Sleek And Chic: Minimalist Tips To Clean Up Your Living Space
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
You may have noticed lately that your home’s starting to look a little cluttered. We spend more time in our houses this time of year than we do over the summer, and this is a busy time of year with Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas. Once Halloween is over and your dried-out pumpkins and fake spider webs are in the trash, here are some tips to help your living room get back to the sleek look that you’re used to.
It’s easy to redecorate simply by changing just a couple of items in your living room. Maybe you could buy new couch covers, or invest in a pretty patterned rug for the floor (just make sure that it’s securely fastened down to prevent anyone from tripping over it!). You could also buy some custom vertical blinds – a lot of the time, curtains and drapes can look overly fussy and make the room look smaller. Blinds are a way to open up your space.
Have you ever heard of Marie Kondo? She’s been taking the lifestyle world by storm this year with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Kondo advises her readers to declutter their homes in one big sweep, taking six months to go through their possessions to work out what they do and don’t need. If you don’t have six months to spare, that’s okay. Follow Kondo’s philosophies more loosely and you’ll still be able to figure out how to tidy your home to perfection. First of all, respect your belongings – after all, they’ve brought you this far! Try not to be too nostalgic about them – you don’t need to keep all your kids’ toys from when they were babies. Finally, keep only what sparks joy inside you.
Make sure you have clear surfaces. Clutter is bad for your mind as well as your home – it’s like a form of visual distraction. You want visitors to notice the beautiful photographs of your family, instead of the big tangle of toys and school reports and useless ornaments next to them. Look online for storage solutions – buy simple chests from Ikea and keep an eye out in antiques stores for cupboards that would go well in your home. Make sure that everything in your house has its own home and that your family knows where everything is kept, so the task of tidying isn’t left only to you.
Remember that the key to minimalist success is simplicity. Of course, your home would be boring without decorations, but you should choose ones that you want both visitors and your family to focus on. A vase of fresh flowers or a much loved family heirloom will be pride of place if it’s on the mantelpiece by itself – if it’s surrounded by items that you don’t love as much, it will attract less attention. The art on your walls should be simple – choose a couple of pieces for each room instead of covering all of your walls with movie posters and art reproductions. Whatever brings you peace of mind and uncluttered thinking is the key to a minimalist home that you can fully enjoy.
Posted by Cristen Casados
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