Like clockwork, each month when I first crack open the pages of a fresh stack home decor mags, I'm struck with the desire to clear surfaces, keep only what I can stow away in hidden storage and, quite simply, de-clutter my life.
This SoHo loft, featured in the New York Times, is one of those envy-inducing pads.
I can't help but drool over the clear surfaces, the countertops with only a carefully placed swish-looking appliance or stylized fruit bowl, and the general feeling of airy lightness and simplicity that comes with a minimalist approach to decorating.
I also enjoy thinking about how simple it must be to maintain - a quick dusting of your clear surfaces with a microfibre cloth, a quick dance around the room with a broom, and voila, your space is spotless. Imagine the time you'd save if you just had less stuff!
Of course, the risk with a bare-bones pad, in addition to not having a melon baller in case of emergency, is that they can feel a bit cold. White walls, acrylic, glass and stainless steel are sleek and modern, but they don't exactly scream 'Welcome home.' These kinds of spaces really require a mix of textures and wood tones, along with some quirky personal accents, to warm them up. (Get more tips for a swish condo here).
But, I do believe that, regardless of your space, you can find a balance where you get the light, easy-maintenance vibe of a minimalist space while still keeping it homey and personal.
So, this weekend, I'm challenging myself to think about how I can live with less. What items are superfluous? What's useful, and what's just clutter? Should lead to some interesting sorting!
And, I'd love to hear your thoughts! What do you really need in your home? Not just to scrape by, but to feel really comfortable? And how much of the stuff you own is just a by-product of having the space to store it?