Homey, Cozy Minimalist Home

I love the idea of minimalism, but minimalism isn’t homey, cozy enough for me. When I picture a homey, cozy home, I see lots of things: photo frames, quotes on decor, and homey scents. Lots of light, soft pillows and throws.

I see things that show history: antique furniture and discolored cooking pans. I see lively things: an abundance of plants and pets.

3 tips to create a homey, cozy minimalist home

Is there such a thing as homey, cozy minimalism then? It turns out that there is. The following are 3 tips to create a homey, cozy minimalist home:

  1. Focus on style over quantity: For example, do you prefer an elegant style or a nature-themed style? Either you go for the gold vase or the cactus pillow. Or maybe you go for both? (This tip is from “When You’re A Cozy Minimalist :: Decorating Made Easy” by Myquillyn Smith.)
  2. Use a few large things versus a lot of small things: Display one large indoor plant or one large wall decoration like a mirror or a photo. (This tip is from “How To Have A Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style Less Stuff” by Jane.)
  3. Find the balance between coziness and functionality: Choose cozy things that you will actually use and not just have for the sake of decorating. For example, I have some yellow towels in the kitchen that make my home feel sunny warm. I use them on an almost daily basis. (For more information on functionality, you can read “How to Pull off Cozy Minimalism: A Perfect Blend of Two Opposing Styles” by Tara Mastroeni.)

more tips to create a homey, cozy minimalist vibe

Decorate with things that are meaningful to you. Be creative in the way that you organize and store things. For example, I like to use mugs as pencil holders. You can also use the following:

  • a meaningful thing such as
  • a three-in-one picture frame of your loved ones,
  • a car license plate from the state you used to live in,
  • or this month’s calendar that you actually fill in
  • a beautiful thing such as
  • an indoor plant

how to balance “homey, cozy” & “minimalism”

As I was writing this post, I realized that my home looks more on the minimalist side than the cozy side.

The walls are bare. The rooms have a bare amount of furniture.

I’m surrounded mostly by functional things: a simple white desk lamp, a full-length mirror, a dish rack.

My home could use a vase of flowers, a framed print of art, or a plush pillow to create that homey, cozy yet minimalist vibe.

However, before you add homey, cozy things into your home, you must first define home. For me, home is a comfortable place to relax and eat.

Home is a place to plan and dream. A place to welcome goodness: loved ones, soulful conversations, and meaningful change.

You don’t need a lot to make your home feel cozy, homey. There’s such a thing as creating a homey, cozy space without sacrificing your minimalist lifestyle.

You need just enough things to give your home warmth: a vanilla-scented candle, a welcome-home door mat, a bookshelf full of only your favorite books.

You need the perfect combination of style, balance, and impact that gives your home the feeling that someone was there, the feeling that someone will be home soon.

To Welcome Harmony into Your Life

You must tidy up. Declutter. I know. You probably didn’t want to hear this.

If you’re like me and tend to be on the busy side. Or on the lazy side 😆. Tidying and decluttering sometimes stays at the way bottom of the to-do list.

The Magical Effect of Tidying & Decluttering

Marie Kondo inspired me to tidy and declutter again with her popular KonMari method. I say again because like some people all over the world, after I read her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I applied her tidying tips.

I learned how to fold clothes properly. Can you believe that there is a functional way of folding every type of clothing and of storing even the most miscellaneous of things?

In one episode of the show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Marie says that she doesn’t have magic to tidy homes. Instead, she says that she has a method that helps people tidy and declutter their homes.

The KonMari method of tidying up has a magical effect on the lives of people after they apply them.

A couple from the show said that they were having less arguments over things. A mom’s to-do list was reduced because her children learned how to fold their clothes and learned how to keep their rooms organized.

Tidying and decluttering transforms a person, relationships, families, and homes for better.

Tidy Up. Declutter.

What area in your home needs tidying up? Is there an area that is in need of decluttering?

Look through your cabinets, closets, or bookshelves. In the process of cleaning up and reorganizing, keep items that bring you joy or that are of use.

Free up space by eliminating the things that you no longer use and that don’t bring you joy. Break this process into manageable steps so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.

As you continue tidying and decluttering, notice how your home begins to feels lighter, spacious, and vibrant.

Marie Kondo looks at messes with joy because she knows the magical effect of tidying and decluttering. When you tidy and declutter, you make room for harmony in your home, in your relationships, and in your life.

3 Benefits of Minimalism

Minimalism caught my attention because I found it purposeful. It helps you get rid of things that you don’t use, so that you’re surrounded by things that serve a purpose.

Growing up, I found my self in houses, trailers, and apartments with basic furnishings. The backseat of our van became our couch for some time while I was in high school. It got to the point where we moved on an almost yearly basis; our few and simple pieces of furniture reflected that instability. Year by year, I learned how to let go of more material things.

But when I stumbled upon Youheum’s Youtube channel Heal Your Living, I felt uncomfortable with extreme minimalism. As I watched Youheum’s video “26 Things I Don’t Buy or Own – Extreme Minimalist Frugal Living”, I wondered what it would take for me to let go of my precious hair dryer.

Youheum does not own physical books, reads from an ebook reader, and does not have furniture in her living space. She does have a hammock which I think is pretty cool.

Even though I am not ready to live an extreme minimalist lifestyle, I feel inspired by her. The following are three reasons for why minimalism seems to have more benefits than harm.

#1 Helps You Save Money

  • Having a minimalistic mentality prompts you to be more conscious of why you want to buy something. Do you really need that?
  • Shopping with a minimalistic mentality keeps you from spending money on things that you might only use once or things that you might never even take the price label off.
  • Whatever money you don’t spend on things you don’t necessarily need means you have more money to put towards your dreams like your dream vacation, dream car, or appliance upgrade.

#2 Helps You Focus on What Truly Matters To You

  • Having a minimalistic home also helps highlight the stuff that really matters to you.
  • Maybe a tour of your home gives people a glimpse of all of your kitchen gadgets because you love to cook or bake. Maybe you’re a painter and have a set space with all of your finished paintings, easels, and brushes.
  • There’s more space for your hobbies and interests.

#3 You help the environment

  • Considering all of the horrible images people share on social media and the news on how plastic and trash are killing animals around the world, minimalism can serve as a stepping stone to help us do our part in protecting the environment.

Although Youheum admits to be on the extreme side of minimalism, she accepts the differences between her and her sister’s minimalist lifestyles. Her sister has chosen to keep furniture as part of her lifestyle.

I’m not sure how much I’m willing to let go of in order to live a minimalist lifestyle. How much would you be willing to let go to live a minimalist lifestyle? How are you a minimalist?