6 Things You Need to Know About Minimalism

6 Things You Need to Know About Minimalism

First of all, what is minimalism? Joshua Becker, the author of bestselling “The More of Less” states minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.

Now ask yourself, “What does this mean to me?” You may think your 1970’s English China Set holds a special place in your heart, but it may not hold a special place in your home. If redoing your home is something you see in your future, start with the little things. I know you still have a Tuscan olive jar collecting dust somewhere in your cabernet colored kitchen. Chunk it. But before you do, take a good look at it. What purpose does a jar of preserved olives and herbs do for you? What does it do for your kitchen? Is it adding to your vision, or taking away from it?

We all know that saying, “let go of things that no longer serve you.” This is true. Not just in your personal life or relationships, it is also true when considering your living space. Sentimentals are great. Some items just give us that certain nostalgia that we crave on occasion. However, your emotional attachment to something has nothing to do with your ability to decorate your home. Your home is a space for living, not a space for storage. It may seem as if I’m shooting down your vintage décor dreams, however, minimalism isn’t about taking away and constantly removing, but more about bringing attention to the things that actually matter. When de-cluttering, ask each item one very important question: “Are you adding to my vision, or taking away from it?” Asking that question every time ensures that you are only keeping items that are intentional. Everything must have a purpose.

As a child we have an almost natural fear of the unknown things hiding in our closets and under our beds. I can assure you, as an adult you should most definitely still be scared. Let me prove myself. Go look under every bed and revisit every closet in your home. It’s the areas that are mostly hidden that we tend to throw away everything we know about organization and use of space. Don’t! These spaces are just as important as all of the rest. You want the same vibration running through every inch of your home, even the square footage that you rarely look at.

Now that you’ve dabbled into the world of minimalism: keeping things simple, yet significant is the ultimate goal to mastering the art of living with less. Minimal doesn’t mean white. Minimal doesn’t mean boring or bland. Minimalism comes in all colors, shapes and sizes and can be played with and customized to fit your personal needs and preferences. Minimalism doesn’t deprive you of luxury, it creates space for the soul—space that will impact every guest you ever have.