4 Reasons Why You Should Embrace the Minimalist Lifestyle

It’s easy to live a life where you’re used to having a lot of baggage around, but having all the stuff around you don’t use has its own downsides. More often than not, you only end up finding that you have so much that’s covered in dust, or even eaten away by mold or moth larvae.

This is where minimalism comes in as a change in mindset or a way of life – and there are a lot of benefits that come along with it.

In fact, there are a lot of reasons for anyone to start making the change, such as the following (that you really need to know about right now):

1. No need to stress out when getting ready
If you’ve noticed that it takes a lot of time for you to get dressed, you might have also noticed that that most of the time spent “getting ready” comes from having to choose which clothes to wear.

If this is the case for you, there’s a good chance that you may have amassed too many to begin with, and the result is that you can’t make up your mind on anything at all.

2. You organize your stuff better
It’s not just your closet that’s stressing you out lately, or for some time now – it’s everything in your room, or even your whole home, that you can’t seem to arrange neatly.

There comes a point when there’s only so much that your place can store, and it’s time to start clearing away things that you haven’t used in a long time.

Embracing the minimalist lifestyle is a physical and mental “de-cluttering” of sorts. By clearing out all the things you don’t need, you focus your attention better on only the things that you do.

3. You get to make better decisions
By adopting a minimalist mindset to your room, your home, and other aspects of your life such as your social media presence, you learn that there’s so much that you have that needs more attention – and so many others that don’t.
You also stop impulse buying when you see the first instance of a sale, which is something your wallet is guaranteed to thank you.

Minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean living cheap, though this could also go that way – it means having only the stuff you really need and not having to buy all the time. This can mean investing in expensive, high-quality items that don’t break down so easily.

4. Minimalism lets you appreciate space
Once you’ve started clearing your living space (and in a way, your mind as well), you might be surprised to find that there was so much room in your home to begin with. Everything is wider and feels less cramped, and you can breathe and move around more easily because of this.

04 Mar 2019

4 Secret Tips for Creating the Ultimate Bedroom

Whether you live alone or share a place with friends or family, one thing’s for certain: your bedroom is the area that you can truly say is your “home base”.

After all, it’s got all you’re your personal effects, the place where you really get to be yourself, and it’s the place you sleep and wake up in every day – so why not make it look like something that’s truly your own?

To get started on it, here are four secret tips that you should use in order to create the ultimate bedroom, whether it’s in an HDB flat or in a condo in Singapore:

1. Sketch your layout. The first step for finding something that works? It’s simple – get it down on paper!
The best way you can get started on finding the layout is by emptying out your room until nothing is left but ceiling, walls, and floor. Once done, you will have a much better idea as to what you room really looks like, and you can start sketching the changes you want from there.

Alternatively, if you prefer using a digital platform for your lay-outing, you can also find a lot of online planners available for free.

2. Control natural light. Light sources are crucial wherever you are, so it’s important that you don’t just slap any light bulb onto your socket and call it a day.

If your room has windows that allow light to filter in, take advantage of that and use light curtains to save on electricity while at the same time making your room feel more spacious.

However, if your room doesn’t have windows, look into artificial light sources such as lamps to give an added ambiance.

3. Get creative with your storage! Sometimes, you’re going to have to make choices based on practicality, and if you’re stuck with a small room, you want to maximize as much space as you possibly can.

This means looking into multi-purpose furniture, such as beds that have their own storage compartments at the bottom, or cabinets with extra drawers.

4. Have any electrical works done in advance. If you plan on making any renovations to your new room, start with the electrical works first. This way, you won’t have to spend a lot of time having problems with them later on.
This also extends to plumbing, phone jacks, and even air conditioning.

Even with a small room, a tight budget, and a lack of free time, there are so many ways and designs you can use to add a lot of personality to the space where you can truly be yourself – all you really need to get the ball rolling is your imagination.

What are you waiting for? Start re-decorating now!

04 Mar 2019

5 Great Furniture Alternatives to Optimize a Small Living Room Space

Looking to spruce up your living room but find that you don’t have the space to make your ideas and dreams come true?

Well worry no more – there’s a lot of interior decorating you can do to bring out the best in your small living space!

