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Embracing Minimalism in the New Year

Chair, side table, and coffee table in a living room with a minimalist decor. Image credit: Mikhail Nilov.

December 2023


A new year is the perfect time to consider adopting a lifestyle of minimalism. Minimalism isn’t just about decluttering your physical space. It’s a holistic approach that can lead to a simpler, more intentional, and fulfilling life.

The Philosophy of Minimalism

Before we dive into the practical aspects of minimalism, let’s understand the philosophy behind it. Minimalism is about prioritizing what truly matters to you and eliminating the excess that clutters your life. It’s about embracing the freedom that comes with owning fewer things and reducing your environmental footprint.

Think of minimalism as a process. It’s perfectly fine to start small. Over time, you’ll find that the principles of minimalism will permeate other aspects of your life, leading to greater simplicity, mindfulness, and fulfillment in the new year and beyond.

Declutter Your Décor

You spend a lot of time in your VIDA apartment or townhome, so it follows that your décor can have a big impact on your mood. Minimalist decor is characterized by simplicity, functionality, and a sense of calm. Consider these changes:

Declutter Your Space. Start by going through each room in your home and identifying items that no longer serve a purpose or bring you joy. Donate, sell, or recycle these things to create more space.

Choose Neutral Colors. Minimalist decor often features a neutral color palette, such as whites, grays, or tans. These colors create a serene atmosphere and allow your space to feel more open.

Furniture with Purpose. Invest in furniture that serves a purpose and has clean lines. Avoid bulky or unnecessary pieces that take up valuable space. Multifunctional furniture, like a sofa bed or a coffee table with storage, is great for apartments and townhomes.

Less is More. When it comes to decor, remember that less is more. Select a few meaningful pieces, like artwork or sculptures, and display them with intention. Avoid overcrowding shelves and tabletops. Take a quality of quantity approach. Avoid disposable items and invest in high-quality timeless pieces.

Organize Your Home with Purpose

Organizing your apartment or townhome is an essential part of adopting a minimalist lifestyle. An organized space promotes clarity of mind and efficiency in your daily life.

Declutter Regularly. Make decluttering a routine. Set aside time each month to reassess your belongings and let go of items you no longer need. Don’t think of it as a chore, think of it as a gift to your peace of mind.

Create Zones. Living in an apartment or townhome means not having lots of different rooms. You can create the same effect by organizing your home into functional zones. For example, designate a space for work, relaxation, and dining. Each area should have only the items necessary for its purpose.

Storage Solutions. Invest in efficient storage solutions, like shelves, cabinets, and storage bins. Ensure everything has its place and be mindful not to overfill storage areas.

Digital Declutter. Minimalism extends to your digital life too. Regularly review and delete unnecessary files, emails, and apps on your devices.

One In, One Out. Implement a “one in, one out” rule for new purchases. When you acquire something new, be committed to letting go of something old to maintain a balanced and clutter-free space.

Simplify Your Cleaning Routine

A minimalist lifestyle extends to your cleaning habits as well. Simplify your cleaning routine to save time and maintain a clutter-free home effortlessly.

Daily Maintenance. Develop a daily cleaning routine that includes simple tasks like wiping down surfaces, doing the dishes, and making your bed. These small efforts will make it easier to maintain a tidy space.

Declutter Before Cleaning. Before deep cleaning a room, declutter it first. This will make the cleaning process faster and more efficient.

Embrace Minimalist Decor in Cleaning Tools. Choose minimalist designs for cleaning tools like brooms, mops, and vacuum cleaners. These aesthetically pleasing tools can be displayed in plain sight without disrupting your decor.