Condos: The Ultimate Minimalist Home

 

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There seems to be a booming market for condos nowadays, and new condos are available for sale in Montreal, New York, Los Angeles and other major cities worldwide. If you’re a first time homeowner, a young professional looking to move into the city or a former house owner looking for smaller accommodations, condos fit the bill perfectly and can add automatic minimalism to your otherwise cluttered life. But how?

Embracing Minimalism

Minimalism can be a lot of things for a lot of people. For some, it could be living in a house with no furniture save for a futon and owning the bare minimum. For others, it could be discarding all the extra crap – the second phone, the extra clothes that don’t see the light of day, shoes, the second laptop and all the items labeled as clutter.

 

The latter is actually better: discard the rest and leave only the very best. For a life with less clutter, choosing a smaller space will pretty much guarantee you’ll only have what you really need with you, because there simply isn’t much space for anything else. The question here is, what are you going to take with you?

No Purpose, No Place

The trick to condo living is keeping your stuff to the bare minimum. Your small space will look even smaller if you cram every single space with items and knick-knacks you don’t even use. You have to be practical about decorating and arranging the interiors of your condo. Your furniture has to scale well with your new space: too big and you’ll run out of space quickly. If it doesn’t serve a purpose, it has no place.

 

  • For example, keep your new bedroom as simple as possible. Add storage options under the bed by having a bed made with pull out drawers. If custom making a bed is out of your budget and your bed is resting on a metal or wooden frame, measure the space underneath and buy some modular plastic drawers (if you don’t mind using plastic). If you’re really bent on getting rid of clutter, you won’t be needing much storage anyway.

 

  • A simple three seater couch will work wonders, especially if you have company and someone needs to crash for the night. There may not be space for extra chairs, but beanbags or ottomans will work nicely. Get the ottomans that double as storage trunks. You should also invest in magic shelves and other furniture pieces that serve more than one purpose.

 

  • If you’re moving to a studio, all you really need is one TV and whatever constitutes your entertainment pleasure. But if you really want to embrace minimalism and you don’t have any kids, a laptop will do just fine. The TV is overrated anyway. There are much better things to do than stare at a box all day.

How to decide

If you can get a copy of the floor plan for your condo or if you can make one, plan your space ahead of time. Measure all your furniture and appliances so you’ll know what you can use and what stays behind. For the smaller items, get two boxes. Mark one with a “check” and the other with an “X”.

 

Hold an item in your hand and ask yourself how many times you used it in the past two weeks. If you didn’t even look at it, put it in the box with an X. If you hold an item that you always use, put it in the box with the check mark. Do this until you cover everything. The box that has all your most used stuff goes with you. The rest you can donate or throw away.

 

Moving to a condo will force you to reexamine what you currently own and be really picky on what gets to make the trip to the new address and what goes into storage, Goodwill or the dump. For condos, space is a luxury you don’t have.

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