The minimalist lifestyle comes with its benefits. For starters, it helps you create enough room for important things while focusing less on material stuff. Moreover, research reveals that minimalism can prevent daily stress that quickly develops into mental exhaustion and physical health conditions. These perks explain why the minimalist way of living has become popular worldwide. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate this style in your home, here are some useful strategies you can leverage for the best results.
- Declutter your home.
The idea of the minimalist home is to work with fewer items to create a relaxing environment. Therefore, too much clutter can defeat that purpose. A Princeton University Neuroscience Institute study indicates that a cluttered environment keeps you distracted and limit’s your mind’s capacity to process information. Another study by UCLA revealed that hoarding excess stuff can negatively impact your mood and self-esteem while increasing stress. Therefore, it makes sense to clean your home to eliminate things you don’t need and create enough space.
You can begin by sorting out the items you don’t use into three categories – trash, donations, and commodities to sell. This makes the sorting process easier and more organized. You can also go through your pantry to identify and dispose of expired items. By all means, clear out your tabletops and other flat surfaces and clean out your medicine box. It’s also best to effectively store items to avoid clutter buildup, leading to the next point.
- Invest in storage options.
A US News and World Report state that people spend one year looking for misplaced items, but you can prevent this by investing in good storage options. Storage can help maintain your minimalist home while keeping it spacious and luxurious. Likewise, it’s a great way to protect your valuable items and documents. Fortunately, several storage options are available, and you can choose the most suitable one.
For instance, you can invest in functional furniture like storage beds, storage ottomans, garden benches with hidden storage, etc. You can get more creative by installing under stairs storage and stairs drawers. Leveraging a self-storage unit can also help you keep the stuff you cherish but don’t have enough space for. You can also leverage your garage, basement, or attic for the best results. However, if your garage is too messy, you’ll find it helpful to hire garage cleanout services.
- Bring nature in.
It’s not uncommon for minimalist homes to have predominantly neutral color schemes. However, you can calmly introduce color by bringing nature in. Research indicates that houseplants can absorb 87% of air toxins in 24 hours. It also boosts your mood and reduces your stress levels while improving productivity and concentration. Fortunately, many plant options require minimum maintenance, so feel free to leverage them. Sunlight is also another natural feature that minimalist homes prioritize. Therefore, ensure that you maximize sunlight in your living space for the best results. For instance, placing mirrors strategically can bounce the rays in your rooms, so keep this in mind.
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