Grace Tindall, founder of e-commerce boutique Scandibørn on incorporating minimalism in the home
Uncluttered and streamlined homes have hugely increased in popularity following the Netflix documentary “Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. At Scandibørn, we are huge fans of that minimalist, pared-back aesthetic but while we can only dream of having a fully decluttered home by following the ‘KonMari’ method, we thought some simple steps on incorporating minimalism in the home were important to share.
We love the whole ethos that surrounds Scandinavian living and interiors. It places value on buying products that will last years and fulfil different needs as our lives change. We’d spent a long time getting our home just perfect and having children seemed to open the door into a whole range of eye sores that I didn’t want lying round our living room. Don’t get me wrong, our son Harry still has a whole hoard of plastic toys, they are just stowed away in stylish storage bags! We felt there was a gap in the market for people like us who wanted to be able to create beautiful, playful and stylish spaces that fitted with their contemporary homes.
Decluttering and clearing your space has huge health benefits. Not only do you feel calm and at peace when you have a streamlined home, the notion of ‘Tidy Home, Tidy Mind’ comes to the fore. ‘Spark Joy’ is not a new concept. Live by the William Morris quote from the 1800s which is still as relevant today: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Take small steps and be realistic with simple changes that can affect the way you live forever.
Simplicity: this is key. Keep rooms uncluttered and allow the space to breathe. The first rule of Scandinavian design is to keep the base neutral and add colour through accessories for that minimalist space that emulates a calm, peaceful environment. Most people respond well to light and airy minimalist spaces.
Storage: make sure everything has its place. Live by the mantra ‘don’t put it down, put it away’ which means spaces don’t become crowded and cluttered. Children have a tendency to collect knick knacks at an alarming rate. Find a place for everything and do regular clear outs of their toys and games when they are not around. Invest in stylish storage solutions from baskets to lockers, shelving and pretty boxes to keep clutter hidden from sight, making tidying up a breeze.
Imagine the destination: before you start buying anything for the home including the nursery, imagine where the item will go. Think about how you want it to feel and where that said item will live. Do you want the space to feel uncluttered or cosy? This gives you a great starting point for designing any kind of space.
Items that spark joy: at Scandibørn, we are in absolute agreement with the Marie Kondo sentiment that items in your home should ‘Spark Joy’ and give you that warm feeling when you pick it up. This should continue into all areas of the home including the children’s bedrooms/playrooms. Keep hold of these all of the items that ‘spark joy’ and donate or gift the rest.
Investment pieces: invest in a few high quality items around the home rather than filling the space up with multiple objects. This could be anything from multifunctional cabinets like the Cam Cam Copenhagen changing table which converts to a dresser to shelving systems. We love the Rafa Kids XL Shelf for that minimalist Scandinavian design or the iconic String shelves, all available at Scandibørn.
Decluttering is hard and comes easier to some more than others. Take some simple steps and make small changes that will change the way you live forever.
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