Could your home benefit from a clutter overhaul, or better yet, a consumption detox? If yes, then the minimalist movement is for you. Get ready to clear out, throw out and declutter your home, because this kind of lifestyle can completely change the way you live and decorate.
The minimalist ethos connects to the age old saying ‘less is more.’ The aim is to put less meaning on items in the hope of living a more fulfilled life, filled with purpose and clarity; and that sounds pretty good to us.
Ryan and Josh are the professionals when it comes to living minimalistic – they’re the creators of the widely popular blog, The Minimalists and have advice for any budding simplifier: “It’s important to remember our memories are not inside our things.” Lightbulb moment – we’re not sure why it’s taken us so long to realise this.
Now don’t get carried away, it’s not a radical way of living, you don’t need to live in a possession-less home! But the items you will have will serve a purpose and hold value. All you’ll need to get started is a garbage bag (or 10), a goal to declutter and an aim to cut down on overconsumption. The result – your home will no longer be filled to the brim with excess. Instead, it will be styled practically with a focus on usability, sustainability, value, and function.
Minimalist design is about clean lines, carefully used space and simple styling, so naturally, it’s long been trending in the world of design. Interior stylist and owner of The Minimalist Store, Leah Taylor explains why this design movement is becoming more widely adopted. “I think people’s attitudes are slowly changing as we move away from the era of mass production and mass consumption. We are looking for longer lasting, higher quality products, and we want to know each item’s story and where they’ve come from. And minimalism can stem naturally from there for many people.”
Leah believes that investing more time and thought into selecting items gives new purchases more meaning. “The more we realise we don’t need more things to be happy, the happier we will actually become. To me, minimalism is more about avoiding the meaningless clutter and focussing on living with things you love in a stress-free way.”
Minimalism can be as radical or as gradual as you please. It can help focus your energy on creativity, sustainability, as well as put less emphasis on overindulgent consumption. It’s also a fun design challenge, so sign us up!