A true minimalist knows how to properly maximize space. Minimalism, which began as an era, is now a movement and lifestyle in which materials are physically stripped down to their essential and most basic purposes.
To follow a minimalist lifestyle within the household, the elimination of clutter is the first step. It is quite relieving to get rid of useless objects such as old files in the office, worn out shoes in the bedroom, empty containers in the bathroom, and tarnished cutlery in the kitchen.
After throwing away these materials, there are still many ways to create more space in every room. There is a place for everything, and everything belongs in its place. Our aim is to show you how to save space by storing items in areas that do not include the floor, up against the wall, on counters, etc. This includes investing in new built-ins and functional furniture.
Think of maximizing space as a fresh start and consider remodeling and decorating an exciting adventure. The best way to furnish a beautifully spacious home is to make wise updates that will supply both mental tranquility and visual clarity.
At the Hardwood Lumber Company, never hesitate to ask us for advice or our opinion on construction suggestions. We value your intention and goals. Now, let’s take a tour through a house that is minimalist friendly:
First Step: The Entryway
The entryway is, without a doubt, the most frequented area in the home. In this area, children’s belongings can especially create a bunch of clutter. This should not be a “drop off” spot for tossing things but rather a “pick up” area for only a few items.
Fasten several wall mounted hooks for regularly worn jackets and backpacks. Add some shelves or built in cubby holes for shoes so that they are not left on the ground (this can help avoid tripping accidents). Keep only very necessary items in the entryway and please remember to utilize nearby closets!
For families who value sports and have athletic equipment, bulky gear does not belong here, so consider building lockers either in the garage or in the basement. Young all-stars will love to feel important as if they are big league talent.
The Living Room
Next, we stumble into the living room. This big area can bring the biggest messes. It is where people are prone to lounging that can lead to laziness and carelessness in keeping things organized. However, it is also the quintessential “show off” domain for guests – and centerpiece to maintain an impeccable, high standard image.
This room is a very public space for gathering, unlike a locked up (and sometimes messy) private bedroom. Normally, a fireplace, entertainment center and large furniture pieces take dominance in a living room. With the limited space, focus on smart shelving and built-ins that surround and extend the fireplace and entertainment center.
With its fancy mouldings and presentation, a fireplace can still be gorgeously enhanced for storage purposes – but be careful when it comes to complimenting the overall style of the room. The most favorable items to place near the fireplace would be valuable family photos, timeless art pieces and enchanting books, for example. If you do not have a library or an office space, installing floor to ceiling bookshelves can be an attractive alternative.
Tips for the Bathroom
Most bathrooms are tiny, so it is best to keep it trimmed and tidy. Multiple shelves and cupboards are important to have of course, but be careful of overcrowding the room.
There are ways to expand the overall appearance within this small area. With illusion tricks, cover the entire wall with full, large mirrors to maximize the appearance. The bathroom is an escape for personal hygiene and getting ready for the day. Because of this, mirrors are necessary, and it is better to save this area for vanity purposes as opposed to utilizing additional rooms.
Backup bath products should be stored underneath the sink or in a closet outside of the bathroom. Tuck away cosmetics in coordinating bags or in an organizer with multiple compartments. Think vertically, and stack items on a freestanding organizer shelf over places such as the toilet or sink.
Tiered baskets are a cute and clever way to hold shower supplies next to the bathtub. Built-in cabinets can be strategically installed wherever there is empty space, including on the side of the bathtub, in triangular corners, or along the top of the ceiling.
A Spot to Get Away: The Bedroom
An ideal spot to rest and relax is a cozy, comfortable bedroom that is visually appealing! There are many creative ways to achieve a roomy getaway.
Opt for hanging lighting fixtures as opposed to having floor lamps or table lamps. Invest in a ceiling fan instead of one that sits on the ground. Without a thought, we tend to toss everyday commonly used items on top of the bed or next to it. A great resolution would be to build a headboard behind your bed with a flat surface to be used as a shelf.
For those who have an extravagant wardrobe and cannot fit all of their clothes in a closet, armoire or dresser chest, install wooden drawers beneath the bed. You can also store personal papers in these drawers to assist in eliminating unattractive file cabinets. To soundly sleep the night away, do not disturb, do not hoard, and calm the clutter.
A Daily Staple: The Kitchen
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unless you are an ultimate foodie and love to spoil yourself at a restaurant daily or too busy to make a meal – you are bound to find yourself in the kitchen.
This room is full of energetic hustle and bustle; so the more action, the more space needed. Bountiful food and portly pots and pans are all over the place. What is the solution? Smart storage.
Cabinets are the most common stow away location, so if your cupboards do not climb up to the ceiling, there might be an available area to add shelves across the top. Here, the most attractive items can sit, ones that you do not mind showcasing. This may include breadbaskets, jars of nuts and spices, or a wine rack.
For efficiency and organization, hanging oversized and frequently used kitchenware on pegboards is a great idea. In small kitchens, pegboards are a substitute for the lack of cabinet space. This shows that proper placement varies according to the size of the kitchen.
No matter what, cleaning supplies should not be visible as they may be an eye sore. To tackle this, put hooks or organizer racks inside of cabinet doors (perhaps underneath the sink or the lowest to the ground) or tension rods to hang supplies and keep them arranged.
Still short on cabinet space? Utilize the oven to stack baking sheets and cooling racks inside. Built-ins, which is one of the best decisions to mastery of minimalism, can save special space for a microwave, television, fine china, etc. When it comes to kitchen islands, one might think that this takes up space. However, cabinets, food warmers, or buffets can be built in the side, saving even more space.
While these are some of the most popular locations in a home, this is not an exhaustive list, and there are countless ways to maximize space in your home. Think outside of the box, stand back and take a good view of your rooms and what you have in them.
In conclusion, function and purpose are both true to a minimalist makeover. Keep the attitude that you can have anything you want in your home but be conservative and knock out clutter to acquire elegance and simplicity simultaneously. This is the minimalist approach to optimum maximization.