It’s been ages since I am hopping into different apartments, in different locations of Pune city to reside. I have heard from many, that shifting is a big pile of mess work. And that it starts a week before and continues to a week after shifting to a new home (Pssst… for some it is not a week, rather a month’s mess). In my case, the percentage of trouble while moving is way lesser than many others I know. I remember making a pact with my partner from the very beginning, that we won’t ever carry the weight of things we “want”. I mean wanted things are good in case of decorating, but hey there too is a thin line of controlling the craving. So, if you too are an occupant and temporary dweller, then living in minimalism is the key to living happier. Let me explain in bits.
# Too many things at home lead to too many storage boxes. So chances are that the drawers, shelves and cupboards may seem less in numbers to stuff in all the unnecessary stuff. I talked about “Chi” and some facts about Feng-Shui before. In which letting go of those you want that haven’t used in a year is the essential thing to do. Get away from those things, you’ll need much less furniture to store them and hence make a pretty clear-headed living.
# Too many home-decor pieces? I ‘same-pinch’ you on that! Being a blogger, I heart to stay updated with new collections and hence end up buying stuff that is just gonna sit for a while, until something new comes up. Now there are two ways to deal with it. Either you have a partner, who stops you at the billing counter and checks and ask “do you really need this?”. OR. You buy them and get away with the previous ones by putting up a “garage-sale” kind of thing. Don’t just keep on storing them at the backyard, it will soon take over your functional space too.
Living in Minimalism
# I know whenever someone comes up with a word “minimalistic home” your mind projects an image of completely white interiors. Just like most of the Pinterest images right? But nope dear. Minimalism doesn’t mean living in a white conch. It can be darn colourful as you love. But letting the room breathe, thus giving a good space in intervals, gives a good break from the visual point of view.
# When in doubt regarding freshening up space and giving it a different look… approach flowers. They can be changed every day. You won’t replace it because dust is settled on it. Instead, a new colour will replace the current dried ones (which is faster than the settling of dust). One advice though, grow your own flowers than plucking from your society garden. ;P
# Whenever you buy a furniture, don’t go for a lightweight (until it is smartly made with a durable material). But do go for a sleek design. Look for thinner legs of a sofa, table, cupboards etc.; compact almirahs and likewise. Like the creative headboard I mentioned before for a bed, rather than buying a bulky one. Generally, headboards add much weight to a bed, just for a fancy visual.
# Always pick things that are non-bulgy, are transformable (e.g. a coffee table transformed into a dining table), more technology oriented (e.g. remote controlled or click-through operations) and portable pieces (e.g. table with lock-in tyres). Such things will definitely cost you more, but the worth of it will remain with you at least for 5-12 years.
# At the end I will always recommend putting up plants for show-off. I cherish them more than any decor piece. They are very responsive, great for the environment, thousands of options to pick from, and are more lovable than anything flashy.
And… there you go. These are the best things to be done, to live a lighter and much lesser chaotic life. One more thing, loving your kid is obvious. But loading your kid with too many toys is of no use or help, neither to the home nor to you and your kid. You’ll soon know when your child will value the things that matter the most and are present only in minimal things :) Hope to see you soon here. Have a beautiful time ahead!