10 TIPS ON HOW TO EMBRACE MINIMALISM IN YOUR HOME

For those who haven’t come across the concept of minimalism, it’s an idea that quite simply means living with fewer possessions, particularly ones that don’t add value to our lives.
The benefits of adopting a minimalist way of living include a less cluttered home, less cleaning, increased financial savings and more free time. Given we could all do with a little less ‘stuff’ in our lives, we here at JW Prestige Agents thought we could offer some tips on how to minimalise your home.

Donate clothes you never wear

This is probably the easiest place to start. We’re all guilty of hanging on to clothes that we think we’ll wear again but probably won’t. If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in twelve months, it’s time for it to go. Think quality over quantity for your wardrobe.

Reduce your furniture
Furniture takes up a lot of room in your home, and therefore offers the biggest gains in space when removed. Be honest with yourself about what furniture gets used and what doesn’t, and try and kick the habit of buying furniture to simply fill a space. Remember, if it doesn’t serve a purpose, it isn’t worth keeping.

Clear storage spaces
Storage cupboards and shelving are breeding grounds for items that you really don’t need. Rather than face uncomfortable decisions about throwing things out, it’s far easier to stash something in
cupboard. Storage space is where useful things live, not a burial ground for junk. One room at a time When starting out, minimalising your home can seem overwhelming, so it’s best to focus on one room at a time. Work through your first room methodically, making sure you strip it bare of unnecessary and useless items. You know what they say: do it once and do it right.

Decorate differently
Less is certainly more when it comes to decorating. Clear your walls and flat surfaces of decorations that are only collecting dust. Best to have only a few pieces that really standout, rather than a house full of mediocre decorative items.

View your home with fresh eyes
Over time, we gradually become blind to what our homes look like and the items it contains. Do a walk through of your home and try and view it as a stranger would for the first time. It’ll likely  serve as a wakeup call and make it easier to get rid of things that serve no purpose, hold no value, and also look pretty bad.

One item in, one item out

A nifty little minimalism trick is every time you bring an item into your house, whether it be clothing, furniture, garden tools or stationery, you must make way for it by removing one similar item from your home. Minimalism is an ongoing process, not something you do once and never again.

Examine your relationship with material possessions
Minimalising your home does not mean parting with every item you hold dear. Remember, if it adds value to your life, by all means keep it. But it’s important to understand that you likely don’t own many items that you can’t live without. Possessions usually don’t make us happy or provide meaning to our lives. That’s where friends, family, relationships and memories come in.

Purchase with care
Next time you’re thinking of buying something, ask yourself what value it will bring to your life. Why are you buying it? Do you really need it? How is it going to serve you or improve your life? We  often buy things simply because it makes us feel good. It may work for a very short time, before you’re already eyeing off your next purchase. Be determined to break the cycle.

Enjoy your free time
One misunderstood advantage of creating a clutter-free home is the extra time you will have. This is because material possessions require cleaning, maintenance, repairs and then replacing. All of  these things cost you time and money. Less stuff means more free time. It’s worth keeping things simple.