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Ideas that make you happy

"How many things there are that I don't need": Socrates already had this wisdom in him. Recognising what you really need from all your things for a fulfilled life sounds easier said than done. Most of what we own we don't need. Not for our happiness. Minimalists live exactly according to this principle. They get rid of things and consciously focus on the essentials in all areas of life. Their homes are first priority or simply put, home is first priority.

Written by Ana K. Dec 15, 2021

Minimalist living makes you happy

You probably know it, you consciously avoid areas at home where chaos reigns. A depressing kitchen where mountains of dishes pile up or that part in the cupboard cramped with unnecessary stuff for which you don't have really any space but decided to keep it anyway. Chaos leads to restlessness, which makes us nervous and scatters our thoughts. A minimalist lifestyle, on the other hand, is liberating, deriving from reflection on only the essentials.

Owning less does not at all mean that we lack anything. Cleared out cupboards and deliberately selected things create more space and open areas within our four walls. The less we have, the fewer things we have to actively take care of and clean. Yes! Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? It creates space for the things that bring us joy. That is time. Time for new and old hobbies, for a mindful approach to the things and people that surround us and for which we are grateful. And that is exactly what makes us happy.

Principles of the minimalist living style

More joy in life through minimalist living. How do you put this into practice for yourself and ensure order, space and freedom? Don't forget that the whole thing should be fun. Look forward to the feeling of lightness that awaits you and change your perspective on "decluttering". Visualise getting rid of things not as a loss, but as a liberating act.

Clear shapes and neutral colours

The minimalist furnishing style thrives on coordinated shapes and clear lines. Ornaments and a mix of furniture from different design trends do not belong here. We allow eye continuity and tranquillity. As far as colours are concerned, we are also on the neutral side. No, not everything has to be white or strictly monochrome. Contrasts, however, should be kept to a minimum. Bright natural colors tend to have a calming effect on the mind.

A tip at this point: it's best to create a colour scheme or colour palette that you can stick to when furnishing or redecorating. You can find inspiration for your personal minimalist style and your dream colour palette on platforms like Pinterest.

Decoration: less is more

Don't worry, you don't have to do without decoration at all! Keep everything you have: but reduce. The key to minimalist decorating lies in choosing the right vases, sculptures and so on. If you have the choice, opt for a few eye-catchers instead of relying on many small elements.

Free space and open areas

Less belongings, less furniture, less decoration. What does that leave us with? That's right, a lot of open space which creates a wow effect! Let's face it, side tables number two and three were superfluous anyway and were used as placeholders or dust catchers at best. Living minimalist means being able to cope with open spaces without having to fill these gaps. So choose carpets wisely and ask yourself whether every piece of wall has to be adorned with a picture. Our eyes are allowed to take a break to let everythnig sink in. This is especially true for the bedroom. The place where we should quickly come to rest and recharge our batteries.

Closed pieces of furniture

We choose closed furniture not to hide any chaos inside them, but because we want to see clear lines and open space. These can only be visually created when all the things are not waving at us from the shelves. Sort thematically within the cupboards and work with labels. Then you have everything at hand quickly.

Quality before quantity

The rule of thumb for everything we buy is: quality before quantity. By the way, we should take this principle to heart more often. Owning things in duplicate is a no-go in minimalism anyway. It simply stands for superfluous ballast. Just like the second set of cutlery that languishes in our cupboard. If you buy less often and value things, pay attention to quality and workmanship. Put the things you want on a wishlist first and ask yourself after a while whether you still absolutely have to have them. Move away from the compulsion to consume, towards longevity and mindfulness.

Everything has its place

Minimalists clean out regularly. And they have absolutely no problem with it. They part with things and do not identify with them. What remains is allocated a fixed place and invariably finds its way back there. Using baskets as tidying aids can help. Things that are left lying around are first collected in the basket and then returned to their original place. This is especially practical if you are tidying up on two or more floors. Not everything has to go. For example, I put my personal memories in a box. But I only put things in there that will still mean something to me in the next 10 years.

Enjoy the process

Scandinavian flair is typically a characteristic of minimalist furnishing. Characterised by bright natural colours and uncomplicated shapes, you can do everything right as long as you stick to it. Small flats in particular can gain in size thanks to the freed-up space. The whole perception of your home can change. Reclaim your strength with a minimalist style of furnishing and give scattered thoughts some space to unfold anew.

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