Minimalism isn’t just a trend, a clutter-free space is a way of life! Several proven benefits come with decluttering your space: mental health improvements, like feeling less overwhelmed, and design advantages, like the timelessness that comes with a neutral palette. To reap all the benefits, however, we’ll have to take a step back and consider some key factors to achieve this minimalist look and feel.
Now I realize we can’t all be Marie Kondo lovers! Cleaning up and organizing your home is not everyone’s idea of a fun time, but with these 5 simple tips, your space will feel lighter and freer in no time. Let’s jump right in.
Multifunctional decor is one way to ensure that you’re using all of the objects in your home and they aren’t just becoming clutter. For example, Nanoleaf Shapes or Canvas can double as lighting and entertainment. Use these modular light panels as functional or ambient lighting and try out some of the Touch Games like “Whack A Mole” to stay entertained.
There’s a simple rule of thumb that declutterers follow to make sure all of their objects have a purpose! The 90/90 minimalist rule goes like this—ask yourself:
1) Have you used this thing in the past 90 days?
2) If not, will you use it in the next 90 days? If the answer is no to both questions then you could probably do without this object in your house.
2. Declutter Your Mind Along With Your Space
If you’re like me, the issue with decluttering is not the actual organizing! The thought of having to sort through sentimental items and decide if I can keep them is mentally exhausting.
There are some other exercises aside from the 90/90 rule that can help you clean up your space. Ask yourself if the object is useful, beautiful, or even “sparks joy.” Another trick is to ask yourself if you’d buy the object now; if not, maybe it no longer suits you or your lifestyle. The point is to get to the bottom of why you have that item and once you have, decide if you need it. Of course, getting rid of “clutter is to your discretion but I highly recommend trying some of these exercises to clear up your space.
Making your space feel airy is more than just cleaning it up, the objects you decide to put in a space make all the difference as well.
You’re going to get less of a free feeling from large bulky items. My suggestion when picking decor is that less is more, so keep it simple and stick with neutral and natural tones. Create a timeless space with nature-inspired decor like Nanoleaf Elements Wood Look Light Panels—the sleek design takes up a minimal amount of space and the wood grain aesthetic adds texture while complementing other existing design elements such as hardwood floors.
Create some imaginary boundaries in your home, designating certain places for certain things (and I don’t mean to say that spaces can’t be multifunctional). Whether they have one purpose or more, understand it so you can make the most of the objects in that room.
The best way to approach an entire home is to go room to room and see what improvements can be made in each. Are there enough coat hangers in your entryway? Are your cables being managed in your entertainment space? Can you save space by replacing that large lamp in your office with a wall-mounted lighting solution (like Nanoleaf Shapes)? Even multifunctional spaces can be defined; try flexible pieces with more than one function so you can seamlessly shift the mood of the room. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, smart lighting is a great way to set the right ambience.
5. Get Creative With Storage To Avoid The Clutter
One of the toughest parts of organizing small spaces is storage. Reduce the clutter with unique decor pieces that double as organizers.
There are many creative storage options you can use to give each item a safe place in your home. Find pieces that have more than one function. For example, a floating shelf ladder that’s also usable as a desk, or an upholstered ottoman that opens up to store whatever you’d like. And you can always play with the layout of your space to make things fit best for you.
Decluttering an entire home can feel like a huge undertaking but you can use any of these 5 tips in any space. If you have another awesome decluttering tip we’d love to hear about it, share it with us!