January 27, 2020:

Calling all Minimalists: How to Maximize Space and Style

Here is the ultimate guide on how to maximize the space and style of your home, all while creating a minimalistic vibe.

Set your eyes upon on that vision you have always had – having a clean, fresh, and sleek looking home with that minimalistic vibe.

For those of you putting your home on the market, having a minimalistic home might help you in the sale of your home. It’s the latest trend for millennials to live in the extreme, arguably uncomfortable tight quarters, and settle into a home where they don’t feel overwhelmed or tapped. Millennials are digging their roots into a home where they can shift their focus into a more straightforward and value-driven way of living.

Before we dive into the tips and tricks on how to set that minimalist vibe in your home, here are some benefits that having a minimalist home contributes to your overall health.

  1. Less Stressful

  2. Visually Appealing

  3. Easier to Clean 

Less Stressful:

We live in a world where there is noise 24/7. Whether it be traffic, work, friends, family, social media, the list goes on. Our homes are the gateway to a sweet escape, but that’s if you have it set up correctly. Clutter is a form of visual distraction. The less clutter, the less stress we will have. Minimalism naturally creates calm vibes and a way of simplicity. According to houselogic by REALTORS®, “A team from UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families studied 32 Californian families and the multitude of objects in their home. They found that women who live in a cluttered environment are likely to have high levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. The Mayo Clinic points out that overexposure to cortisol can disrupt “almost all your body’s processes,” and has been associated with an increased risk of anxiety, digestive problems, heart disease, and weight gain, among other issues.”

Visually Appealing:

Having a home set up minimally is visually appealing to the eye. The less that is going on, the better. You take pride in your home. Why not show off the beautiful furniture sets you have, the lovely artwork displayed, and the elegant touches you’ve spent time putting in. Having clutter hides the hard work you’ve put into your home. Here are some useful blogs on how to declutterand keep things tidy.

Easier to clean:

Our homes take a beating; they are lived in. Cleaning a house takes energy and time. It’s hard to clean around a bunch of objects and sweep or vacuum around unnecessary furniture. The more things you have, the more you have to clean. Get a head start on your Sunday clean and apply these useful tips and tricks to your home to save the energy and time it takes to clean your household.

The thing about a minimalistic lifestyle is you can have fun with it. This regime would vary depending on your taste and how extreme of a minimalist you want to be. Remember, creating and maintaining this lifestyle is not as simple as it looks and try not to be hard on yourself. We’re here to help and this is where to start:

Clear all Surfaces of Clutter

Start with the surfaces in your home – counters, tables, the top of your fridge (we know it’s an easy go-to but, try to resist) and more. The goal of decluttering, which is an essential part of staging, is to help create the illusion of space and an aesthetically pleasing look that will allow people to envision themselves in your home. Clutter stems from things not having a home, a place to reside in or on. Eliminate this by storing stuff out of sight. For the items that aren’t essential, organize according to priority. Consistency is crucial and will save you time in the long run. Each month go back to each room you organize with a fresh set of eyes and continue to simplify.

Create a Neutral Ambiance

According to JCLicht, “A warm room atmosphere would include colours such as red, orange or brown used for both painted walls, furnishings, and décor. A bright and playful room may include yellow, white or green colours. However, be sure not to overwhelm a room design by including several colours but limiting it to two to four colours”. Base colour plays a huge roll in a minimalistic interior. You need to accentuate your minimalistic design with a clean, fresh-looking neutral colour. Visit JcLicht for further inspiration on how to paint your home to match your minimalistic design.

One in, one out attitude

If you ever sit back and think about how much one person can acquire in a period of time, it’s genuinely astonishing. Let’s get you back to when you first started — settling into a fresh, new home with empty kitchen drawers, bedroom closets, cupboards, and bathrooms, which have inadvertently been filled with nonessentials and items now collecting dust. Do a walk around in each section of your home with a garbage bag in hand and throw away or recycle any garbage, broken or random items, and paper. Grab a large box and do a second walk-through and store items that have no use being in the room you found them in so you can put them back where they belong.

To keep this from happening again, stick to the “one in one out” attitude. For every item that comes into your home, something else should go out in turn. This simple philosophy can save you loads of time and maximize space in your home.

Just keep it simple

With all of this being said, keep it simple. Tone everything down, pare everything back, and stick to the “one in, one out” attitude and you will have achieved the minimalistic lifestyle no matter the level of intensity. You know what they say, “more haste, less speed.” Enjoy these tips and tricks on how to get started and, more importantly – have fun with it.

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