You’ve heard about minimalism before. You probably think it’s another hippy new age thing that’s become the latest trend. But there are several case studies naming the different benefits of becoming a minimalist and getting rid of your clutter. Namely, you have less to tidy up, you can find things easier and your head is clearer.
You’ll find that happiness doesn’t mean more stuff.
Here are some tips on how to start your minimalist journey at home:
Make a plan and take it slow
You don’t have to go nuts on your house in one go. That is too overwhelming and you will end up frustrated. Write down the areas that need your attention and take your time tidying up that area. For instance, you can start with your child’s closet one Sunday afternoon. Take out clothes that don’t fit her anymore. Place them in a donation bag. As you go along, you can add more to this bag. Then the next Sunday afternoon do your own closet, getting rid of clothes you have not worn in ages. Next try your kitchen’s second drawer, or your shoe collection, or even the bookshelf. You’ll find that you have heaps of things you can donate or sell on eBay or Gumtree. For some ideas on where to start, you can check out this article on Becoming Minimalist.
Rethink your house
Once you start sorting through your stuff, you will realise that there is more space in your house for things you really like. You don’t need to put on display every single knick-knack you have or every single photo frame you got for Christmas. Instead, use pieces that you really love so when you see it you feel happy.
It is worth investing in pieces that you feel add to your house’s cosiness. You don’t even have to purchase new, bulky furniture—something as small as your house lighting can add that modern minimalist feel to your home. Urban Lighting has a wide range of lighting that would suit any home – inside and out. If your house theme is about being natural, you can choose from their range of natural/wood interior pendant lights. Or if you want to have one extravagant piece in your newly minimalised living room, you can pick out from their range of beautiful chandeliers.
Aside from that, you can also try moving the furniture around and experiment with your newly decluttered space.
Get the whole family into it
Explain to your family why you’re doing what you’re doing and get them to think about their material possessions too. Decluttering is harder when not everyone wants to do it. Tell them about the money you’ll save if you stop buying more stuff. Money that could go into holidays and trips instead of toys that the kids will forget in two days. Discuss new house rules about buying things and how everyone can contribute to create a harmonious house with less things. An article on Kidspot has a good view on why parents should lessen their kids’ toys. It is not only good for the family budget and lessens the home clutter, it also helps cultivate a child’s imagination.
Wherever you decide to start it doesn’t matter. The best thing is that you are starting. Ask yourself when you are tempted to buy a new piece if it would really make your happy or if it will just be stashed somewhere in a couple of days never to see the light of day again. That way every piece you bring into your home will count to your happiness.
Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with Urban Lighting.