For most of us the idea of living minimally is beyond reach. I think most people generally like to hold on to things or like to buy new things all the time. Some people actually have a problem with hoarding that requires assistance from a medical professional.
What is minimalism
Minimalism is actually less about the things you buy and keep and more about being free…
Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.https://www.theminimalists.com/minimalism/
For me, from an interior design perspective, minimalism is about carefully curating a space with the right number of pieces, no more, no less. I firmly believe that simple can be striking. Actually, in a minimal space, there’s nowhere to hide, no distractions, so each piece needs to be meticulously considered.
How to do minimalism
But, the question remains, how to do minimalism in this hyper commercial world? A good and yet tricky question. I prefer to focus on decluttering, regularly. There are many techniques for this. For example, for every one new thing you bring into the house, you get rid of two things.
There are other techniques too, such as challenging yourself not to buy anything for a month and everyday get rid of one thing.
A good old fashioned spring clean is also a good way to minimise your stuff.
They key to minimalism is your heart and mind. Not placing value on inanimate products and valuing experiences over products.
For me it’s about being discerning. Knowing your interior style and investing in pieces that last. So, although I appreciate Kmart buys, this is not where I prefer to spend my own or my client’s hard earned income.
I think, being patient, saving a bit and buying forever pieces, is how to do minimalism. Pieces that you treasure, are proud of and tell your design story.