Updated: Jan 14, 2019
Today we will explore how "Less is More"through a lens of a former interior designer Shara, known as MinimalMess!
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A MINIMALIST?
I have alway appreciated clean design. However, it was when I read Marie Kondo’s “The Art of Tidying Up” that I really wanted to apply minimalism in my life. At first it was just to be organized, but then it turned into a realization of how awesome it was to have less stuff. Taking this approach in my home and with my possessions got me thinking about the benefits of minimalism & sustainability in other areas of my life. The rest is history.
HOW DID MINIMALISM AFFECT YOUR DESIGN AESTHETICS?
I always start with the approach of less is more. Every item now has a purpose and I lean toward timeless designs, simple colors, and quality materials. Everything should be easy to clean and manage, without feeling clinical and unwelcome. I want people to know that purposeful spaces can totally exist without sacrificing style. You just have to be a lot more picky about what you put in your home.
DOES LIVING IN A MINIMAL HOME AFFECT YOUR TRAVELS?
Absolutely 100%. It’s been a game changer! My husband and I have been able to travel (stress-free) to over 18 countries last year because of our decision to have a minimal living space. Every time we leave for a trip, it only takes 15 minutes to switch from us living there to renting the space. This is because we don’t have any clutter, even in our closets!
WHAT ARE THE BEST TOOLS IN YOUR HOME
THAT KEEP YOU ORGANIZED?
I don’t know if this is a tool, but making sure that every item has a place and purpose. Organization is a life-saver for me, and having a designated spot for everything makes the house extremely functional. If there is anything that sits unused, it is axed! I never have more than one shampoo bottle at a time even if something is on sale. I don’t want the clutter! See more bulk kitchen pantry ideas HERE
WHERE DO YOU FIND DECOR INSPIRATION THAT YOU THINK MOST PEOPLE AREN'T LOOKING FOR?
My phone is full of screenshots that I find all over the internet, usually on Instagram or Pinterest. I like that social media lets you into a real persons home, instead of staged ads and curated magazine spreads (although those can be inspirational too!) It allows you to see the functionality and livability in a real space. I’ve also taken at least 1,000 photos of designs that inspire me while traveling. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we see in our newsfeed that we forget how much more is out there! Some of the coolest ideas and designs we decided on were inspired from things that we saw and places we stayed while traveling.