In fact, here are ten amazing ideas that’s sure to bring out the best in your small living room:

1. Clear out the sofa!
While you think it’s vital that you need to have a sofa in your home, there’s a good chance that it might simply be the one piece of furniture that’s taking up the most room in your home aside from the shelves and cabinets.

2. Mount your TV.
Maximizing space also means minimizing the number of things on the floor, and this may also mean mounting your television screen instead of setting it on a table. Once you do this, you’ll find that there’s more space in your living room than you first thought.

3. Have an adjustable table in the center of your living room.
It can be a little tricky to make your living room space relaxing when there’s not enough space to move around. With height-adjustable furniture, you not only free up more space, but can also adjust them for the occasion.

4. Use ottomans to double as extra storage and chairs.
The next best thing to adjustable furniture is multipurpose furniture. While both are important, you should especially look for a way to store items in your living room that will eliminate the need for additional shelves.

5. Install floating shelves.
If you don’t have enough space on your floor, use your walls!

There’s a good chance that you’re not thinking about vertical space when you want to re-decorate your living room, but when you do decide to take this into account, you’ll be surprised at the amount of stuff you can clear by simply having them on a floating shelf.

Because floating shelves have such a minimized profile, they work great when you’re trying to clear as much space in the living room as you can.

Aside from the furniture, other things you need to consider for your living room are the wall colors and light sources, since they can easily affect the atmosphere and ambiance of the living room.

Lastly, you should especially think about the format of your living room before considering the type of furniture to get – no piece of furniture, no matter how aesthetically pleasing, can work in any space, and some just better suited for wide spaces than others (this makes proper estimating crucial).

26 Oct 2018

How to Increase Your Home’s Aesthetic Appeal

 

Your environment affects you more than you know; in fact, your surroundings affect your mood and even your level of productivity. Fortunately, creating a welcoming home doesn’t require any particular skillset. All that you need is a bit of will and persistence, while putting the following tips to use:

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  1. Look for an Inspiration

Enhancing your home requires some level of creativity or inspired thinking, so try to be imaginative. Even if you already know where you’d like to start, it’d still be a good idea to check if your ideas are in fact doable or if there’s a better way to do them. We suggest that you spend some time searching through home design websites to look for an inspiration. Through this, you’ll be able to improve your existing ideas or find new ones.

  1. Remove All Clutter From Your Home

The first stage of your home improvement project is to de-clutter your space. If this step likely involves a lot of work, then it’d be best to start by cleaning one room per day. Get rid of the unnecessary things in the room to make way for the new ones. However, instead of simply throwing your old stuff away, try to make some money out of them by organizing a backyard sale – and you can even use the money from that sale for your home improvements.

  1. Perform Some Minor Home Repairs

Once your home is ready to be worked on, it’s now time to get your tool box and perform some minor repairs in your house. If you don’t know where to start doing the repairs, however, perhaps it’d be best to pay attention to stuck windows, squeaky doors and other irregularities that you might’ve forgotten. While you’re handling your tools, go through your old items to see if there’s anything that you can restore, such as old ornaments or a coffee table that just needs a layer of paint.Home-Decor-Image

  1. Apply a Layer of Paint

Applying a new layer of paint to your walls is one of the easiest and surest ways to increase your home’s aesthetic appeal. However, you need to decide whether or not you’ll do it by yourself. Naturally, your decision would depend on your budget – hiring a professional will save you some time but it’ll also cost you some bucks. If you’re going to do it yourself, then it’d be best to consult an interior designer to help you choose paint shades that will bring out the best in your home.

  1. Add Some Homey Touches

This is the most important step to enhance the beauty of your home. Remember that it’s the small things and cute details that make a home look welcoming. You can use them to highlight your interior design and create a unifying theme in all the rooms in your house. Apart from decors and trinkets, it’s also possible to add some homey touches using colour – get things like picture frames and pillows in different shades of your favourite colour, for instance.

A little spark of creativity and inspiration is all you need to get you start with your home improvement project. Yes, it’ll take some time and effort, but all your hard work will surely be repaid by what you get to enjoy in the end.

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25 Aug 2016