Having a space where you feel inspired is key to stay productive and healthy. Well, this month I finally took time to start gathering ideas and plan ahead to redecorate.
Let me tell you, it was easier said than done. While I was getting ready to start decluttering before thinking about anything else, I realized how many things I kept with the ‘oh, one day I will need this’ way of thinking. Things that I haven’t even looked at in over a year were still around.
Feeling overwhelmed, I decided it was time for a change. That’s what lead me to research more about how to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. Enter YouTube and countless of blogs about minimalism (it was fun!). This is not a new subject at all, but I never truly sat down to read about it and how to apply it to your space and decor, I was always focused on the graphic design side of it.
There is a lot of information out there about minimalism and, from what I’ve seen, it tends to be a conflicting subject for most people. Some think it has to do only with a black and white color scheme, almost no furniture at home, no shopping, etc… Which is of course really extreme and not what it is about.
Now, I’m not an expert in minimalism whatsoever, but I think what’s important is that when you want to make a lifestyle change like this, you adopt those practices that make sense to you the most. The ones that help you live a healthy and stress-free life.
For me, it’s about having what you need and what makes you happy, without wasting resources. This mentality changed the way I look at what I own. I suddenly noticed all the boxes hidden at the back of the closet with books I don’t even remember reading. The number of clothes that I haven’t worn in such a long time. Notepads, pens, and stationery that, while it’s lovely to look at, I will probably not use anytime soon.
So, I took a deep breath and started going through all those things that I might not use, but someone else can benefit from. And let me tell you it felt liberating! I kept only the necessary and those details that I love looking at, that’s it.
Of course, I had to first create a minimal mood board to use as inspiration for my de-cluttering phase and how I wish to maintain my space. I wanted to focus on a light color palette, using white, touches of black, green to add life to it and I couldn’t leave behind my signature touch of blush. And I thought about sharing it with you, just in case you need some inspiration as well.
This is still a work in progress, but every step counts!