When we talk about minimalism, we often talk about things like fashion, interior design, and food. These are all great lifestyle choices that lead up to huge changes over time, but you don’t have to stop there: minimalism can work in virtually all aspects of your life, too, including home maintenance.
To be truly minimalist and sustainable, it isn’t enough to opt for natural materials and repurposed objects as part of your furniture. While it may take a lot of work, adopting a minimalist approach to home maintenance isn’t impossible, and definitely shouldn’t feel daunting. Read on for a few tips on how to get started.
Opt for sustainable cleaning supplies
It’s safe to say that we all value keeping our space clean, but just how many of us end up stockpiling cleaning supplies that gather dust in the back of the closet? It can be hard to limit yourself when it comes to cleaning products, so your best bet is to opt for fully reusable options instead. Business Insider’s list of reusable cleaning products spans everything from rubbish liners to dishwashing gloves, and these options are inexpensive to boot. Stocking up on reusable cleaning products helps you avoid the temptation of hoarding disposables. If you want to take your minimalism a step further, why not make your own cleaning solution too? There are tons of homemade cleaner recipes online, and the ingredients are all things you probably have in your pantry right now.
Invest in quality appliances
The key to minimalist home maintenance is buying essentials you’ll use over and over again, making it extremely pertinent when it comes to choosing household appliances. Major appliances such as washing machines and stoves are really important, which means you’ll have to budget accordingly. After all, Real Living points out that the golden rule of “the more expensive an item, the higher its quality” generally holds true for home appliances as well. Buying high-quality home appliances also means that it’s guaranteed to meet safe energy standards, so you don’t have to worry about overworked appliances that waste tons of energy. If you’re living with flatmates, you might want to pool your resources together to see what you can afford.
Maintaining those appliances
Of course, it makes sense to protect your investment afterwards and ensure that you’re taking care of these more expensive appliances. Take your boiler for example: Inside Housing notes that is essential to get your boiler serviced because if it is broken or has any underlying issues, it could affect your heating and hot water supply. This is precisely why HomeServe recommends comprehensive gas and boiler coverage for all homeowners. Taking out a policy means you’ll have access to helplines and professionals whenever you need, as well as yearly maintenance checks. It’s a good rule of thumb to ask them how you can maintain your appliances, and by making sure they are regularly checked, you can help decrease energy wastage in the long run too.
Always declutter small spaces
Decluttering your living space is definitely something that makes sense to do – getting into that habit of decluttering will become easier to maintain in the long run, the more you do it. Keeping small spaces such as drawers and cupboards tidy might not be as satisfying as cleaning up your living area or bedroom, but going through your stuff with your favourite tunes on can be extremely therapeutic. Yahoo! Style suggests that a good starting point is to focus on any clutter traps lying about your home. Whether it’s the chair you dump all your clothes on or a shelf you place things that ‘you’ll get around to sorting eventually,’ clearing these spaces first can give you the necessary motivational boost to push on. Before you know it, your space will be clean inside and out.
We totally believe that your space can have an impact on your overall mental health, as well as your ability to focus, feel organised and settled. These necessary home maintenance tips are also great ways to take your minimalism to the next level.