Well, a few years ago who thought I’d be posting something like this on my blog – minimalism?! Mind that pig sailing through the air! But yes, the girl whose family worried the ceiling couldn’t take the weight of the sheer amounts of
crap belongings in her teen bedroom has finally slimmed down her life and embraced the world of minimalism.
In my latest YouTube video, I gave you a tour of my brand new minimalist bathroom. I was so proud of the video, as it’s not one I ever thought I’d be able to make – now that we’ve finally bought our own place (and settled on the idea of making our home as clutter-free as possible) it all seems more do-able. I wanted to give you some top tips on how to create a minimalist bathroom space from my own experience!
Storage Is Your Best Friend
One of the best purchases we’ve made for our apartment is the bathroom cabinet we picked up from Ikea. It’s the Godmorgon white high gloss version, and I love it for so many reasons. First and foremost, it blends perfectly into the bathroom and it’s almost easy to forget it’s there on the wall. It conceals its contents which obviously helps the room to look as crisp and clear as possible. I also love that, despite its size, it’s not designed to hold mountains of products, which forces us to be somewhat selective about the items we own and store. Gone are the days of having literally 50 nail polishes cluttering up the bathroom – in the cabinet, we keep our essential hygiene products, skincare staples and some of my daily make-up picks. It’s a godsend!
Stick To One Theme
Whether you’re going for an all-white-everything vibe like us or something a little more traditional (I’m still a fan of the nautical side of things, as long as it’s more of a colour scheme than an excuse to raid Home Sense for every knick-knack in sight – but that’s just me) sticking to one theme helps things to look more streamlined. We were very lucky that the developers of our apartment building decided to go for the white tiled look, as it’s something we both love. I have added splashes of light pink and marble along the way too (more on that in a moment) but it all blends together well. This was key for me and I love the finished effect.
Pick Your Decoration Carefully
I knew I wanted those aforementioned hints of colour and marble, so I started thinking about how I could include these in a practical sense. In the end, I decided to use some of my favourite perfumes as useful display pieces on a gorgeous marble tray I found in John Lewis. They’re items I use but also happen to look gorgeous, so win win! Similarly, I found a beautiful make-up bag in Victoria’s Secret that I knew would look lovely in the room, so I use it to store my most essential daily make-up items. It’s one of the only things I have out on display but the colours work so well I’m more than happy for it to be there. I’m not saying I’ll never get a candle or little plant for the room, but for now I’m loving the combos I’ve settled on.
Review As You Go
As a more general minimalism tip, which I definitely applied to the bathroom, I’d highly recommend reviewing the items you have in any one room regularly. It is SO easy to gradually add more and more to a room, and before you realise it your once-minimally adorned room is looking pretty messy. I am going to be going through the apartment every month and donating anything we no longer need or adore to charity. Don’t get me wrong – there are definitely items in our home that we do simply love and want to have around (in the bathroom, the example would be my jar of bath bombs and bubble bars) but if you’re not selective, you can end up hoarding – especially if you’re prone to it like I am!
Those are just some of my tips – I am still learning about minimalism as I go, and getting to grips with some of the deeper thoughts behind it. It’s not just about having a nice clear living space, but learning to put less emphasis on material items and enjoying the tranquility a clutter-free environment can provide.
Let me know what you think about my tips below!