The Modern Minimalist: Bedroom

2018 is here to stay, but your clutter can go! Clearing the clutter in your home absolutely helps clear your mind. Getting rid of all the things you haven't used or needed in the last six months is a great place to start. Look around your entire home. Evaluate each and every item. Books, clothing, decorative items, and furniture. When you're ready, you can begin to sell or donate items you no longer need. Then, you can replace them with pieces that will help you achieve the ultimate living space perfect for you. I have been clearing the clutter for weeks and I am still working on it! That's okay! What matters most is that I know what I need to do and I have begun. 

I want to take a minimalist approach towards my home in 2018. If you want to learn more about minimalism, you can do that here. If you are a documentary addict like me, check this out. I don't want my bed on the floor and I definitely don't want to know what life without a bedside table is like. I do, however, want my home to contain less. I want whatever is in my home to inspire creativity or peace and point back to creation. After much thought and research, I decided to put together a series, which I am calling The Modern Minimalist, to share my inspirations. Each post in the series will focus on different areas in the home. You can follow my inspiration boards for the series here. I am starting with the bedroom because it is the first and last room I see every day! I will start by setting some intentions for my bedroom. You can join me and do the same!

My Affirmation:

My bedroom is a sanctuary; A special place that inspires prayerful meditation, gratitude, creativity, sleep, and occasional reading.

Photo by Lauren Andersen.

After setting an intention for the bedroom, which is our first focus area, you need to decide what you want your home to be. You need to know what you need from your home so you can begin to create it. You can grab a pen or pencil and answer a few of these questions to help you see what your desires for your home are. As you ask yourself each of these questions, answer them with one or two words, not sentences. You are making a list, not a paragraph! Answer each question as many times as you like, as long as your answer is one or two words.

  1. What do I want to feel in my home?
  2. How do I want my home to impact me and/or my family?
  3. What matters most to me?
  4. What brings me joy? 
  5. What do I love to do?

Here is my personal list of answers in no particular order! Materials, colors, things, and ideas I hope to incorporate throughout our home include:

  • Linen
  • Wool
  • Texture
  • Wood
  • Copper
  • White
  • Pops of Color
  • Plants 
  • Flowers
  • Natural Light
  • Warm
  • Modern
  • Cozy
  • Sustainable
  • Minimal
  • Simple
  • Nature
  • Health
  • Healing
  • Peaceful
  • Mindful
  • Meditative 
  • Creative

Simplistic and unique designs paired with natural materials like wood or linen can bring a feeling of organic serenity into any home. When natural light floods into a space and begins reflecting off of objects or materials that come from nature, warmth and beauty radiate throughout the space. Copper reflecting golden hour sunlight is one of my favorite things to witness! This is why I have copper in my kitchen, which happens to have three western-facing windows. My bedroom, however, has one eastern-facing and one northern-facing window, which means it receives the most natural sunlight in the morning! These elements of your home are things to consider when deciding what to keep, what to let go, and what to bring in.

In a darker room, you might let go of anything that is dark and bring in pieces that will add light. In a lighter room, you could keep a few of those darker items you love. In the kitchen, you might want to let go of everything that does not promote cleanliness and organization. My constant goal is to keep the counters clear in my kitchen. It's not a reality YET, but it's a goal! Keep things simple and organized in the office. The cleaner and brighter the office is, the more clear-headed you will be as you work! Bedrooms for children should inspire creativity and play while also promoting peace and tranquility for quiet time and sleep. You can take a few minutes to brainstorm about each space in your home. Try to decide what you want and need from each room. Take a few notes on the same page you made your quick list on. Save this list. Add to it as needed. Keep it in sight so that you will keep it in mind! I hope each area of your home serves you well in 2018.

I like to remind myself that a perfectly styled home full of STUFF is not the goal. The goal is radiating peace and happiness that comes from WITHIN rather than from THINGS. This is the true message of minimalism: Find joy and fulfillment in the midst of what you already have rather than living and working to get more of what you think you might want or need. With that said, here are a few pieces I love. I can see each of these things adding value to any Modern Minimalist's bedroom. If you see something you like, just click the image to shop it!

Enjoy!