How to Become a Minimalist: Tips on Living with Less

Here are 11 ways that you might find useful in your journey to going minimalist at home.

Updated on August 29, 2018 12:08 pm

Jemma Chiu

How to Become a Minimalist: Tips on Living with Less

The minimalist trend has inspired a lot of homeowners to jump into the bandwagon. Having a minimalist home is more than just living a clutter-free life, but more so having that minimalist mindset and a commitment to owning less.

How to go minimalist, you say? Here are 11 ways that you might find useful in your journey to being a minimalist at home.

1. Examine and evaluate.

The very first step to becoming a minimalist at home is to know exactly what you want and when you want to achieve it. Examining your home and evaluating your lifestyle could really help in the process.

2. Prioritise which room should be decluttered first.

Once you’re done examining and evaluating your home, it is now time to identify the pain points in your home. What causes the most "stress" in your home? Is it the living room? Bedroom? Kitchen? Make a list of all the rooms in the house and rank them from highest to lowest. The most stressful room should be the most prioritised area.

3. Make a list of things you don't need.

In living a minimalist life, having less stuff is the way to go. Make a list of the things you don't need AT ALL. If you found it of no use over the past year, then it should probably go into your clutter list. It’s hard to let go of the things that has sentimental value, but you should be willing to let some of them go.

4. Avoid duplicates.

Over and over again, you will hear the most basic rule about becoming a minimalist: keeping fewer items you own. Make a list of the items that you have that are more than one. Ask yourself if you need to have more of it or not. Avoid having duplicates of the things inside your house as much as possible—you don't need an end table if you already have a coffee table. Be open to cutting out the duplicates which are not necessary.

5. Decide on the value of your items.

Having a minimalist home is not just about throwing out the excess. It is more of determining the value of the things inside the house. If you have more than 10 important pieces of artwork, choose two or three of the most important for you to display. Once you’ve decided which ones to keep and which ones you’re comfortable letting go of, you can now start letting go of the things that you’ve chosen to let go.

6. Less furniture says a lot.

One way to simplify a room is to have fewer pieces of furniture. If you’ve had a habit of splurging on furniture and you have more of what is expected at home, maybe it’s now time to decide which furniture should be eliminated without compromising your way of living. Or, if you want to buy new ones, put your old furniture on sale and go for simpler ones with solid, neutral colours.

7. Work your way to a cleaner surface.

If you’ll notice in home magazines, a clear surface has an oomph factor to a minimalist home. Having a clear and clean surface will create more visual impact to your soon-to-be minimalist home. Make the habit of clearing the surfaces in your home—from the entryway table, to countertops, to bedside tables, and more. Create a corner where you can put all the papers, cords, magazines, and anything that we often find as clutter.

8. Store things out of sight.

Another rule to remember: if it doesn’t need to be displayed or it can’t be used every day, store it.

9. Keep it simple and sweet.

A minimalist home is a simple home. Leave the walls bare if possible. But if you find your house too boring, you can display framed photos with subdued, solid colour on each wall. This also goes with decors. A vase or a succulent can be a good example. You may add a pop of colour to a neutral ground by using accents that has a bright colour to give a bit of energy in the room. But again, no excess.

10. Apply the "one in, one out" rule.

If there’s a need to buy something new, you must decide which one you should let go.

11. Forget about discounts.

We know discounts can be too tempting when buying things for your home! However, impulse buying and splurging on things you don’t really need just because it’s on sale will just add clutter to your home. If it’s not worth it, forget about it!

Minimalism is about having a meaningful life by assessing which ones you should keep and which ones you should let go. Just remember that in the process of going minimalist for your home, there are some things that you should sacrifice. The more you let go, the more you gain. Enjoy your clutter-free and minimalist home!

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