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Spring Cleaning and a Minimalist Home

We live in a society where most needs are just one Amazon prime purchase away. In the midst of this consumer culture there is a growing trend of minimalism spanning capsule wardrobes to tiny homes and everything in between. Is it true that less really is more now? Is minimalism the new black? Only time will tell, but here is the impact this trend can have on your home and even you.

A study by UCLA actually found a link between higher rates of a stress hormone in families living in clutter compared to those in organized homes. This relationship was even more significant for moms. Sorry kids, science seems to side with the moms on this one, your messy childhood room really does “drive her crazy” or at least seriously stress her out.

So what does this mean for our homes? Here are a few tips on how to simultaneously destress and update your homes style:

  • Take advantage of spring cleaning and begin to evaluate the difference between needs and wants. In the words of William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
  • Come up with general “rules of thumb” for different areas of your home and donate items that you haven’t used in the last year or 6 months.
  • Get the whole family on board and involve them in the process. This way everyone has a stake in the process and outcome.
  • Turn storage solutions into a statement piece. Thanks to urban and boho decor trends, stylish and functional baskets are available for purchase everywhere.

Spring has sprung. Mix spring cleaning up this year and give minimalism a go!

Hand woven storage for sale, photo courtesy of thelittlemarket.com