How To Create a Minimalist Home
I aim for perfection, yet I crave simplicity. Now, what's the irony in that? If you know me, you know I like things in order—clean and in order. I rarely sit still when home, because typically there is always something needing wiped down or put back in its place.
A clean and orderly home makes me feel better, but there are days I am just too overextended to care. And even on these days our home feels manageable, because it's free of clutter. I intuitively purge and if it doesn't serve a purpose, it gets donated.
Tips on how to create a minimalist home:
- Clear counters. Store the toaster oven, blender, or other appliances under the counter. Put away dry-goods in the pantry and stack cookbooks on a shelf or in a cabinet.
- Free up walls. Be selective with what you hang on your walls. Consider mirrors to fill up blank spaces, because mirrors create depth and make a room seem larger.
- Clean floors. Don't store or stack your things on the floor. Store stuff in its designated place out of sight.
- Solids and subtle patterns. Ornate patterns can feel busy, where solids and subtle patterns feel light and airy.
- Bright white spaces. White is crisp, cool, calm, and above all, clean.
- Quality over quantity. Hang on to well-made furniture and purchase new pieces that fit the space. Eliminate all the small pieces that aren't very useful.
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