Minimalism is a trend that has been around for a while. Lots of people have tried it and loved the way it affects not only their home decor, but their life as a whole. If you have been doing your research and are interested in the idea of minimalism, but you are not sure you are ready to fully commit to it, you may be wondering what you can do to try this lifestyle out for yourself. Get to know a few tips that can help you try minimalism without fully committing to it. Then, if you like minimalism, you can take the plunge, and if not, you can resume your previous lifestyle.
Try Just One Room
One of the ways that you can test the minimalism water is to just try to do the process in one room of your home. Preferably, this will be a room that you spend a lot of time in. Suggestions would include your bedroom, the living room, or the kitchen.
Go through the room of your choosing and declutter it. In pure minimalism, everything in your home will have a "home" of its own that is off the counters and put away in a drawer or closet. Ideally, you will have very few of these items to store, keeping your cupboards and closets decluttered as well.
In your minimalist room, try to achieve this goal. For the kitchen, for example, remove all kitchen wares, appliances, and utensils that rarely or never get used. If you are sure you want to be rid of them permanently, donate those items. Otherwise, put them in a box to be stored elsewhere during the experiment.
Making the room as sparse as possible will give you an idea of what living minimalist will entail. Do this experiment for a few months and see how it feels. Then, you can decide whether to try it in the rest of the house or go back to square one.
Get a Storage Unit
If and when you decide to try minimalism in your whole house, you may still be on the fence about whether you want to adopt this lifestyle permanently. This is where renting a storage unit will come in handy.
Declutter your whole house thoroughly. This includes furniture, televisions, extra electronics, clothing, books, and anything else you can think of (even photographs). Box everything up that you are planning to remove from your space for now but think you may want again in the future.
Take all of these items to a rented storage unit and keep them there. Preferably, choose a climate-controlled storage unit, especially if you have photographs or electronics among the items in storage.
Leave these items there for two to three months. During this time, if you desperately miss and want an item, jot down what it is on a list. Once the time is up, go and get those items from storage. The rest of it is likely stuff that you do not want or need in your life anymore and can be tossed or donated. And, if minimalism drives you crazy during those few months, you can restore much of your stuff back to your home with no problem.
Now that you know a few ways to try minimalism before you fully commit to it, you can get started right away.