Creating a minimalist home involves simplifying your living space while prioritizing functionality and aesthetics. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:
Begin by going through your home (starting with a small junk drawer for practice) and identifying items you no longer need or use. By following the KonMari Method you can go through items by categories so you can view everything that you have around the home. Categories are: clothing, books, paper, komono (miscellaneous) and sentimental items, be sure to follow that order. If that is too much of a long process, you can try room by room starting with the most overwhelming space but give yourself time. Donate, sell, or recycle these items to clear out unnecessary clutter.
2. Define Your Vision
Determine the level of minimalism you want to achieve. Everyone's level of minimalism is different, with the common goal of living with less, living with purpose and having more time to do what you love in life. Then you can also clarify your aesthetic preferences, colour palette, and overall design style. How much stuff do you want to live with and let go of? Visualize your home and get inspiration to motivate you to reach your goal.
3. Prioritize Functionality
Keep only items that serve a purpose, that you love and add value to your life. Remove excess furniture, decorations, and belongings that don’t contribute to your daily activities or style.
4. Choose Quality Over Quantity
Invest in high-quality, durable items that will stand the test of time. Opt for versatile furniture and decor that can adapt to changing needs. The same for clothing items that you choose to wear, keep quality and classic items. If you cannot invest in high quality items, search for second hand and used items. I suggest vintage and second hand for clothing and shoes, and furniture or decor through Kijijii or Facebook Marketplace to find what you are searching for.
5. Optimize Storage
Incorporate smart storage solutions to keep your space organized. Utilize hidden storage, built-in shelving, and multi-purpose furniture to minimize visual clutter. The key is to not buy more storage items for organization, repurpose and try to avoid plastic and use more natural storage solutions like bamboo, or paper shoe boxes.
6. Neutral Colour Palette
Stick to a neutral colour schemes for walls, furniture, and larger decor elements. This creates a serene and cohesive backdrop for your minimalist design. Add natural wood and materials for your space which will add to the peaceful environment you are seeking. Adding plants will also provide life and simple green touches to create another natural element.
7. Limit Decorations
Select a few meaningful decor pieces that align with your aesthetic. Avoid overcrowding surfaces with too many decorations so that you can also clean surfaces easily from dust. Adding artwork on walls or shelves to a minimum, and only having personal photographs in boxes to enjoy and only a few in frames will help create that minimalist look.
8. Empty Spaces
Embrace empty spaces as an essential part of minimalism. Allow areas of your home to remain unoccupied to promote a sense of tranquility. Rooms do not need to be filled with stuff, allow them to serve a purpose rather than a storage space. Whether it is an extra guest room, office space, or work/out meditation room these serve a purpose and don't require them to be all filled up with stuff.
9. Quality Lighting
Use natural light whenever possible. Incorporate quality artificial lighting to create a well-lit and inviting atmosphere. Using table lamps and side lamps instead of pot lights will give a more calming effect.
10. Mindful Purchases
Before buying anything new to bring into the home, consider whether it aligns with your minimalist vision and adds value to your life. Avoid impulse purchases and think about what you currently have at home and if that something is replacing an item or adding to having more unnecessary stuff.
11. Functional Layout
Arrange furniture and decor in a way that maximizes flow and functionality. Ensure that each item has a purpose within the space. Take a look at all the furniture in every space and see if removing some of it to create more space will help in the flow of every room.
12. Regular Maintenance
Regularly assess your belongings and declutter as needed to prevent accumulation of unnecessary items. Every day make it a habit to place items where they belong. Putting away dishes, folding clothes that were just put in the laundry and storing, hanging jackets and coats, putting already worn clothing in a proper place (laundry bin or hang/fold to wear again) and any items scattered around the home.
Remember, creating a minimalist home is a gradual process. Take your time to make intentional decisions about what you bring into your space and how you arrange it. The goal is to achieve a balance between simplicity, functionality, and your personal style.