Millennials tend to focus more on experiences than stuff as they realise that in the long run having lots of stuff doesn’t make you happy. Connection with others, giving back to society and travel makes people endlessly happy.
But when we’re not doing that the rest, comfort, focus and creativity we get from our homes and offices are vital to rejuvenate us and ensure our lives are best lived.
So I thought I would help you with your own home with my 6 tips to minimising so you can make the most of it.
- Firstly split things into categories and lay out the items you need as if you were about to go on holiday. Clothes, toiletries, tech etc.
- Select your favourite items of clothing ensuring they all work well together as outfits. Hang them up again in a dedicated space in your wardrobe, then look at the other items and see how they can work with your selection. To further reduce your wardrobe, split it into summer and winter clothes, then you can store away the set you don’t need. You’ll soon end up wearing only what you love and it will become easier to put gorgeous outfits together instantly.
- Toiletries are the bane of my life and I always seem to buy more than I need. Select your favourite brands, put the rest in a box in your bathroom and use it all up. When you do come to buy new toiletries, make sure they’re your favourites.
- Tech can be simple and only consist of a few things, depending on what you do for a living or for pleasure. I have my laptop, hard drive, large screen, phone and Digital SLR camera. Try to minimise extra wires or at least tie them up neatly.
- No paper! There really is no need to print things out anymore, plus the papers you do have can be scanned and are much safer that way. Anything legal can be filed in an organised way, just make sure you scan it too.
- In terms of rooms, the kitchen was my most difficult area to tackle. I have so many utensils and some gorgeous crockery from my grandparents that I am emotionally attached to. I think with this area just get rid of duplicates and anything you never seem to use.
The main point here is
USE what you’ve got – burn that expensive candle, mess up your pretty napkins. Or LOSE it – donate to charity, sell on eBay.
“The emotional and physical freedom that minimising gives you is honestly amazing – it opens up your life and simplifies even making your cup of tea in the morning.”
You clear space for good things, and by things I don’t mean more stuff.
Our homes can dictate how healthy we are. Tiny reminders to push the mental focus onto the positive – A smoothie maker in prime place with enticing fresh fruit in a bowl, or mental focus with an inspirational mood board or some positive quotes around the home.
If that stuff makes you cringe, photos of family and friends are just an excellent reminder of what to be grateful for.
“Staging is preparing the home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”
Barb Schwarz – president of the international association of home staging professionals
The more I speak to people about property styling (more commonly known as home staging), the more I realise just how many of us don’t know what it is or don’t know of its importance. I’m here to tell you that property styling is an incredible way to sell your home quickly, beautifully and at your sale price! (or above in some cases!) Now that is undeniably awesome, right?!
Need more convincing that property styling is right for you? Take a look at some statistics:
- Property styling deeply affects buyer’s perspective: Over 95% of buyers agents say that property styling has had at least some effect on the buyer’s view of the home.
- When buyers can visualise the product as their home, an offer is made: Over 81% of buyers find it “easier to visualise the property as their future home” when it’s styled.
- Even a flawed home has hope when styling happens: Almost a third (28%) of buyers are more willing to “overlook property faults” when the home is styled.
- 12% of real estate agents believe that styling “increases the monetary value of the home” at least 11-20% more!
National association of realtors 2015 profile of home staging report
Reasons to stage:
- Your home will make money – A survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp found that styled homes spend half the time on the market than non-styled homes and sold for more than 6% above the asking price.
- Your house will sell faster – the national association of Realtors (NAR) found that the longer the home stays on the market, the further their price drops.
- Your online photos will stand out – the same NAR survey found that 90% of potential buyers search online first.
“You will make your money back – the average styling investment is between 1-3% of the homes asking price, which generates a property styling ROI of 8-10%”
- Styled properties spend 73% less time on the market, if styled before it’s put on the market, they’ve sold 79% faster than those styled some time after being listed.
- Properties that were styled post listing on average sold in 198 days, properties styled prior to listing sold in 42 days.
- The longer your property is on the market, the longer you have the pay the mortgage and cannot move forward to your next home purchase.
Put off by the fact these stats are American? You shouldn’t be – property styling isn’t common in the UK, therefore you’ll be putting your property even further ahead of the competition on the housing market by making that extra effort with the appearance. A lot of homes are put up with messy interiors, loud colours and furnishing or are completely empty, making it almost impossible for buyers to imagine living there.
So are you thinking of selling your home or just fancy a refresh? I offer a completely free, no obligation 2 hour session where we find out more about your dreams for your home, whether it’s existing or in the future.
As part of the service I will advise you on painting and decoration work that needs to be done and refer you to our trusted decorator. The very exciting part is that I will arm you with a style guide to take with you into your new home, you are also able to buy any of the items used in your home, direct from the supplier at a discounted price.
EDIT is leading the way for property styling in the UK, starting with Brighton and Hove. Want to be part of this movement or find out more about how we can dramatically change your home for the better? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you!