Getting The Most Out of Your Rental by Embracing Minimalism

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Whether you work from home or in a hybrid model, the space you live in has a tremendous impact on your quality of life. And while you might have traded space for a better location that fits your budget, it doesn’t mean you’re bound to feel unhappy living in your rental apartment.

As minimalism continues to get attention from people of all ages and backgrounds, let’s see how much this lifestyle benefits apartment dwellers these days.

What is minimalism?

The concept of minimalism has been around for decades now. It revolves around the idea that, by letting go of everything that doesn’t serve you or brings you joy, you have more time and resources to focus on what is truly important to you. Some people practice minimalism by keeping their possessions within a couple hundred items,  while most minimalists decorate their home using neutral color patterns. It’s really a matter of choice — but within the limits of minimalism. In other words, whether you like a colorful home or you’re not willing to give up on too much stuff, that’s completely up to you. Minimalism  should be adjusted to your lifestyle and preferences, not the other way around.

How does minimalism make a renter’s life easier?

By adopting minimalistic approaches while renting you will:

  • Make extra cash from frequently selling old, unused or duplicate items. Set aside periodically those items that no longer serve you or bring you happiness so you can sell them while their value is still close to how much you paid for them. This is so much easier than going through those things long after they’ve lost their value.
  • Reduce impulse buying. Minimalists are big on being intentional. Taking the time to understand if you need  something before committing to the purchase will leave you with more money in your pocket for rent, bills or other expenses. It can be as simple as leaving that pair of shoes that got your attention on your wish list for a bit. More often than not, you will change your mind about it after a few days. But, if you’re just as eager to buy the shoes a while later, then you’re looking at something that really is worth your money.
  • Move homes faster, easier, and cheaper. Keeping as many items as you use in your daily activities saves you time while packing and unpacking. Plus, you don’t need to spend extra money on transportation only to bring with you a lot of stuff you will never even use.
  •  No need to pay for extra storage. It’s far less likely for you to not be able to fit all your belongings in your rental and need extra space if everything you own has a purpose. So, you can save the money you would have spent on renting a storage unit.
  •  Make your place feel more spacious. Keeping the visible surfaces free of clutter makes the home feel neat and more spacious. Also, given that minimalism saves you a lot of unnecessary spending, you will build up the funds to invest in high-quality, multi-purpose items that will save you even more space.
  • Always be guest-ready. Having fewer things in your home means there’s less stuff to clean and rearrange. To that point, it will only take you a few minutes to get everything in your apartment in place when unexpected guests happen to show up.
  • Find things easier. While in a rush, the last thing you need is to have to remember where you left your car keys or phone charger you need at that very moment. Minimalists tend to be very keen on “giving every object a home”. This means that each item has its assigned place — so once you start making the effort to put things back as soon as you’re done using them, you’ll never have to scout your apartment out again.
  • Avoid unnecessary stress caused by clutter. Just think of how busy our lives are these days! The last thing most of us need is living in apartments where there’s a lot of visual noise from all the clutter. Owning less means your place is more open and free of distractions, which will most likely help you feel more relaxed at home.

If this approach caught your interest but you’re still not sure where to begin, most minimalists suggest focusing on one room at a time and progressing slowly. You wouldn’t want to throw away something important by accident just to finish sooner!

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Andreea is an marketing writer intern for RentCafe working within a team that inspires her to improve every day. She enjoys opportunities in which she gets to use her creativity and is very excited to learn as much as possible about this industry.

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