark joy as Marie says, we will never finish organizing.
It is not a fast or fun process, even more so if you have several responsibilities in your day to day life, but once you manage to have a home with what you love and need, you will feel a relief in your life.
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