It’s often been said that your surroundings can be seen as a reflection of your internal state – where clutter and chaos reflect a tumultuous inner-world. If you’re seeking to declutter your mind and simplify your situation, a good place to start is your surroundings.
The following seven tips are aimed at helping you create a simpler, more functional space through the adoption of minimalism (and through the power of a good, old-fashioned clean out!)
Getting your house in order is a surefire way to get your mind (more) in order. An excellent way to begin the process is to perform a type of inventory (or stocktake) of your possessions, and to ask yourself whether they’re providing you with happiness, or whether they’re keeping you down. Older possessions in boxes from past moves, or possessions still with original tags and wrapping are common culprits. It’s a good idea to assess whether these items are necessary, or whether the time has come to shed the extra stuff and spread out.
Old curtains, blinds and awnings can make your house feel old, dated and unnecessarily bleak. If you’re in the process of renewing your living space, a great place to update for functional focus (and to enhance the security of your home) is the windows.
Blinds provide essential protection from the elements, while also providing a fuss-free minimal alternative to traditional window fashions. They’re available in an almost unending range of styles and designs (click here to browse a wide range of blinds in Melbourne), and you’ll certainly find the style to suit your streamlined new decor.
Soft furnishings and throw rugs add an extra sense of practical comfort to your home, while also providing you with a tactile device to keep you warm and safe. Throw rugs are easily stored and take up a minimal amount of space – allowing you to keep your living space clean and fresh.
Be Wise, Digitise
Your old CDs, DVDs and books probably looked great before you owned too many possessions, but chances are that these objects now drown out your meaningful living space, and encroach on any peaceful living areas.
It’s easier than ever to digitise these items – hard drive storage is widely and (relatively) cheaply available, making it a snap to transfer your items from hard copy to hard rubbish. You won’t be sorry to see the free space, and a hard drive is a more private and less shameful way to display your expansive collection of Justin Bieber and Michael Bolton CDs.
While it might seem cool to have a killer collection of trading cards and other assorted collectibles, it seems these items may also be keeping you down. The space and energy it takes to store these items often outweighs their potential to bring you pleasure.
Once you’ve made the decision to sell these objects, get online and assess their value.
Ebay is often a great place to start, and other sites such as Gumtree and Etsy can also be useful places to offload erstwhile valuables. You’ll generate extra cash as well as extra space.
Plants are the cleanest and easiest way to bring together your new, minimalist living space. Plants continually purify your air through a process of photosynthesis, and their small real estate footprint allows you to reap this benefit while keeping your space uncluttered and unfussy. Don’t be afraid to play around with different types of plants – there’s a plant to suit your space and your needs.
For those in really tight spaces, a small windowsill or kitchen garden is a great way to cultivate your greens, while also provided a neat aesthetic touchpoint, and a useful culinary coup.
Make A Statement
Once you’ve cleared your clutter and opened up your space, you’ve got the option to add a ‘feature piece’. A feature piece is a piece of art or furniture which establishes the mood of your space and ties together seemingly disparate objects. A well made sofa, a bold geometric painting or an amazing lamp are all examples of functional feature pieces. Try not to be afraid of expressing yourself with such an item. Think of objects which will continually make you happy – if you buy these you can consider it an investment in your future mental health.
Decluttering your home is a great way to reset your mind and simplify your surrounds.
If you’re looking to get your home and mental mojo back on track, perhaps a day or two spent refinishing your living space is just what the doctor ordered. Whether it’s an update to your windows, or some slinky new greenery, there’s a stylish update available for your abode.