Life can often be complicated, but it doesn’t always have to be. More and more, people are embracing a lifestyle of simplifying their routine and their surroundings based on the philosophy that “less is more.” This philosophy is called minimalism and it can cross over into several areas of your life from consumer decisions to travel. But a big part of being a minimalist has to do with living space. Your home or apartment can often define minimalist living. If you’re looking to have a minimalist home design, there’s a good chance you may have to move items from your living space into storage. Box&Co wants to give you some tips on keeping your home minimalistic and let you know about your options for minimalist storage.
The Basics of Minimalism
In the blog, The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus suggest that there’s no rigid definition of minimalism. There’s no requirement, for example, that you must live with less than 100 items. But if you want to set a maximum number of items you keep, that works too. The bloggers do have a definition of minimalism as “a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important —so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.”
Another blogger, Joshua Becker, writes in Becoming Minimalist that minimalism “is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life that forces intentionality.” Among the elements that bloggers say also define minimalism is, a freedom from a passion to possess things, a freedom from the modern mania of being rushed and stressed, and a freedom from the duplicity of trying to possess a particular lifestyle.
Bringing a Minimalist Feel to Your Home
If you’ve decided to pursue a minimalist lifestyle, you’ll want to decide how that will affect your living space. Apartment Therapy suggests you set specific goals. If you’re looking at a smaller home. Travel to places where you’ll see examples of that. Plan the steps and time frame you want for achieving your goal.
Then it’s time to declutter. You can throw out what you don’t need or donate what you don’t want. If you feel you have possessions that don’t fit in with the minimalist look of your living space but want to hold onto, for example, seasonal items, you should put them into storage. Try to hold onto items that are easily reusable, repair rather than replace things and constantly ask yourself if you really need an item.
Just because you’re living a minimalist life, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Architectural Digest raises the point of subtlety in room design and creating a simple and pure setup. Add a personal touch. Your space can look calm, “homey,” or have an international look.
Box&Co Can Help You Remove Life’s Clutter
Architectural Digest also suggests keeping storage less visible for minimalists and Box&Co can help. If you don’t need something, put it in storage. We make things easy by sending you on demand storage containers and picking up items when you’re ready to store them. When you want your items back, we’ll deliver them right to you. To get started, contact us today.