Minimalism is the not so recent trend that’s been on the rise since the 1960s. Some people might refer to it as a movement, philosophy, or practice, and they aren’t wrong. The truth is definitions and explanations to the concept are endless and varied from multiple sources, but to put it simply, minimalism, as we understand it, is the act of simplifying one’s lifestyle to attain a sense of freedom from the consumerist and materialistic society we live in.

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Some people think living minimally requires drastic life changes like giving up your car or half the items in your house, which could be the end goal, but taking things slowly is more realistic. Look around your house for items that might be outdated and unnecessary. Clear up areas to the point where wall and floor are exposed – we call this “negative space”. Sometimes it gives that much needed breath of fresh air in a room, so don’t be afraid of it!

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Once you’ve moved some of your preloved furniture pieces to inventory, you’ll surely be left with a pile your heart just can’t turn away from. This is when it’s time to challenge the inner designer in you and try re-using, refurbishing, and repurposing! You’ll be surprised at all the new looks you can come up with with no added cost!

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Another tip is to dress up your current designs by accessorizing with accent pillows, throws, rugs, art, and indoor plants. A lot of people forget this extra layer when working toward minimalism, but accessorizing is always essential in bringing your designs to the next level. Just be careful not to overdo it. A few tasteful pillows never hurt anyone.

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But of course, the main elements that uphold every design lie in the base layer, which are your furniture pieces. Especially when living minimally, you become extremely dependent on the few pieces you actually have. Because of this, and the fact that you can actually afford to splurge on these quintessentials, invest in higher quality furniture pieces that might be on the pricey side. They are guaranteed to last and will be well worth the extra cost.

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