Although it may not be common knowledge, it’s well known amongst the design community that minimalism reduces stress and increases productivity. No, it’s not just a descriptive word for design, but an entire way of thinking in and of itself, the idea behind it being that by decluttering and simplifying, we’re left with more space both physically and mentally to channel our energy into actually living.

While many of us likely remain more or less unaware until perhaps our cupboards are bursting at the seams, we accumulate a lot of stuff. Clothing, nick nacks papers (hello, bills!), mismatched Tupperware with no lids, old iPhone boxes that many of us feel compelled to keep for no apparent reason - and it’s perhaps not until we start to clean everything out that we really realise the sheer scale of random items we’ve got hanging around. So it makes sense that when we lay it out, our passive collecting of said random items is often much like the life that ensues; a bit out of control!

But don’t worry, we’re not telling you to throw out all of your worldly possessions and precious items. The idea behind minimalism is that your life can be simplified, streamlined, and more organised without sacrificing quality - aka quality over quantity, create more by using less, eliminate the unnecessary. 

While it looks different for everyone, the concept of minimalism can be applied to specific areas of our lives, the most beneficial being work, to-do lists, and goal setting. Less work, better work, and more productive work? Seems like a no-brainer.

So if you’re feeling on board and are ready to convert, check out our favourite tips to become an expert in the field and live a more simple, minimal and productive life in 2021.

If it doesn’t bring you joy…

As expert on tidiness Marie Kondo asks, “does it spark joy?” By filtering both physical and metaphorical clutter out of your space and mind, you’ll be better set up to continue to do the same with life’s demands. Goodbye, spending lots of time on unnecessary tasks and hello productivity and quality work!

Invest in pieces that last the distance…

Have you ever heard the theory that only the rich can afford cheap shoes? While the less expensive price tag of mass-produced art, furniture and homewares may lure you in, it’s worth noting the value of investing in something that will last the distance. At the end of the day, making considered purchases of key pieces that will stay in your space for a long time will prove to be a far more satisfying and cost effective decision. The added bonus? You’re training yourself to be less impulsive and more efficient in the processes.

Two birds, one stone…

If you’re trying to accumulate less, it makes sense to look out for items and products that have been specifically designed to satisfy more than one need. Consider a four-in-one grater, consolidated tech solutions, storage ottomans, reconfigurable furniture, or integrated planters. Our TOO-do day planner clock and magnetic abstract art are also excellent ways you can tick more than one box and invest in design that will stand the test of time. 

Don’t be afraid to say no...

This is both a clutter and time saver. By prioritising and saying no to purchasing needlessly, and to committing to tasks and events that won’t serve you, you’ll be well on your way to a more productive and minimalist life.

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