I want to share a video with you. It’s from the blog at TheMinimalists.com and its message will provide you with a glimpse into how some prefer to live.
What did you think? Did you like Joshua and Bex’s apartment minimalist decor or did you find it stark and way too modern for your tastes?
Whatever your reaction might be, you have to admit that what shines through every room is its basic structure.
One of the lines that I liked the most in this video was this:
“The bones are the beauty.”
So much of the time, we lose sight of the bones that support our living spaces. Instead of seeing them as unique entities to be highlighted, we tend to cover them up with trinkets and layers of junk.
Take a bookcase for example. A bookcase itself can be a nice item in your living room, but when it’s jammed full of books, knick-knacks, and stuff that doesn’t have any other place, the beauty of the bookcase is lost.
Likewise, a coffee table is usually purchased because of its look and how it fits into space you designate for it. Instead of complimenting it with a coffee table book or a single elegant piece of art, we tend to cover it up with extraneous stuff that mostly just gets in the way making it harder to dust and adding to the number of items that need dusting.
The beauty of the table we shopped so carefully for is lost.
Are you covering the bones in your living space? Are they covered with stuff that’s non-essential? If so, why not dispose of them now?
Tip: Choose one bone in your living space and reduce it to its most basic state. Then add only one or two items. See how that feels.
Another aspect of Joshua’s video that I especially liked was how he said that the only items on countertops and surfaces are those that either accent the furniture or are used every day.
Think about your kitchen…or my kitchen. We tend to place frequently used items on the countertops thinking this is a smart use our time. In reality, we might not use that spice jar very often at all because we don’t cook very often.
Do I really need that cute sign that says ‘Coffee is Always a Good Idea’ to be displayed right next to the coffeemaker? I mean, no one ever sees it but me and I already know that!
There are no rules
Before we go down a rabbit hole on how minimal your living space decor should be, let’s be clear – there are no rules. I’m the first to acknowledge that everyone has a unique style that works for them.
Whatever works for you is fine.
I just know from personal experiences, like when I walk into a hotel room and take in its minimalist decor, how living with less is so much better.