How to Create a Minimalist Living Space (And Why You Should)


In this day and age, there are so many things that can keep you busy. From preparing meals to making sure finances are in order, it can seem like there is no end to the amount of work left on your shoulders. Add in daily cleaning and chores and you’re often left with little time to spend with your family, not to mention the added overwhelm that comes by owning toys and other items for the kids. 

Maybe you’ve heard of minimalist living or “living with less,” but haven’t considered it too much — or don’t know how to get started. There are great benefits to living minimally including reduced overwhelm, increased energy, and it inspires less comparison. With benefits like these, how can you not want to transform your lifestyle? Keep reading to find out how to get started. 

Set Your Ground Rules

Living minimally looks different for each person. Some people choose to own only a set number of items, while others choose to downsize their entire home. And there are still others that just want to clean out the clutter and call it good. Whatever you decide, make your rules and stick to them so you can focus on achieving your own goals, not trying to hit the goals of others. 

Eliminate Large Furniture

Large furniture takes up space and can make a room feel small. Using smaller furniture and the least amount possible will have the room feeling minimal in no time. 

Get Rid of Anything Unnecessary 

Are you holding onto items “just in case”? It might be time to finally let go (especially if you don’t remember when it was last used). By going through the KonMari method, you can easily get rid of the items that aren’t necessary for survival. 

To do this, Mari Kondo recommends going through one category at a time and placing everything from that category into one room. You can then look through to find duplicates, making it easier to get rid of things.

Remove Items from Surfacesminimalist living

Clear your surfaces of knick-knacks and other items to make the space feel clean and simple. The less there is for your eye to look at, the more minimal your space will become.

Simplify Your Decor

When creating a peaceful, minimal living space, bulky decor isn’t your friend. Minimize the number of decorations you have, while sticking with the simple ones. This can be a few pictures hung on the wall or a plant or two to give your space some life. 

Avoid Patterns + Use a Color Paletteminimalist living

In no time at all busy patterns can make your space feel cluttered. Opt for plain designs to keep your space cohesive and simple. Choosing and following a color scheme can help you determine what will look good with each other. A minimalist color palette should help you feel calm, so choose colors like blue and green, while avoiding oranges and reds.  

Creating a minimalist living space has many benefits — from having more energy to spend time with family and friends to doing things you love. Eliminating clutter will also leave you with fewer small decisions throughout the day, giving you the brainpower to make the big decisions better.


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