If you are looking to get rid of clutter and start over in your new home, then you should consider the minimalist lifestyle. You can implement this lifestyle in your new home in many ways, even if you don’t consider yourself a full-fledged “minimalist.” You can still simplify your living arrangements, and no, it doesn’t require living in a room with bare white walls and sleeping on an air mattress.
Minimalism is the idea of living happily with less and eliminating the unnecessary. If you believe your material items no longer bring you a sense of happiness and you’d like to make a better impact on the world and the environment by reducing your carbon footprint, it may be time to start taking steps toward minimalism.
Here are some tips to implement a minimalist lifestyle.
Build Your Home Green
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Finding an eco-friendly, green builder is an essential first step in making sure your home is built using as few materials as possible. This means using materials that are renewable, such as sustainable wood for framing, and are environmentally friendly, like using paints that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and uses locally produced materials. Additionally, find a builder that can implement smart technology in your home, which will help you save money on your energy bill. Make sure your builder has a green designation, such as the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Green Professional or the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED AP credential.
Be Smart with Smart Tech Products
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Upgrading your home with smart technology can not only save you time but is also great for the environment. A smart thermostat that shuts off the AC when you leave the house and lights that turns off when you leave a room are great energy-saving methods. You can learn more about how to build a smart home and the latest must-have smart kitchen appliances to bring this efficient tech into your home.
Paint with Bright, Sharp Colors
This isn’t exclusive to walls. A bold carpet or a big painting will do the trick. Minimalism is anything but dull and boring if you choose to make it that way.
Bringing in Natural Light
Minimalism is all about natural lighting. By building high ceilings in your new home, you can add tall windows to introduce plenty of natural light. The fewer light fixtures you have to put into your home, the better. Not only will your home feel fresher because of the natural light, but you will also save money on your energy bill.