5 little ways to become a minimalist

February 3, 2015

"Less is more," is becoming increasingly popular, even in terms of home decor. Sure, a large collection of objects may be satisfying to an extent, but they certainly don't define us as people. Decorating with fewer pieces gives us more time to focus on relationships and other important aspects in our lives - not to mention it's less wasteful. 

Here are five little ways to become a minimalist:

1. Purge, purge, purge
Assuming you've been on this earth for at least two decades, you've likely accumulated an array of goods - even if you're not materialistic. Well, mister or misses, it's time to schlep off the old to become a new you. Rid yourself of any old papers, binders, clothes, glassware and more. Give back by donating these items instead of setting them out for the garbage collector.

In places where it's harder to have less, like the kitchen - get rid of multiples, keep what works best and find multi-use items, suggested Apartment Therapy. Oh, and don't forget to sort through the pantry!

2. Become a trader
Barter with yourself to keep the ebb and flow of your home going. When something new enters your space, it's time to let go of something old. This technique will keep you from those little impulsive buys that we all know and love when we're standing at the check out counter.

3. Live in color
You're a minimalist now, it's time to start thinking outside of the box. Rely on colors to spruce up a dull room when you don't want to add any more tangible items to a space. Have a wine night and let your artsy friends paint a mural. Scope out emerging artists because their work will likely be more affordable than, say, a Picasso. 

4. Please the senses
Rely on other senses - smell, sight and hearing - to compensate for a lack of visual stimulation. Light some aromatherapy candles, turn on your favorite Fleetwood Mac album and allow yourself to enjoy your surroundings. 

5. Accept donations, not gifts
Being a minimalists feels great, but it doesn't always come easy, especially during the holidays. For your next birthday, politely request donations to your favorite charities instead of presents. Few things in life are as fulfilling as helping others, not to mention you won't have to worry about what to do with all of the presents!

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