Summer is finally here, and there is nothing like a fresh start to a new season. Having a clutter free environment has proven to reduce stress and enhance a healthy lifestyle. When you’re in control of your space, you have a clear mindset and it’s easier to make better decisions. You don’t have to hire a professional organizer or change your decor style to manage this, just take a few tips from a minimalist (me) and apply them to your space on your next laundry/ clean house day. Being a minimalist means paring down your belongings to the basics and purging the unnecessaries. Follow these seven steps and examples from this lovely contemporary space design by Lauren Macer of Sisalla Interior Design. This simple bachelorette pad is the perfect example of a contemporary, modern home, with just the necessary for a relaxed and timeless look. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and who doesn’t want to be sleek and refined in their personal space.
1. Clear the clutter. First things first, go through all of your belongings and get rid of anything you don’t need. If you haven’t used it in the last year, chances are you won’t be needing it in the upcoming year. Create one box for storage of sentimental items, and donate the rest.
2. Stay neutral. The base of a timeless, minimalist space should always be neutral. This way you can layer in seasonal color and turnover accessories over time without needing to redesign your entire space when a new trend takes over.
3. Quality over quantity. While it can be easy to buy everything under the sun at Ikea because it’s all less than a dollar, many of the items will break after the first few uses and not hold up during a move. Instead, invest in high-quality necessities that you can hang on to for a decade or two. You’ll appreciate them more and take better care of your belongings.
4. One in, one out. This is a great rule to live by in many contexts. It’s quite simple, when you buy something new get rid of something old. This trick works great for books, clothing, small trinkets and accessories, and will prevent clutter and deadweight overtime, eliminating the need of a whole house purge when your home get’s out of control.
5. Tone and textures. Instead of buying the lasted patterns and prints every new season, choose timeless tones and interesting textures, that will make a lasting statement. This will fill the space with depth and dimension, and you won’t get tired of your space when a new trend steps in a makes the last trend look like last year’s debris.
6. Storage. Be strategic about your storage needs. Inventory your belongings and create categories for your items. Don’t skimp out here; proper storage means you always know where something is, and having this kind of control of your space can allow you to be more efficient and spontaneous. When you always know where something is at any given time, you are prepared for anything.
7. K.I.S.S. Last but not least, Keep It Simple Stupid. Don’t over think your decor, let it happen naturally. Don’t buy something just because it looks pretty, buy it because it means something to you or it will provide a function that will make your life easier. When in doubt keep it simple and uncomplicated, and let the interim void space allow for more room for thoughts, experiences, and life.
Photography by Eve Wilson.