There’s no question whether or not minimalist design is visually appealing. So why is it that so many of us feel as though we aren’t capable of achieving it? Perhaps we see it as impossible for our circumstances. Maybe our home isn’t big enough or we own too many “sentimental” knickknacks. However, minimalist design is far more than empty tabletops and lightly decorated shelves. In actuality it’s an assessment of our wants and needs in order to make smart and sustainable purchase decisions.

Learn how to utilize a minimalist design mindset below!

Stick to Your Shopping List

  • If you didn’t need it on the way into the store, you don’t need it on the way out. If you come across something that grabs your eye, make note of it and follow the remaining tips below!

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Assess Your Intentions

  • Ask yourself a series of questions before making a purchase. Some examples of questions include:
    • Do I want or need this item?
    • How long will this item likely last?
    • Where will I keep this item?
    • How often will I use this item?
    • Do I already own an item that I can repurpose to replace this item?

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One In, One Out Rule

  • Are you willing to give something away for the item that you’re wanting to purchase? The “One In, One Out Rule” allows you to assess what you already own and brainstorm creative alternatives before making a purchase.

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If you still want to make a purchase after following the steps listed above, make the purchase! Minimalist design is not intended to be restrictive, rather it’s a tool we can use to assess our wants and needs. Utilizing a minimalist design mindset will not only save you from buyer’s remorse but it will help you make smart and sustainable purchase decisions.

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