OBTAINING A MINIMAL DESIGN IN YOUR HOME + YOUR MIND

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Minimalism is completely restructuring your mind in regards to necessary vs. unnecessary. Necessity vs. over consumption. We live in a society where value is placed on more, more, more. Our minds are engulfed in social media where the tunnel vision is showing us that 'things' hold value, and the more you have the better off you are. The more, more, more lifestyle is a huge contributor, in my personal opinion, to your mental health/state. It's a battle that I don't believe is a fair game for our minds to comprehend or fight. I feel as though if we shut off and essentially reverse how our minds were molded from the beginning, we can all lead and live a better, and more freeing life. I'm so incredibly passionate about minimalism because I have seen and experienced how much my quality of life has changed for the better once I finally surrendered to what is 'expected' vs what fits my own mental agenda.

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Our minds can be so incredibly complex, but your home doesn't have to be. There are steps you can take in your own home to obtain a minimal design and have an overall clearer mind. Today I'm going to touch base on a few of my own minimalism tips that I truly believe in and practice. 

COLOR SCHEME

Limit the color scheme in your home. I know what you're thinking. There is an unspoken correlation between minimalism and stark white walls. While that might ring true a majority of the time, you can alter that in your home with what suites you best. Bright neutral colors are great and non distracting, but leading a minimal life doesn't mean you have to eliminate color per say. When it comes to the color pallete in your home I would recommend sticking with a maximum or two colors throughout your home. This will help you focus less on 'decorating' each space based on wall color. Here's a great visual of color mixed with minimalism. 

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The photograph above shows that color is possible and can go hand in hand with minimalism. 

LETTING GO OF THINGS

Your visual balance is just as important as your mental balance. When you have a room full of THINGS and mass produced items from big box stores you are essentially weighing your mind down and creating an overwhelming space. You don't have to live in a completely bare home, but definitely make sure you try and put an emphasis on decorating with accents, just not going overboard with it. Display meaningful items out in the open, whether that's a photo ledge wall or a small gallery wall , but don't stick an entire aisle of your local craft store in a room and expect to not be overwhelmed. Put the rest in a cabinet, or dispose of it altogether. This situation plays out for me in my own home by having completely cleared kitchen counters and keeping it as visually bare as possible, but let's be real having four children can mean disaster or success when it comes to the kitchen. My kitchen is one of my favorite spots in our home because it's easy and quick to maintain due to lack of 'things'. 

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EMBRACE THE PROCESS

If you're new to the minimalism scene, don't get discouraged. This process can seem overwhelming, daunting, and feel like you'll never achieve the freedom you so desperately want and deserve. Instead of approaching this process cold turkey, read like me, start with one room at a time and create a point system of importance. Ask yourself if that item brings you happiness or joy? Ask yourself what that particular item adds to your life. If you ponder longer than two minutes let it go. Treat the process with the same importance as grabbing your morning cup of coffee. If you make it a priority and necessity change will happen.

Thanks for stopping by and reading today. I hope this post has encouraged you to tackle your home and live a more minimalistic lifestyle. Give the gift of freedom to your mind and take that tunnel vision and make it for you, not against you. If you want to read more about my journey to minimalism you can do so here. 

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