Even if in practice the ideas of minimalism are realized, get rid of dust and close all the books and trinkets behind the cabinet doors, in most cases a person will not be able to live long in such a “ascetic” space. In our reality, you can very much want minimalism and strive for it, but you need to be aware of how long you will have such a clean line?
Can you really not just live, but also maintain this way of life and order? And only when you can answer “yes” to yourself with one hundred percent accuracy and confidence – then ask for minimalism, closed surfaces, concrete and medical steel. In the meantime, Oksana Panteleeva, a decorator and author of the popular blog “On the Wave of Decor”, gives some simple advice on how to be not a minimalist.
Tip 1: vacuum the walls
The dust settles even on the walls, and they also need to be vacuumed from time to time. And wallpaper, especially structural wallpaper with various lurexes, collects dust much more than polyester curtains.
Tip 2: make some of the shelves in the kitchen open
Dust in closed cabinets is collected in the same way as in open ones. Verified, and nothing can be done about it. Open shelves in the kitchen are only suitable for those items that you use daily. Neither cups nor glasses have time to get dirty, because I wash them almost every day. They are stored upside down so that nothing gets inside them. Large salad bowls and pots with a flower do not interfere much: if you need to wipe the shelf once a week, then it is easy to remove them.
Tip 3: but don’t do it in a small kitchen
Open shelves can become a taboo in very small spaces. If your kitchen is 2.5×2.5 meters, then probably the best solution would be a closed storage system from floor to ceiling.
Tip 4: clean open bookshelves once a month
I use the home library cabinet all the time, so I didn’t need the doors from the start. Plus, do not forget that a decent library with a storage system, convenient shelves and good doors costs significant money. Therefore, if there is no point in spending them, then the question of doors on cabinets disappears by itself. At the same time, it is enough for me to clean the shelves once a month with a regular vacuum cleaner.
Tip 5: hide unnecessary decor items
Any decor item can be called a whim. You can definitely live without it. There is such a thing as a necessary and sufficient minimum. So, everyone has their own minimum. If I collect white porcelain and each “head” I have is associated with a certain life adventure, then I will not hide it in a distant closet to sometimes get it out and admire it. I want to see her every day.
But in the boxes on the mezzanines there are still a hundred more different decor, which I periodically take out, and my mini-exposition changes depending on the mood, the season, my desire to add something new to the interior. Therefore, I advise you to clean up and sometimes change your vases, just so that there is a feeling of something new and interesting in the dream house.
Tip 6: take care of your paintings
Do you think paintings are not dust collectors? What more! But unlike vases and other decor, they cannot be taken to the bathroom and washed. Therefore, a good fluffy dust collector and a soft microfiber cloth come to the rescue here. Once a month, I very carefully clean all my photographs and paintings from dust. This takes about 30 minutes.
Tip 7: replace rugs with rugs
All carpets can be easily replaced with Leroy Merlin tracks, which are very easy to clean. It is enough to shake them out on the street. A large carpet still lies with us in winter, but for the period from spring to autumn we put it in the pantry.
Tip 8: take care of your pets on time
If you want to live clean, don’t forget to fight dirt and hair. For large dogs walking on the street, even at the stage of repair, you can provide a shower for washing their paws. This will get rid of excess dirt in the house. As for the wool, it is enough to comb the dog or cat every day during the molting period, and after the procedure, carry it over the wool with a damp hand or a special rubber glove.
Tip 9: clean once a month, but clean every day
We do general cleaning with a call to all the most hidden places of the apartment once or twice a year – usually in spring and autumn. But I have to clean up about once a month. It takes about 4-5 hours for an apartment in
But I have almost daily procedures that relate to tidying up the house and greatly reduce the time spent in the end for general cleaning. For example, in five minutes I can wash the sink, in 15 minutes I can clean the plumbing, in the morning after exercise I can wash the floors.
But if you do nothing for a week, two or a month, then general cleaning can take almost the entire day. And I understand perfectly well that in this case you will not be able to talk about any vases, open shelves and other joys without shuddering. So maybe it’s better to clean every day for five minutes than once, but 24 hours?