Salem, MA:

This Condo in Salem, MA recently sold for $139,000.

This is a 2/3 Family style home and features 3 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 bedroom, 0.11 acres, and was sold by
Daniel Meegan – J. Barrett & Company

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Leading a minimalistic lifestyle isn’t a modern trend. Simple living dates back to various religious and spiritual traditions of the Orient. In the mid 1900s, minimalism found its way into the world of art and music, with artists creating sparse paintings and writing simple songs with few instruments.

In the United States many of us are constantly surrounded by excess. We have endless options at the grocery store, channels on television, and apps in the App Store. All of this can be overwhelming, and as a result some people are choosing to live a simpler life. Here are some ways to take that simplicity to your home.

Why make your home more minimalistic?

It’s nice to own things you like. It’s fun to shop for them, too. So why should you aim for less? There are a number of measurable benefits associated with simple living. Sometimes we get so caught up in the process of acquiring things that we forget to stop and wonder why we want those things in the first place. Here are some of the more pronounced benefits:

  • Reduce stress. Do you put in extra hours at work to support your lifestyle? Do you lack sleep, or wish you got to spend more time with your family or just relaxing alone? Minimalism can help with all of these by cutting back on unnecessary expenses.
  • Less cleaning. Owning fewer things means having fewer things to clean and clean around. All of that time cleaning adds up.
  • A more relaxing space. Cluttered rooms are not very inviting. It’s hard to feel relaxed or be productive in them.

Ways to make your home more minimal

Which parts of your home you want to be more minimal is up to you. If you want to create a minimalist haven in your home office, maybe that’s the only room you need to alter. However, there are some shared traits that minimal rooms have in common.

  • Clear surfaces. Many of us have developed a tendency to cover every surface in our home with stuff. Floors, countertops, and desks can all quickly become cluttered. Take a look around your home and ask yourself if those items are adding any value to the room.
  • Use storage smartly. One natural extension and benefit of minimalism is that you’ll need less storage because you’ll have less things. That enables you to use the storage you do have wisely. Keep things you aren’t using stored out of sight to create a more open atmosphere.
  • Get rid of extra furniture. It’s easy to find yourself with too much furniture in your living room. People have a tendency of buying new chairs or benches and putting the old ones somewhere else in their house. The same is true for pillows, tables, and so on. When you buy new furniture, sell or donate the old items to get them out of the way.
  • Simplify your wardrobe. This is the most difficult for many people. It’s hard to give away clothes because you have the nagging thought that you might want to wear them again some day. Open up your closet and think about your wardrobe. Are there items that don’t go well with your other clothes or that you hardly ever wear? Do you have multiple things you only need one or two of (bathing suits, belts, etc.)? Simplifying your wardrobe is a great exercise in simplifying the rest of your life.
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3D rendering of a modern light colored kitchenThe kitchen can be one of the most cluttered rooms in the home. Not only does it house your everyday dining and cookware but there’s also all sorts of seasonal, special occasion and specialty items that seem to take over precious cabinet space. If you’re ready to take inspiration from the minimalist movement and make your kitchen a more sane version of itself keep reading!

Begin. Start by clearing out anything you know you don’t use. If you are having a hard time ask yourself if you have used the particular item in the last three months. If it’s not a holiday related item, you can add it to your donate pile. If the idea of getting rid of half of your kitchen items is overwhelming, it’s okay to start slow and move at your own pace. In the end, this is your project so you only need to go as far as you are comfortable and make the tips below work in a way that is best for you.

One. The number the average family needs of a particular item and/or set. One measuring set, one silverware set, one bake set, one set of drinking glasses, etc. In our culture more is more. However, how often do you really need more than one of any of the above-mentioned items? Be honest here and cull your stash accordingly.

Skip specifics. Consider letting go of any food type specific appliances and gadgets. Items like garlic crushers, lemon squeezers, popcorn machines, waffle irons, or ice cream makers. The list can go on. Of course, if you really value an item and use it on a weekly basis don’t toss it in the name of minimalism. The case, more often than not, though is that these types of items are rarely if ever used.

Coffee mugs. One section of the kitchen that can grow out of control easily is coffee mugs. Between “Best Mom” mugs and vacation mementos on top of your regular set, the average household usually has more mugs than they ever use. Keep the coffee mug situation under control by keeping ones you truly enjoy using. If you have one you love but don’t enjoy drinking from it consider using it as a unique pencil cup or flower vase.

Get creative. Invest in kitchen tools that can pull their weight by becoming the ultimate multitaskers. Make your own spice combinations instead of buying premade bottles that take up more space. An immersion blender with a whisk and chopping attachment easily replaces it’s bulkier counterparts that can only single task. A couple of great knives can do more a whole set of subpar ones.

Create a less cluttered kitchen you enjoy using by taking a page from the minimalist movement’s book. By cutting down to the bare necessities and buying good quality multitasking items you’ll feel like you get more use and creativity out of your kitchen than when it was filled with gadgets. You’ll also have the added bonus of fewer dishes to clean and more time to spend with your family!

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Salem, MA:

This Condo in Salem, MA recently sold for $260,000.

This is a Garden style home and features 6 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.14 acres, and was sold by
Daniel Meegan – J. Barrett & Company

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