The world we live in today is so far removed from the peace and harmony we once enjoyed. The motto many people live by is “buy, buy, buy-sell, sell, sell” and we tend to forget what it is that we yearn for. Are material things all we really want and need? This is rarely the case since most of the modern world has more than enough possessions and riches. Peace, relaxation, and mindfulness are what we miss and we can easily find it in minimalism. In this post, I hope to share some simple ways to achieve Zen at home by following a few minimalist principles.
Start with little things
One of the first (and easiest) things you can change in your life is clutter. Clutter has many negative effects on human physical and emotional health, not to mention that it makes relaxation and mindfulness practically impossible. So, make sure to tackle all your messiest places in the home and clean out that clutter from your life. Start with countertops and move your way to drawers, closets, and cupboards. Soon, you’ll see how many unnecessary things you have in your life and how little you actually need to be happy and relaxed. Decluttering will give you space to breathe and minimize distractions that prevent you from having a clear head. You can find 6 life-changing decluttering tips from a Japanese decluttering expert that I wrote about. It has truly changed the way I declutter and keep my space peaceful and clean.
Rethink your color scheme
If you look into the Psychology of Color, you’ll see that different hues and color palettes have different effects on the human mind. A room that’s filled with random colors and have all sorts of different palettes mixed in will never allow you to fully relax and unwind unless of course, that is just your thing. Minimalism concentrates on natural, neutral and base colors that create a clean, airy and fresh look that evokes calmness. Subdued hues like off-whites, grays, and beige all have that ability to simply let the human mind relax. However, this doesn’t mean you must live in a sterile and boring environment. You don’t have to throw away all your colorful items and only have white and grey things to be a minimalist. If you’re thinking of becoming a minimalist, you can just tone things down and you’ll notice a change.
Take a good look at your furniture
The kind of furniture in your home is one that could overwhelm you. This is why it is important to be conscious when choosing your pieces of furniture and ensure that every piece truly serves a purpose. Rethinking your furniture choices and reducing your is so important to achieve peace at home This is particularly important for those who live in small homes in urban areas like New York or Sydney. That’s why many people are rethinking their furniture choices and are trying to reduce their possessions, especially those who live in small homes in urban areas like New York or Sydney. So, in Sydney, if we want to unburden our small homes, we donate some of our furniture pieces that get the least use. Also, every quality furniture store in Sydney offers a great selection of pieces that will perfectly fit your space, instead of cluttering it. So, don’t hesitate to invest in top-quality, long-lasting furniture that will serve you for many years to come.
Related Post: Things I Got Rid of to Embrace Simple living
Take it easy with accessories
Something I truly value about Minimalism is the obvious emphasis on only keeping things in your home and life that add value to your life. This includes accessories as simple as the decor on your table. Today, it’s so easy to come by many interesting and cheap decoration that many people quickly fill their homes with trinkets that serve no real purpose. An important lesson is to be conscious about the pieces you welcome into your space and make sure they have real aesthetic, emotional or practical value. Pay special attention how things make you feel and rid your home of all possessions that evoke bad or painful memories.
Related Post: Things Not to Buy + 8 Things I Won’t Buy in 2018
Concentrate on quality instead of quantity
We’ve all been told to pay more attention to quality instead of quantity, but rarely anyone tries to live by this. Cheap things will give your entire space an uncomfortable vibe, while sturdy and quality things provide you with stability. Additionally, valuing quality over quantity in interior design will also change the way you look at other parts of your life like work, fun, relaxation and even relationships. By concentrating on keeping only quality things in your life, you’ll get to give them your undivided attention and really enjoy them with your heart and mind.
There are many people who swear on minimalism and love to share testimonials how it completely changed their lives. And if you’re only looking for a small change towards having a more stress-free and mindful home and life, employing a few minimalist lifestyle habits will certainly help bring clarity into your world.
This post is a guest post collab with Lana Hawkins. Lane is an interior designer and the editor-in-chief on Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. She is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration from.
I hope you enjoyed this post just as much as I did.