You want your home to be sleek, but not sterile. You want a look that’s both uncluttered and comfortable. You want your possessions to be useful and beautiful, not a burden or a mess.
You can have all that—and you should. Research tells us that an uncluttered home leads to an uncluttered mind.
Here are a few tips to help you create a cozy, minimalist home.
Cozy Minimalist Home Designs
Before you can work on getting cozy, you have to get rid of the clutter.
There are numerous strategies on decluttering, including the method promoted by the wildly popular Maria Kondo. Kondo, who even has her own Netflix show now, is known for famously asking, “does this spark joy?” when considering whether to keep or get rid of an item.
But there are plenty of other ways to declutter. Barbara Hemphill, author of “Less Clutter, More Life” refers to clutter as “delayed decisions.” If you think you might need an item someday down the road, but can replace it in 20 minutes or less for $20 or less, then let it go.
The bottom line? Set aside a weekend and get rid of your extra stuff—and be ruthless. Why do you need 15 coffee mugs? Don’t keep that tattered throw pillow. If you hate the lamp in your living room, get rid of it.
Once you’ve got the minimalist part down, you’re ready to get cozy.
Minimalist Living Room Decor
In addition to a total absence of clutter, a true minimalist home means that you also don’t have a lot of bright colors or patterns—and certainly no knick knacks. Rather, you might opt for an earthy palette of white, cream, beige, or gray. Furniture will be streamlined with clean lines. Window hangings, if there are any, will be simple.
So how can you make a design like that be cozy? Think of your room like a beach. There may not be a lot of color, but there is a ton of variety found in the sand, seashells, and driftwood.
Your room might have natural wood floors, a jute rug, a chenille sofa, a hand-knitted throw and velvet pillows. Your décor will still be sleek and soothing, but also cozy and inviting.
Minimalist Homes & StorageMart
If you’ve already uncluttered, but find that you still simply have too much stuff, then it may be time to upgrade with more space. For some, self storage can be an ideal solution. At StorageMart, we offer well lit and affordable self storage units
that can be rented on a month-by-month basis. Find the size that’s right for you or contact us to rent a unit online