Realistic Tips For Becoming a Minimalist
If you live in a small space, sometimes you can feel trapped in clutter even when you're trying your best to live as a minimalist. Here are a few things you can do to make the most of our space:
Go Digital: Don't let DVDs, CDs, and books stack up. These days you can get digital copies of almost anything. If you can't justify throwing out the DVDs, try putting the DVDs in a cd book and throw away the case. When it comes to books, Kindle has affordable digital books that can be accessed from almost any device. Try to file any paperwork you must keep in an organized container or filing cabinet and scan the rest to save on your computer.
Tidiness: Try to develop the habit of putting things away immediately after using them. It helps if you have a designated place for everything. Sometimes when you live in a small space it's easy for things to feel more cluttered than they are.
Explore Multipurpose solutions: Finding items that serve a dual purpose can really help you make the most of the space you have. For example you could get an Ottoman that has a place for storage built into it. At Wilding Wallbeds, we are always trying to help minimalists make the most of their space with our dual purpose beds. Some of our Murphy beds have more than two purposes, like some of our custom home office solutions. Fold your bed away into the wall when you're not using it, and fold down a desk with bookshelves on the side.
Decluttering: This seems like an obvious one, but getting rid of things you don't need or haven't used in years is a constant battle if you want to have a minimalist home. It takes time to adjust and have the right attitude when you're going through your things. Try and avoid these common pitfalls:
- I might use this item sometime
- This could be worth something some day
- The kids will probably want this some day but they don't have room right now
- I'm going to finish this project some day
- Once I have more time, I will be happy I had this
- This was my aunt's bowl that she used to always have mashed potatoes in...
Decluttering is often the most difficult to do, but the quickest way to adapt a minimalist style in your home.