2016, has been the year of minimalism, a movement driven by those wanting to simplify their lifestyle. This means learning to live with less and embracing a living spaceinfluenced by the solid surfaces and clean lines of Scandinavian design. It is no wonder millennials are so enamoured withMinimalism — In a modern, urban apartment it can keep a small space organised and stylish. But for those wanting to embrace the mantra of ‘less is more’ that first throw out can be tricky.
Knowing which of our possessions will enhance home and which are just clutter in disguise can be harder than you think! We know an uncluttered apartment can make life all the more enjoyable so here is Quartermile’s guide to minimalism to help you nail the trend and to help you avoid throwing out everything but the kitchen sink!
So how do you know if you’ve taken the minimalist trend too far?
You’ve thrown away something very useful
There was a time you owned three of everything ‘just in case’, now you struggle to find useful objects you were once so reluctant to throw away. If you accidentally threw out that tape measure, hairbrush or spare blanket in an attempt to better your FengShui, you may havegone a little overboard on your last decluttering spree.
Top tip:It can be easy to throw out handy but rarely used objects in the midst of a clear out. Many Minimalists advocate the rule: If one of your belongings has not been used in 3-6 months, throw it out. But this advice can be dangerous and may leave you throwing out important tools, that lets face it, you just don’t need every day. Keep the 3-6 month rule for clothing and not household essentials.
A first time visitor asks ‘have you just moved in?’
If a guest arrival to your of several years asks you when the move in date was, there is a chance your home decor doesn’t look complete. If that’s the case, it maybe time to reinvest in that bed base you gave to charity and add in a few more homey touches.
Top tip: There are no rules with design, only you can measure your possessions’ importance. After all, your living space should make you happy, if you enjoy the look of a very pared back living space, great! But if it doesn’t, it may be time to add in your own special touches, whether thats flashes of colour, sentimental items or just a magazine cover you really like.
You can’t accommodate visitors without buying something new
If you once enjoyed having guests over but now get stressed because it means running out to buy spare bedding and cutlery, then your minimalist home is not meeting your needs.
Top tip: Owning one of everything may feel freeing for a short while but that may change once a friend arrives on the doorstep. Minimalism at its heart is about creating a practical living space, free from clutter, not to deprive your household of its essentials. Make sure you differentiate between a necessity andclutter. A spare item is not inherently clutter if it is an essential once in a while!
You pine for that sentimental object that you threw away
If you feel deep regret at throwing away that teddy bear or picture frame, you could be having a bad day or you may have gotten carried away on your last clear out.
Top Tip: Professional organiser, Marie Kondo has revolutionised the minimalist movement with the idea of connecting your possessions with joy. To avoid throwing away something you love, ask yourself the question, ‘does this object bring me joy?’ If the answer is yes, make sure to keep it. Your interior design is inspired by your personal style and personality, so don’t feel pressured tothrow away those sentimental objects that bring happiness.