Good morning! Today I have a great guest post from Tony who blogs over at You Only Do This Once. Enjoy!
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- Try one room at a time. It’s overwhelming to try and simplify an entire house at once. Focus on one room, and then “spread the wealth” to others. I started with my bedroom; especially the closets. Use this room to inspire you to simplify the next room, and onward!
- Start with furniture. The fewer pieces of furniture, the better, for the most part. Think of which furniture can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort. Is there a piece of furniture you don’t even use? Consider removing it.
- Only what you need. When looking at stuff in a room, ask yourself if each item is truly essential. If you can live without it, get rid of it. Try to strip the room down to its essentials — you can always add a few choice items beyond the essentials later.
- Clear floors. Your floors should be completely clear. Once you’ve gotten your furniture down to the bare essentials, clear everything else on the floor — either donate it, trash it, or find a place for it out of sight.
- Clear all surfaces. All flat surfaces should be clear as well. This alone makes everything much more minimalist.
- Clear your walls. Clear your walls except for one or two simple pieces of beautiful artwork or mirrors.
- Store your stuff. Store everything you need out of sight, in drawers and cabinets. Bookshelves can be used to store books, but not much else. As you are storing stuff, this may be a good time to donate, sell or trash it!
- Investigate simple window treatments. Bare windows, or simple, solid colored curtains, or simple, wooden blinds are good.
- Subdued colors. Most of the room should be subtle colors – white is classic minimalist, but any solid colors that don’t stress the eyes is good. Throwing a tiny splash of bright color to create accent in small places is fine, of course.
- Edit and eliminate. After a couple of days, look at everything again. Ask a friend to take an objective look at the room. Most of the time you will find that there are things you can simplify even more.
- Find a place for everything. In a minimalist house, there is a place for everything. Designate a spot for everything in your home…even the coffee maker!
- Sit in the room and celebrate. Once you’ve simplified a room, sit and simply stare. Notice how peaceful the room is? It’s really a wonderful feeling.