You’ve all heard it: less is more. When it comes to your bedroom, though, it couldn’t be truer. You lead a busy life while trying to balance responsibilities and recreation. Your bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night. If it’s cluttered and a cause for disappointment, it’s likely your mind will feel the same. The pyramid of clothes growing on your lounge chair and poking out of your dresser, the furniture you’ve stubbed your toe on many times over the years-- they’ll haunt you all day. Declutter your space (and your life) by opting for minimalism in a few simple ways.
Your bed is the most important part of your bedroom. It’s also the best piece of furniture for hidden storage. Even with a low platform bed, under bed storage is the best decluttering solution. It’s accessible enough for your everyday items but concealed enough to employ the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality you’re designing for. Plus, it’s a great alternative to all of the extra furniture you’ve accumulated over the years.
Lighting is the ultimate mood-setter. When going for a minimal vibe, consider a pendant light for a sleek, concentrated look. A pendant light will serve its purpose by lighting up space but will brightest wherever it’s placed. This way, you can get many moods out of one space. Opt for a modern sconce if your bedside table is getting crowded or if you are cohabiting a space and need more control of your light.
Keep the patterns to a minimum. Solid, neutral tones and natural fabrics will help you achieve the clean aesthetic you’re striving for. Lightweight linen is breathable enough for summer and layers well with your favorite quilt for winter. Neutral colors represent purity, cleanliness, and promote calming energy. A year-round, durable fabric like linen in a goes-with-anything color will give you an easy style to maintain and less bedding to store away.
Take a look at what’s on the surfaces in your bedroom. On your bedside table, your reading chair, your shelves, your dresser-- you get the idea. Keep as little as possible on surfaces in order to free up space in your room and in your mind. Walking into a clean space after a long day is a great way to pay yourself back. A rule of thumb: If it lives on a visible surface, it should be practical.
Stay away from knick-knacks and trinkets when choosing minimalism. Instead, keep your decor practical. Turning existing clutter to multifunctional decor only takes a little tidying up and some strategic placement. Add some of your favorite books to your space for added color and dimension. Get a plant or two for enhanced air quality. Place a candle on your nightstand for when it’s time to set the mood. Place a ceramic dish on your dresser to catch all of your favorite rings and things.
It only takes a few changes to your bedroom to find clarity in your space and mind. Maintain these changes with consistent tidying habits soon enough, thinking about the mess you have to confront when you get home today will be a silly thing of the past.