When you hear minimalism you think “there’s no way my house with all the tiny humans can look like the first 2 pictures in this post” and… you’re RIGHT! There is no stinking’ way. People live in your home and that is a beautiful, amazing thing.
So I want you to think, instead of minimal as in decor think of minimal possessions. Meaning, only essential possessions. And taking that a bit further – only the essential possessions that belong in whatever room you are in.
This can be hard for some people, if you’re like me – because I was a p
erson that thought it was convenient to have a thermometer on each floor, and Tylenol on each floor, etc. But what I really found was that, when it came down to it – I didn’t know where my things were OR I wasn’t using up my perishables by the time they expired – so I was being super wasteful by buying stuff I couldn’t find or not using stuff by its expiration date.
So, instead of thinking of minimal decor – I WANT you to want your house to be cozy. Put pictures on the wall – but take out anything that is not meaningful or purposeful or bringing you joy.
When you’re decluttering, this is easy to do in places like the bathroom – only bathroom things need to be here. Or the kitchen – only food prep and clean up things need to be here. But when you enter the living room, play room, office, and bedrooms this can become really hard.
My first suggestion for anyone wanting to make their home cozy is – DO IT. You can be minimal, essential, and purposeful in your home and your decor while still having a cozy, inviting house!
The purpose of minimalism is NOT to have nothing. It is to have nothing MORE than what you need. And for some people, they NEED tons of pictures of family on the walls – that’s perfectly fine!
This is a picture of one of my “minimal” (really minimal-essential-purposeful) areas of my house. The kitchen – actually, since this pic was taken in may I’ve given the Keurig away and donated the canisters – there is nothing on that counter now and I love it. This isn’t staged, it is real life and the only stuff that goes on this counter is food things. My . There are no pictures or emotional things in this rom . (I’ve posted a few more real house pics in our Facebook Challenge Group) Real people live in my house, so do real messes and we make real memories – we do not have white wall-nothingness. Notice on top of the cabinets – tons of growlers. My husband collects them, it makes him happy. Is it minimal? No. Essential? No. But does it bring him joy to have them? Yes! And that, my friends, makes them ok to be on display!
So when you go through and declutter everything, remember – you’re not decluttering things that are essential or purposeful or joyful in your home, you’re decluttering the things that don’t bring joy or purpose to your home. These are things like 8 different mix-matched sheet sets that no one has used in 12 years. 20 different towels when the family only uses the same 6. Or the 5 different spatulas when you darn well know you only use your favorite 2. Or the half medicine cabinet that is sitting on your night stand (all the meds should be in one place…). Or the paperwork that should be in the office area that you have piled up on the kitchen counter.
You catching what I’m saying??
You can be minimal without being boring! Just be your own brand of purposeful-minimal and THAT will bring you joy!!