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How Do You Create a Minimalist Home

Minimalism in the home is a huge trend right now, with many people imbibing it as a lifestyle. Luxury tiny homes are making a massive impact on the property market now. Marie Kondo has a substantial following thanks in part to her minimalist yet welcoming stance on clearing clutter. If it sparks joy, keep it. Her method is pretty straightforward, and that resonated with a lot of people. I wonder how Marie Kondo will react to my not-so minimalist closet. I bet she will say, “follow your intuition and all will be well.”

But how do you really achieve a minimalist home?

Get Rid of All the Clutter

Going clutter-free is one of the most challenging activities when shifting to a minimalist home. Homes often have tons of junk and knick-knacks that homeowners hoarded over the years. Most of the time, all of that junk is made up of little things that are too difficult to let go of. But, if you really want to live in a minimalist home. Everything has to go.

Follow a systematic way of doing it. Go room by room and start sorting things. Think about whether these things will add value to your life. If not, throw them out. Or better yet, make money by selling them! There are tons of platforms where you can sell your used stuff. As Marie Kondo would advise, don’t forget to say goodbye and thank you before chucking out the items.

Think Before Buying

Don’t let all those hours spent on decluttering go to waste by rebuying stuff. You have to keep reminding yourself why you want to have a minimalist home. Consider first the value it will add to your life and the savings it will take out from you. You have to become a wise spender. Don’t just buy things for the thrill of it. It has to have value for you. It would be best to consider getting rid of one item if you want to get a new piece.

If possible, go for multi-purpose furniture. Choose a sofa that has storage, but don’t use this additional storage space as an excuse to buy more items. The key is to avoid having other storage items and furniture taking up space in your home.

Switch to Neutral Tones

To have that minimalist vibe, go for stunning neutral tones like sensual gray or fresh white. These colors will give your home a cleaner and cozier vibe. Take note that neutral backgrounds will make it easier for you to style your home.

Open the Walls

If you have the budget to renovate your home, open those walls. Remove them and replace them with huge windows or floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. It opens up the room and gives your home a friendlier feel to it.

Before hammering that wall down, make sure to get a dwelling coverage from Allstate or other insurance companies, so you get protection from potential damages to the structural integrity of your home.


Infuse Natural Elements

Once you installed those large windows, place some indoor plants. Infusing natural elements will never go out of style. Aside from adding texture to your abode, natural elements can add significant value to your home. Keep this in mind, in case you want to sell your home in the future.

Keep it Simple

Making a minimalist home is no easy feat. You can make it bearable by keeping everything simple. If tearing down a wall is not feasible, then don’t do it. Having a simple home is never dull, especially if you share it with your family.

Achieving a minimalist home is a challenge but definitely doable. It starts from having that discipline to control your spending. Once you effectively manage how you handle your finances, leading a minimalist lifestyle will become too easy for you.

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have paid my $600K home in cash (my half was $300K), my $180K casr in cash, worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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