Minimalism has hit the mainstream and is becoming more popular than ever. Even though it has been around for a long time, it should be an international trend! Many people have now applied a minimalist lifestyle in their homes.
Some may think that minimalist homes lack character, fun, and life. But, many have proven that there is a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment at looking around and seeing a home free from clutter. It makes them calm, freeing, and feels just lovely.
Advantages of a Minimalist HomeThere are several benefits of keeping a minimalist lifestyle, but below is the list of a couple of key advantages:
- Less stressful. Mess or clutter is a type of visual interruption, and everything in our vision pulls at our little attention. The less we have, the less visual stress we have. A minimalist home is less stressful.
- More appealing. Think about photographs of homes that are jumbled and photographs of minimalist homes. The ones with barely anything in them aside from some beautiful furnishings, some decent craftsmanship, and not many pretty decorations are the ones that appeal the most. You can make your home more appealing by making it more minimalist.
- Simpler to clean. It isn't easy to clean an entire group of things or sweep or vacuum around a lot of furniture. The more stuff you have, the more you need to keep clean, and the harder it is to clean around the stuff.
Thus, it would be easy to do it room by room, keeping only the ‘essentials’ so decluttering is manageable and achievable. It is quickly done with four easy steps; remove, tidy, evaluate and restore.
By applying these means to each room, all of which have similar essential standards, you'll rapidly have the option to sort between what stays and what goes. The following is a guide for assisting you with limiting the things in your home to start your minimalist living.
Essentials List for Minimalist Living
FurnitureCouch: A couch is an essential must-have in a living room. Especially if you have guests over to the lounge and hang out.
Coffee table: This practice is of great use, whether you relax your feet up or putting your beverage on.
Television stand and TV: A good, comfortable couch is perfect with a television. It wouldn’t hurt your minimalistic living!
Chairs: Additional seats are consistently a clever thought if you have visitors over. Foldable seats may be your smartest choice, assuming you need to save space.
FurnitureKitchen table and chairs: Practically, the only essential pieces of furniture for your kitchen would be the kitchen tables and two to four chairs that come with it.
Basic Household items
- Eatware: Plates, bowls, and glasses
- Flatware: Forks, knives, and spoons
- Cutting board and a basic kitchen knife set
- Cookware: pots, pans, and oven mitts
- Can and bottle opener
- Dish soap and sponges/scrubbers
- Kitchen towels
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Depending on your cooking habits, cooking utensils- spatula, ladle, whisk, tongs, and others.
- Food storage Tupperware
- Glasses and coffee mugs
- Coffee maker
- Berkey Water Filter
- Fridge and dishwasher (most likely will come with your apartment)
FurnitureNone: Having furniture inside the bathroom is unnecessary, and there is rarely enough space in most apartments to even put a bench or chair
Basic household items
- Hand and bath towels/ washcloths
- Shower curtain and liner
- Trash can
- Toilet plunger, brush, and scrubber
- Toilet paper and tissue box
- Floor mat
- Toiletries including toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, shaving cream, dental floss, deodorant, moisturizer, nail clippers
- Shower supplies- body wash, face wash, shampoo
- Laundry supplies- laundry detergent and possibly fabric softener
As you clear the mess, place comparable stuff together and return any things you've accumulated from loved ones.
- Bed: This furniture is a must. If you want to embrace a minimalist bedroom concept, you may consider a Japanese futon instead of a traditional mattress to save space and for easier movability.
- Bedside table: A bedside table isn’t essential, but it is pretty handy for placing your phone or watch on before you go to bed.
- Nightstand lamp: A lamp for your bedside table isn’t necessary, but if you have a bedside table… it won’t hurt.
- Dresser: A dresser or a set of shelves to put your clothes on is essential.
- Bedding- sheets and pillowcases
- Blankets and pillows
- Laundry hamper
- Alarm clock
Empty your garage of everything—tote bins with accessories, bicycles, and things you’ve been storing that you’ve likely overlooked.
Organize items as you haul them out of your garage with the goal that you don’t have to move them twice. A part for tools, equipment, patio, house decor, and pile that you plan to sell or dispose of.
Your garage is actually only intended to store your vehicle, but recently it’s become a place to store all of the belongings you don’t want to keep inside the house but also don’t want to get rid of. Ideally, this is the area that you’ll clear the most from. Determine which items are necessary to keep and set them aside first. If you have a lot of loose things with no home, it might be wise to invest in storage solutions for them so that you can maximize the vertical space. If that’s the case, only buy what you have - don’t invest in extra storage space with the mentality that “someday you’ll need it.” That only gives you an excuse to fill it.
Return the items that you’ve chosen to keep back into your garage. Keep in mind when you’re placing items back that your car should likewise fit in there.
Minimalism isn't tied in with undermining your well-being for a messiness-free home. It's tied in with having just the things that you should be comfortable and cheerful about, and that's it.