A couple of caveats before I get started on my minimalist home tour.
Firstly, I am a normal mum with three normal kids. I did put away the toys that were on the floor before I took photos – my house isn’t permanently immaculate! But these photos aren’t staged. This is pretty much how it looks every time I put the toys away.
Secondly, I live in a normal house. I have a dodgy yellow kitchen, biro scribbled on the walls and sofas, and lot of mismatched furniture. If you’re looking for stunning lines and show home decor, you might want to try somewhere else 😉
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at our 840sq/ft home.
Minimalist Home Tour – Downstairs
We have three rooms downstairs: a kitchen, a small conservatory and a lounge diner.
There are no hallways and the front door comes straight in where the photo below is taken from. This is where we spend most of our time in the house:
Here’s how it looks from the other side of this room.
The chest next to the piano belonged to my mother, who passed away recently. It has some of her things still inside, but I will sell this when I have emptied it as it takes up more room than we have and there is nowhere else in the house it can really go.
Next we have our conservatory, which is really tiny. It’s about 2m x 3m, so I had to take two photos to show you the whole room.
It gets very cold out here in the winter, hence the oil radiator that has just come out of the garage. The pumpkins we recently picked from a local farm, ready for carving.
Finally we have the kitchen.
This is the only room in the house that I haven’t done anything with yet. The kitchen has been completely refitted! I will update pics soon.
I have painted every other room plain white over the years, but the kitchen requires a whole lot of other work.
Both the fridge and freezer are on the counter top, which I don’t like, and the bins are in the way of the back door, which I don’t use (we go through the conservatory to get into our tiny garden).
I would like to completely renovate this room, but it’s a big job and costly too. It’s something I am thinking of doing, but I haven’t quite committed to it yet as I’d have to do a fair bit of it myself. Watch this space though.
Minimalist Home Tour – Upstairs
I love my bedroom!
It only has wardrobes and a chest of drawers in it and nothing else. I used to have a bedside cabinet, but I put that inside one of the wardrobes when I had my daughter’s cot next to the bed. When she (finally) moved into her own room, I had gotten used to not having it, so I never put it back.
I love how clean and empty it feels. It’s easy to unwind and relax and there are no distractions. When I go to bed, I might read for a while, but I generally go straight to sleep.
The kids rooms are fairly typical. My children have posters on the wall, and a fairly good selection of toys. I talk about the importance of people over things to them, and how stuff doesn’t necessarily bring happiness, but at the end of the day, minimalism is my thing, not theirs.
They will grow up and make their own choices. I hope that I can instil the value of a life with less stuff in them by being a good role model.
Here’s the room my two youngest share:
They both love stickers. I told them they were allowed to put them on their own furniture, which stops them from sticking them all over the rest of the house 😉
Next is my eldest son’s bedroom. The pictures of WW2 planes on the walls came from my Mum’s flat after she died. My son knows almost everything there is to know about WW2 and he was desperate to keep them, so I hung them on the wall for him.
There is also a wardrobe off to the right of the first picture that you can’t see:
That just leaves the hallway upstairs (all the books belong to the children), and the bathroom:
And that’s pretty much it.
Thanks for coming along with me on a quick minimalist home tour of my house. Was it what you were expecting? Did you think I would have less, or more?
Have you seen the photos of how our house used to be?
Let me know what you think!