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This Is The First Step To Having A Minimalist Home

It's not painting your walls white or buying wicker baskets to put your stuff in

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It’s 2018, and the minimalism movement is going stronger than ever, especially in the realm of interior design. More homeowners are opting for neutral tones like gray, blue, and white, mixed with wicker and wood textures to create a light and breezy home that evokes calmness in one’s life.

It’s undoubtedly a gorgeous style, but what many fail to remember is that minimalism is more than an aesthetic—rather, it’s a lifestyle aimed at freeing yourself from attaching too much meaning to material possessions. Think about it: what’s the use of having a sleek, all-white home if your closets are still overflowing with clothing and accessories?



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The real secret to minimalism isn’t in picking a subdued color palette for your home. It’s by doing something many of us hate—decluttering. Thankfully, there’s now a lot of guides to help us with letting go of items we don’t need. Think Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which essentially asks people to only keep items that spark joy in their lives. The author’s technique has propelled minimalism to where it is today, and her book is a great resource for homeowners seeking to downsize.


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 It’s also important to remember that clutter isn’t just about what you see at a glance. There’s no sense in shoving all your stuff in a cabinet and calling it a day; you have to actually look at each item and weigh if it is still valuable to you and the life you are trying to lead.

If you want to take your first step into minimalism, check out a few more helpful guides below:

5 Signs You Need To Declutter Your Home

Declutter Your Kitchen — The KonMari Way

Where To Donate: 5 Organizations That Would Welcome Your Pre-Owned Items

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