The Minimalist’s Bedroom

As we grow older and become more aware of our impact on the earth and in society, minimalism becomes more and more tantalizing. However, when we read up on minimalism we are often overwhelmed by the sheer effort it entails to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. We are here to tell you that if you are going to opt for a minimalist lifestyle, start out slowly. Pick one room and focus on that. See how it feels and get acclimated to it before you move on to another room. Plenty of articles talk about it in a nutshell but today we want to focus on your bedroom. That place you go to rest after a long hard day. Here is our guide on how to minimize the bedroom and keep it inviting.

The Bed

Our beds can become a cluttered up area. We throw clothes on it before putting them away (and sometimes we don’t put them away immediately). We often opt for bed frames that raise the bed up off the floor and all sorts of things get pushed underneath, either on purpose or by accident. While we aren’t suggesting you get rid of your bed, we suggest looking for a platform bed that uses your space and doesn’t allow for junk to accumulate underneath. Some platform beds are higher than others, so if you are in need of being able to get out of bed with ease, shop around for the one that has the right height. Your mattress should be of high quality to get the most life out of it and the right firmness to provide you with the best sleep possible.

The Nightstands

Some minimalists choose to remove nightstands from their bedrooms because they are trying to use very little. For some, this may not be a practical solution. If you live your mornings by an alarm clock, you will either need at least one nightstand or move your alarm clock to the dresser. If you decide you must keep one nightstand, be sure that it doesn’t feature a lot of drawers. A simple tabletop is best to house the alarm clock and perhaps a lamp. If your nightstand has drawers, it invites things to fill it up.

The Dresser

Ideally, you will be minimizing your clothing. Keep only what you have to have for a week and a few extra pieces of special occasions. If you hang up everything that you can, this means you won’t need much in the way of a dresser. Ideally, a small dresser with just a couple of drawers would be efficient. If you are not in the position to replace furniture, then fill the drawers with everything you can rather than filling the closet clothing bar.  We often wish to fill the drawers up rather than see them empty.

Color Schemes and Décor

Many folks assume that a minimalist bedroom features white painted walls or maybe a black and grey theme. This is often due to the popularity of the scheme that is shared across social media networks, rather than an actual need to be barren. Keep the color you desire on your walls and if you’d like, keep the area rug in the room. Art work and décor can be kept within what you feel you need in the room. Some people choose to remove everything and others keep a piece or two in the room. As long as you are parting ways with some of the art work and décor, you are working within minimalism as you see fit.

Part of the great thing about minimizing your bedroom, or any room for that matter, is the art of decluttering. It isn’t easy to part with things we have grown attached to and yet it’s helpful when we want to pare down our lives. Remember, this isn’t a contest. What you feel is minimalist is not the same as another. What is important is simply making a change.

 

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