I can’t claim that my home is completely minimalist, but it isn’t cluttered, and most people I know would call it a pretty minimalist home.
One recent visitor saw my home and remarked, “I’ve never seen a house 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, my living room only have few essentials: TV, a couch, a foldable dining table (clear of any clutter), a desk with 2 chairs and a bench. On the kitchen counters are only the microwave and air fryer.
Is this kind of minimalist home devoid of character,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. It’s neat and nice. Besides, my kitchen cabinet is in purple and pink. That is my take on whimsy and fun.
The benefits of a minimalist home are many. One, it is easy to clean. Two, it gives me a stress free environment to work and play in my own home. My house is not always this way but I kept a clutter free philosophy to only purchase what I need. So three, it saves me money.
As Eid approaches, here are tips I do to keep my house in order. I do this early or before Ramadan so you are free to focus in your ibadah during the month, especially for the last week of Ramadan. After all, Lailatul Qadr – the night of all nights, comes in the last nights of Ramadan.
How to Create a Minimalist Home for Eid.
There are actually no set steps to making your home minimalist, except to change your philosophy and shoot for the ideals. But here are some tips that I would offer to anyone trying to shoot for minimalism and a clutter free home:
1. Start small by removing 1 item daily – Every day spend 5 mins and scan your home. Look for items that can be thrown or given away. Do this every day and in one year you would have removed 365 items. Hello space!
2. Pick 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!
3.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 with solid, subdued colors.
4. Keep 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.
5.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.
6. 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.
7. 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 you shouldn’t have much else except a few simple decorations (not whole collections of things)
8. 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.
9. 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 possible.
10. Edit and Eliminate. When you’ve simplified a room, you can 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? Come back to each room every few months and eliminate more.
11. Set a place for everything. It is 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 choose a spot.
The key is consistency. To get you started, register for our Clutter Free Challenge here. In the next 28 days, spend 10 minutes to declutter the areas that is listed in the Challenge daily.
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