It’s 2018, and minimalism is something that everyone is talking about. While most are leaning towards it, there are a few people out there that aren’t too sure what minimalism is even about.
For almost everyone, the definition is slightly different.
If you go to the extreme side of things, you’ll find people sleeping on mattresses, getting rid of furniture, eating a set number of products and perhaps even trying to live with zero waste. Some also go as far as wearing neutral monochromatic clothes or living completely off the grid.
On the lighter side, minimalism is about keeping your surroundings as simple as possible. Whether that is to just organize efficiently or tightening your shopping budget a little.
But the one thing that every minimalist can agree on is that minimalism stands for reducing the chaos around you. Whatever way you choose to do that is completely up to you!
Now that we have the definition out of the way, let’s talk about one of the most popular debates; Traditional Houses vs. Tiny Houses.
Minimalism in Traditional Houses
Compared to Tiny living, this one’s much easier or at least convenient for most people. If you’re looking to just experiment around a little bit with minimalism, this is the way to get started. You don’t have to move around to a different state or go live in the wild, off the grid. You can work your way from the inside out.
Living in a traditional house or flat, you can still be a part of the mainstream culture while practicing minimalism. Opting for lighter furniture and softer colors will easily give your house a very open, minimalistic look that most people look for. If you live with kids, this may be a little harder but it’s not impossible.
Painting your walls is where you should start. Benjamin Moore Paints is one of the best in America and they have a wide variety to choose from. You can test out different finishes for the interior or exterior of your home before settling on one. Having been around since 1883, you can be sure that these guys know what they’re doing.
For home décor, if you’re on a budget, Ikea is the place to go. They have basic but classy furniture that is of high quality and almost everyone can afford it. You’ll find that a lot of pieces that Ikea carries are well-aligned with the whole minimalistic, clean feel.
Minimalism in Tiny Houses
This one’s slightly more extreme but if you’re up for the adventure, there’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, if you ask me, it’s a lot of fun and you get to explore a side of yourself you may not even know existed.
Tiny living combined with minimalism is really something. The people that have chosen to have this lifestyle usually either build their homes themselves or hire companies that specialize in such buildings. You should know, that although tiny houses sound simple, they’re not. There’s so much going on and so many different rooms that you need to fit into a small space and if you’re not someone who can do all that planning and building on your own, it’s probably the best to call in some professionals. After all, you don’t want to have spent thousands of dollars and then realize that you may not be able to complete your project.
Companies like Jamaica Cottage Shop specialize in this kind of building. You can easily consult them on what you’re looking for and come up with a design for your tiny house that fits you completely. Don’t forget efficiency and that things need to be as simple as possible.
Jamaica Cottage Shop has been around for a while as well. Founded by Domenic Mangano, this Cottage Shop has worked on several projects like this. They’ve also volunteered with the Fire Department quite a bit, so you can completely trust them with your tiny house.
When it comes to furniture for tiny homes, almost everything needs to be multipurpose. You won’t have much space to store things so avoid anything that’s bulky or will take up more space than need me.
Some say that minimalism isn’t for everyone but it’s actually just about finding the right way for yourself. Some people live a much fuller life in a tiny house than anyone could ever live in a palace while others like having that extra space and your traditional living. Minimalism can either become your way of life or it can just share a small corner, but it’s definitely worth a try!