8 Step Guide

to a Happy & Minimalist

Living Space

By Camille Bacsa

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Whether your space is your childhood bedroom whose decor matured with you through the ages, or a swanky new condo you just moved into, there are always tidbits of clutter that somehow manage to permeate your living space. Here are some tips to fight out the bad and make sure your space is full of zen.

1. Toss out anything past its expiry date.


This should be taken literally and figuratively. All toiletries have a shelf life after all, and you know you shouldn’t keep that old gunky tube of mascara no matter how good its brush is. Likewise, don’t lie to yourself about those too-small or no-longer-age-appropriate clothes that still sentimentally hang in your closet. You know they have to go so you can have breezier mornings finding clothes you actually mix and match.

 

2. Map out zones in your space


Just like how there is a right time for everything, there is also a right place for every knick knack that you own. Designate a corner for books and collectibles, and a separate, organized space for your clothes and accessories. In case you have some memorabilia you’d like to safekeep but aren’t for display, consider investing (or DIYing) a pretty box where you can conveniently toss them all in. Perfect for rummaging through on those boring-and-blue sentimental Sunday afternooons!

 

3. Avoid excessive visually heavy decor


Colorful, artsy pieces can liven up the room with your personality, but only if done in moderation. As the saying goes, too much of anything is bad, and in this case, the visual clutter might cause you stress rather than relaxation. Make sure to choose only the pieces that reflect your current goals and aspirations, so even when you’re not hustling, you’re still in an environment that boosts your confidence.

 

4. Introduce greenery to your space


Mother nature knows best, and bringing her green elements indoors will not only give you some sense of serenity, but it’s also a welcome sight when you drive your eyes away from your laptop, phone, or TV. Props to you too if you can raise a little garden!

5. Keep your important valuables and documents in an easy to grab bag or carry-all


We never know when emergencies might happen, so it’s best to be ready. It’s a good idea to have all of your important documents like deeds of property, passports, original birth certificates, bank statements, diplomas, tax documents, among other important files in one place so you can just grab it and run should there ever be a need. It’s also a pretty neat way to conceal all of your paperwork, especially if you’re the kind who winds up building insurmountable piles.

 

6. Do a monthly or quarterly purge to rid of stuff you don’t use often


This takes a lot of discipline and honesty, but in case you struggle with letting go of your stuff, you can always do this one with friends by getting them to purge too and swap your “pre-loved” items with theirs. It’s a win-win because you both keep things to a minimum and there’s some excitement in regularly switching up your items at no cost!

 

7. Aim for a few good quality pieces of furniture and appliances


Less is truly more, especially if the big ticket items you buy are classics that will last for years to come.  Looking for items that are dual purpose will also make your budget go the extra mile. While it might be tempting to buy cheaper, temporary looking pieces in the short run, say a sofa, it might actually cost you more money and headaches in the long term to maintain, replace, or buy another item that serves an extra purpose (e.g. additional sleeping area for guests), Worth your while then to be picky, wait it out, as you look for that perfect sofa bed!

 

8. Create a pamper-me station


We all have those days when we just need extra TLC. To make your home your abode for relaxation, invest in creating a personalized corner filled with your favourite goodies. It can be as fancy as you wish like aged wine served in fancy glassware, or a soothing home spa kit with your favourite bath bombs and body butters. No matter what your stress-reliever is, make a pretty space for it so it will be a real treat when you indulge in it after a day of hard work.

 

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