Minimalism has been growing in popularity in recent years, and for a few noteworthy reasons too. Having fewer material possessions in your home means that you can design your interiors with greater, more focused intent.It goes without saying that clutter around the home . That’s why so many households are embracing minimalist design principles. Families who adopt a minimalist approach to home interior design enjoy a relaxed, focused lifestyle where they can embrace the daily joys while leaving anxieties behind. Above, we have demonstrated how this outlook trickles down to the maintenance chores we all dread. Eliminating unused furnishings and items around the house leads to a simplified cleaning routine, saving work, and allowing you to focus on spending more time with your loved ones.
Even so, maintaining a clean and clutter-free living space is crucial for those seeking to enjoy the simplified lifestyle that accompanies minimalist interior design. The goal is to strike the perfect balance between functionality and aesthetics. Suppose you’d like to keep your table top cleared for those delicious meals, or want organised cupboards where your tableware is safely stored for easy access. In that case, the principles of minimalism have much to offer – but a little thoughtful curation is required before you can really begin reaping the benefits of this design practice.
Continue reading for practical ideas to get started when it comes to keeping your minimalist home effortlessly clutter-free.
Gather Your Cleaning Tools & Supplies
Simplicity extends beyond decor and organisation. Similarly, our cleaning supplies don’t need to be overthought. We recommend striving for a focused and limited set of cleaning tools and supplies to get the job done.
Start with fresh microfibre cloths and a standard all-purpose cleaning spray with your favourite fragrance. When selecting household cleaning solutions, it’s always best to go with one that is safe and effective for multiple surfaces, including glass, Formica, fabric, etc.
For floors, a functional broom and dustpan are essential. Perhaps a compact vacuum with ample attachments would also fit perfectly to speed up your daily and weekly cleaning processes. Finally, a straightforward mop and bucket system that fits nicely in your storage space completes our floor care needs. Designate small containers or place them out of sight within a closet or the garage to store these items.
Mindful Habits - Wipedowns
We have our supplies; now it’s time to consider how we use them. You can use microfibre cloths with a cleaning solution to wipe down surfaces that attract grime. This includes functional surfaces like light switches, telephones, handles on your kitchen appliances, and remote controls. Basically any things that are frequently touched by our dirty hands or in rooms where dust and moisture are prevalent, should become targets for daily wiping.
Decorations are lovely, but their stationary nature means dust buildup occurs faster than you may expect. With that, remember to wipe down your decor pieces or perhaps even remove them entirely to ensure that your home design is more aligned with minimalist design principles. Interior surfaces are easier to keep clean and orderly without clutter getting in your way.
Mindful Dining Habits
Food preparation and our meal habits are two of the most notorious elements of everyday living for generating clutter. With that in mind, try implementing mindful dining practices by promptly washing dishes after all your meals. You may also try to enjoy meals in the same space in your home (i.e. at your dining table rather than in your living room). This helps reduce the risks of dropping crumbs or even having spills in your living spaces.
When dining, it’s also recommended that you use coasters and placemats to protect your tables from stains and scratching. The last thing any minimalist homeowner wants (aside from clutter) is water rings disrupting the space and uniformity of their table tops.
Organise With Purpose
Well-sorted storage is a vital part of minimalism. Thankfully, there are so many innovative storage solutions out there to select from now, so all you need to do is find a system that works best for you.
A good place to start is by developing a categorisation system for things in your cupboards. This makes locating items easy enough to do without fumbling about. And once all your essential items are in place, you’ll find that it’s easier to purge non-essential things from your shelves.
We also recommend maximising vertical shelf space by using dividers or organisers to stack items neatly, avoiding overcrowding. Consider using a labelling system to enhance visibility, making it easier to identify items at a glance.
You could also consider devising discrete storage solutions for everyday items such as keys, lighters, chargers, remotes, etc. Think of orderly ways to keep these things close at hand without cluttering table surfaces. Decorative baskets or boxes are perfect for this, or perhaps designate one drawer on a coffee table or the kitchen counter. All of these options are great storage initiatives for those of us who are constantly hunting down our keys before leaving the house!
Dusting With Purpose
Nothing spoils the appearance of an orderly home like unsightly dust. Thankfully, dust is easy enough to keep at bay by simply implementing a weekly dusting routine.
Use microfibre cloths and wipe all flat surfaces, including shelves, tables, dressers, TVs, microwaves, etc. We also recommend that you do this before vacuuming to prevent dust redistribution.
It’s also wise to install a HEPA-certified vacuum filter and have spares on hand. Start vacuuming in a top-down fashion, leaving floors for last. Consider installing an air purifier to reduce your dusting workload. Regularly launder your house fabrics (such as curtains, linens, door mats, and carpets) to eliminate significant particle buildup that pollutes interior air. Taking these steps can help dramatically reduce the rate at which dust builds up in your home.
Now that your shelves and other surfaces are dust-free, let’s move onto ensuring that your floors stay free from debris. Keep the dustpan and broom readily available here; use them daily to stay on top of dust and large particles. Then, use your vacuum once or twice per week for thorough sweeps.
Use easy-to-clean throw rugs for high-traffic areas, protecting wood and tile floors, and launder or shake these rugs outdoors to maintain them. Dry them outdoors thoroughly to prevent mildew odour. Promptly address floor spills and stains when they occur.
You may also opt to enforce a no-shoe policy in the home. You’d be surprised by just how much debris can be carried into your home on the soles of your shoes. Implement a storage area near entry doors for all shoes in your home, using a tray for easy dirt disposal outdoors.