A Guide to Creating a Minimalist Home
I can’t claim that my home is completely minimalist, but it surely isn’t cluttered, and most people I know would call it a pretty minimalist home. One recent visi...
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I can’t claim that my home is completely minimalist, but it surely
isn’t cluttered, and most people I know would call it a pretty
One recent visitor saw my kitchen and remarked, “I’ve never seen a kitchen that looked so clean, so clear of stuff!” Well, I do my best to keep it clean, but the key is to remove the unnecessary stuff.
For example, on the floor of my kitchen/dining room area are just a
few essentials: dining table (clear of any clutter), chairs, some
counter stools, a high chair, a step stool for the kids. On the
counters are only the toaster, coffee maker and microwave.
Is this kind of minimalist home devoid of character and fun and
life? Some might think so, but I get a strange satisfaction, a
fulfillment, at looking around and seeing a home free of clutter. It’s
calming, and liberating, and just nice.
Benefits of a Minimalist Home
I could probably go on for awhile about this, but let me just list a few key benefits:
- Less stressful. Clutter is a form of visual
distraction, and everything in our vision pulls at our attention at
least a little. The less clutter, the less visual stress we have. A
minimalist home is calming.
- More appealing. Think about photos of homes that
are cluttered, and photos of minimalist homes. The ones with almost
nothing in them except some beautiful furniture, some nice artwork, and
a very few pretty decorations, are the ones that appeal to most of us.
You can make your home more appealing by making it more minimalist.
- Easier to clean. It’s hard to clean a whole bunch
of objects, or to sweep or vacuum around a bunch of furniture. The more
stuff you have, the more you have to keep clean, and the more
complicated it is to clean around the stuff. Think about how easy it is
to clean an empty room compared to one with 50 objects in it. That’s an
extreme example, of course, as I wouldn’t recommend you have an empty
room, but it’s just to illustrate the difference.
What a Minimalist Home Looks Like
This would vary, of course, depending on your taste and how extreme of
a minimalist you want to be. I am a minimalist, but not to any extreme.
But here are some characteristics of a minimalist home:
- Minimal furniture. A minimalist room would only
contain a few essential pieces of furniture. A living room, for
example, might only have a couch, another chair or love seat, a coffee
table, a minimalist entertainment stand (not a huge one with a bunch of
shelves), a television, and a couple of lamps. It could even contain
less (couch, chairs, and coffee table, for example). A bedroom might
have a simple bed (or even just a mattress), a dresser, and perhaps a
night stand or book shelf.
- Clear surfaces. In a minimalist home, flat
surfaces are clear, except for one or two decorations (see next item).
There are not a whole bunch of knick knacks, and definitely not stacks
of books or papers or other items.
- Accent decorations. A home completely clear of
things would be a bit boring, actually. So instead of having a coffee
table completely free of any objects, you could have a simple vase with
a few flowers, for example. Or a clear desk might just have a family
photo. An otherwise empty wall might have a tasteful piece of art (I
use my dad’s artwork, as he’s a great artist).
- Quality over quantity. Instead of having a lot of
stuff in your home, a minimalist would choose just a few really good
things he loves and uses often. A really nice table, for example, is
better than 5 pieces of press-board furniture.
- Examples. The photo at the top of this post is a nice example of a minimalist home (it’s not my home, but I wish it were). See more photos of that lovely home. Traditional-style Japanese homes are another great example of minimalism, as is this nice spread.
How to Create a Minimalist Home
There are actually no set steps to making your home minimalist, except
to change your philosophy and shoot for the ideals in the previous
section above. But here are some tips that I would offer to anyone
trying to shoot for minimalism:
- One room at a time. Unless you’re just moving into
a place, it’s hard to simplify an entire house at once. Focus on one
room, and let that be your center of calm. Use it to inspire you to
simplify the next room, and the next. Then do the same outside!
- Start with furniture. The biggest things in any
room are the furniture, so you should always begin simplifying a room
by looking at the furniture. The fewer pieces of furniture, the better
(within reason, of course). Think of which furniture can be eliminated
without sacrificing comfort and livability. Go for a few pieces of
plain, simple furniture (example of a minimalist coffee table) with solid, subdued colors.
- Only the essentials. Whether looking at your
furniture or anything else in the room, ask yourself if the item is
truly essential. If you can live without it, get it out. Try to strip
the room down to its essentials — you can always add a few choice items
beyond the essentials later.
- Clear floors. Except for the furniture, your
floors should be completely clear. Nothing should clutter the floor,
nothing should be stacked, nothing should be stored on the floor. 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 surfaces. Same thing with all flat surfaces.
Don’t have anything on them, except one or two simple decorations (See
Tip 9 below). Donate, trash or find an out-of-sight storage spot for
everything else. It will make everything much, much more
- Clear walls. Some people hang all kinds of stuff
on their walls. No can do in a minimalist home. Clear your walls except
for one or two simple pieces of nice artwork (see Tip 8 below).
- Store stuff out of sight. This has been mentioned
in the above tips, but you should store everything you need out of
sight, in drawers and cabinets. Bookshelves can be used to store books
or DVDs or CDs, but shouldn’t have much else except a few simple
decorations (not whole collections of things).
- Declutter. If you are clearing flat surfaces and
the floor, and storing stuff in cabinets and drawers, you’ll probably
want to declutter your storage areas too. You can do this in a later
stage if you want. See How to Declutter for more.
- Simple artwork. To keep a room from being boring,
you can put a simple painting, drawing or photo, framed with a subdued,
solid color, on each wall if you want. Leave some walls bare if
- Simple decorations. As mentioned in the above
tips, one or two simple decorations can serve as accents for a
minimalist room. A vase of flowers or a small potted plant are two
classic examples. If the rest of your room has subdued colors, your
accents could use a bright color (such as red, or yellow) to draw the
eye and give a plain room a splash of energy.
- Plain window treatments. Bare windows, or simple,
solid colored curtains, or simple, wooden blinds are good. Too much
ornate stuff around the windows is clutter.
- Plain patterns. Solid colors are best for floor
coverings (if you have any), furniture, etc. Complex patterns, such as
flowers or checkers, are visual clutter.
- Subdued colors. As mentioned in Tip 9 above, you
can have a splash of bright color in the room, but most of the room
should be more subtle colors - white is classic minimalist, but really
any solid colors that don’t stress the eyes is good (earth colors come
to mind, such as blues, browns, tans, greens).
- Edit and eliminate. When you’ve simplified a room,
you can probably do more. Give it a couple of days, then look at
everything with a fresh eye. What can be eliminated? Stored out of
sight? What’s not essential? You can come back to each room every few
months, and sometimes you’ll discover things you can simplify even more.
- Place for everything. I’ve discussed this in other
posts, but in a minimalist house, it’s important that you find a place
for everything, and remember where those places are. Where does you
blender go? Give it a spot, and stick with it. Aim for logical spots
that are close to where the thing is used, to make things more
efficient, but the key is to designate a spot.
- Sit back, relax, and enjoy. Once you’ve simplified
a room, take a moment to look around and enjoy it. It’s so peaceful and
satisfying. This is the reward for your hard work. Ahhhh. So nice!
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