Could you Live with Less?

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Feb 25, 2017 4:58:50 AM

When looking at this seasons home trends it’s hard to look past the living with less movement. This new year, most of us will have vouched to detox the body. However, your home can also be an excellent source to detox the mind.

Co-existing with a cluttered environment (and that nagging feeling of needing to do something about it) can subconsciously tend to weigh us down. Yet many of us continue to live in a state of ‘stuffocated’ denial. Living with less doesn’t mean you have to embrace faceless minimalism. Here are a few ideas on how you can de-clutter, de-stress and allow yourself – and your home to comfortably breathe.


Colour is Key
Having less doesn’t mean eliminating all colour. In fact, with fewer things lying around, big bold prints and bright artwork will stand out more. Being selective with just a couple of colourful pieces to have on display will make a confident statement. Position touches of colour around open spaces for a cosy, lived in feel. When items aren’t too clumped together, each one will stand out nicely.


Create your Zen
Just as a technology-free bedroom helps encourage sleep, a bedroom free of clutter can also help you to switch off and sleep better at the end of a busy day. Living with less is as much about organising and decluttering the hidden as well as the visible. For the ultimate zen, ensure you have plenty of storage solutions where you can tuck items neatly out-of-sight, without having to cram everything in and pretend it doesn’t exist. This includes the wardrobe. A decluttered, organised wardrobe is a must. It can be liberating to your morning routine when you are able find well-spaced and uncrumpled clothes exactly when and where you need them. Try the 12-month rule: if you haven’t worn something in this time, it might just be time for it to go.


Can you Live Without it?
Resist the need to fill every corner of a space with objects and instead focus on what you love and need. Small, controlled doses can make all the difference. Living with less doesn’t mean having to say goodbye to your treasured souvenirs, family photos or heirlooms. Human beings can be sentimental souls, and if hiding these items away in a drawer isn’t an option, consider containing and displaying alike memorabilia in a well thought-out display. Alternatively, create a special keepsake box that you can easily access to enjoy a trip down memory lane.


Choose your focal points
Creating more minimalistic spaces means there will be more of a focus on the basics of a room. When investing in the big stuff, such as flooring or kitchen and bathroom hardware, consider whether you can afford to upgrade. When fittings are not only beautiful but well-designed, functional and inferior-quality it can make living with less, easier. This is because the materials will last longer and are less likely to look shabby over time, meaning they won’t unknowingly create unwanted focal points to distract the eye. The expression ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ is often accurate.

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Tips2.jpg Have a dedicated office space

Office-Home.jpgIt is very important to designate one room (or even a large closet) as your office. This space should have enough room for your desk and a cabinet, it should be quiet, comfortable, and if possible separate from the rest of the house. If you live in a small place try to dedicate a quiet area where you can have your desk. Whatever your office looks like, make sure the only thing that happens in that space is work.

♦ Treat your work day as a work day

The first few hours of the work day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity. This means getting up early, showered, and dressed like you’re going to the office. It doesn’t have to be a suit and tie or a pencil skirt – that’s one of the benefits of working from home, after all – but getting cleaned up and dressed makes it easier to stay “work-minded” all day.

Take Breaks

Take-break.jpgTaking breaks can be a great boost to your productivity. Take fifteen minutes each morning and afternoon, and be sure to take a lunch break. It helps you to be efficient and productive as well as keeping your day structure. A great Mac app called Breaktime can help you schedule your breaks.



Make your home office efficient but also pleasing

Tidy-Office.jpgYou’re going to spend a lot of time in your office, make it an enjoyable place to be. When it comes to paperwork, you want to keep your business and personal things separate. It is easy to keep your personal documents such as, birth certificates, mortgages records, bank statements, etc, in the same room as their business files. Be careful not to get the two mixed up or misplace client information. Maintain your desk free of clutter.

 Adopt a system you trust

It’s easy to get distracted at home. One way to help you understand your productivity level is to start tracking the time you spend at the task at hand. Create a work-sheet where you can enter the task, task description and time spent on that specific item. Creating a system will make your work-day more efficient and productive.