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A Beginner’s Guide to Minimalism

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In your home and daily life

“Modern culture has bought into the lie that the good life is found in accumulating things—in possessing as much as possible.” Says More of Less author, Joshua Becker. Minimalism does not mean “to have nothing.” Instead, it values relationships, experiences, and soul-care, and a minimalist space is designed with these values in mind. You can start this process, too, by saying goodbye to the things that don’t matter, and hello to purposeful living.

 Create Spaces That Will Create Moments

Every piece that you buy, should resonate with you. If you can imagine having breakfast with the people you love every day; or doing a puzzle with your child in the evening, it’s a better reason to buy than if it simply looks good.

Keep Counters Clear

It’s tempting to want to keep all of your products, keys, gadgets, trinkets on the countertops. Whether out of habit or for convenience, re-learn to put things in their place, sell or donate them. If they don’t have a place, DIY make one, but not before asking the question, “Do I really need this?”

Seek High-Quality, Timeless Pieces

Whether it’s furniture, clothes, electronics – think about quality and longevity before bringing them into your home. Opt to spend a bit more money on the paint, the rug, the dehumidifier, to have less, that brings your more joy (avoid having to spend more down the road).

Limit Colour for Clarity

Minimalism – through declutter and more white space – leaves much to the imagination and brings out the artist in you. Try to focus on muted base tones with one or two dynamic colours that run through the entire room.

 

8 Daily Tips to Realistic Minimalism

  1. Think twice before putting anything in your calendar.
  2. Simplify your to-do list.
  3. Create a donation box, and use it.
  4. Communicate your philosophy with those close to you.
  5. Know that you don’t have to get rid of everything.
  6. Take a break from TV.
  7. Treat yourself.
  8. Be grateful for the things that you do have.

 

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