When you’re house hunting, it’s good to know your “living personality.” The home you choose should reflect the way you like to live rather than the latest trend in home design. If you are a minimalist at heart, you may be looking for something different than the average home buyer.
What is a minimalist?
Minimalism isn’t always about owning a very small house, although it can be for some, and it isn’t about getting rid of everything and eating and sleeping on the floor. What it is about is getting rid of (or not acquiring) the excesses that can clutter our lives and often cause us to be discontent and overwhelmed. While some people tout “rules” for how much a minimalist can own or how big their home can be, true minimalism is a mindset about what makes us happy versus what just litters and disorders our lives.
Minimalist living is an aim to living with only what you need, what is essential, but not with what consumerism and advertisements tell you that you should want. It is about making the best choices for you, and the type of lifestyle you want to live.
Are you a minimalist?
You might be a minimalist if
- Clutter makes you uncomfortable or irritated
- You hate the junk drawer
- You give stuff away every chance you get
- You’ve considered buying a very small house
- You’re attracted to minimalist architecture
What is minimalist architecture?
In the design world, minimalism is about simplifying and paring down the design elements. Often used in Japanese design and architecture, minimalism is a design aesthetic that seeks to achieve simplicity. Using basic geometric forms, simple materials and natural light, minimalist architects design homes with clean, open lines, natural wood, stone, glass and other fundamental components.
Can you be a minimalist in a traditional home?
While you may be naturally drawn to minimalist architecture, many homes in our area do not fit into the minimalist design aesthetic. A traditional home may be the perfect option for your minimalist lifestyle. Simply adopt these basic concepts when decorating your new space:
- Window coverings: Keep your space minimalist, by simplifying your window coverings. Leave windows bare, where possible, or use wood blinds or cellular blinds that sit inside the window opening.
- Furniture: Choose the fewest number of pieces as possible without sacrificing comfort and utility. Forego ornate or heavy pieces in favor of simple, clean lines and solid colors. Additional color and pattern accents can always be added in the form of floor rugs, pillows, or small throw blankets set on furniture pieces.
- Floors: Consider wood, tile or stained concrete floors.
- Artwork: Simple art objects or accents that draw the eye can add a dash of color to a basic room. Keep knick-knacks to a minimum.
- Organization: Forego the junk drawer, but have a space out of sight for the items you need to keep. With the exception of specific documents that require hard copies (birth certificates, diplomas, marriage licenses) store items on your computer or in the cloud.
- Landscaping: Choose native plants and hardscape to minimize the amount of upkeep your property requires.
Finding a minimalist home
Once I know the specifics of what you’re looking for, I can help you find the perfect home for your minimalist lifestyle. As a real estate professional, I know what is available in our area, and what you can do to make it fit the aesthetic you’re looking for.