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Simple Minimalism Principles to Kickstart Your Best Life

Minimalism, simple living, decluttering—no matter how you describe it, the idea is decreasingly becoming a passing fad and increasingly evolving as a way of life.

While most people apply this principle to things like interior design or simply getting rid of stuff at home, minimalism can be a conscious way of living. Experts who champion this kind of lifestyle have shown that embracing minimalism allows you to make better decisions regarding finances, health, relationships, and more!

Clutter in any aspect of your life can cause anxiety and stress. It can manifest in a mess at home or even too many things on your to-do list. The idea of a more meaningful life can seem like a far-off dream, but don’t fret! Take your time and ease into your ideal state of mind with these helpful tips.

1. Visualize your desired outcome.

Your environment will play a huge role in affecting your overall state of mind. What would you want your home to look like as you undertake this journey? Make a mood board. Check out Pinterest for inspiration. Less is more when it comes to simpler living, so be choosy and think about what can really work for you and your family.

2. Let go.

Go through your belongings and start paring your stuff down. As Marie Kondo famously put it—ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” Identify what you really love and what you actually use, time and time again. Donate the rest to others who can make better use out of them.

3. Focus on light and cleanliness.

You don’t have to do a drastic overhaul to bring minimalism into your home. Some small design changes can work: bring as much natural light in and use mirrors to open up the space. Choose neutral or natural colors for paint and furniture, and use natural finishes like wood, linen, and brass. The goal is to combine design elements that work together to create a comfortable, soothing, and timeless home.

Loving couple with coffee cup looking at each other chatting in the living room

4. Be mindful of what you consume.

The next time you need to purchase something, ask yourself if you really need it. Intent is the name of the game. If it’s a necessity, could you buy a version that’s higher in quality and lasts you much longer? By keeping quality in mind, your belongings will last longer, avoiding cluttering your home with mindless purchases.

5. Prioritize.

Anthony Ongaro writes that minimalism helps you “build your decision muscle.” This journey is very personal, and it is up to you what you would like to start with— whether it’s the contents of your closet or the contents of your daily schedule. As you make these decisions over time about what your ideal life looks like, it’s easier for you to give importance to what matters more.

6. Extend minimalism to the way you live.

Sometimes it feels like we never have enough space at home or enough time in a day. The truth is, you can make the best of what you have. It’s much easier to practice this when you live in a neighborhood that supports your lifestyle by providing facilities that provide everything you need.


Mint Residences is the latest SMDC property that keeps the needs of a minimalist lifestyle in mind. Conveniently located along Chino Roces Avenue in Makati, it is a respite that provides a relaxing, nature-inspired environment for residents who live and work in the area. Since you are essentially in the heart of the city, nothing is too far away.

The Muji-inspired aesthetic of Mint Residences units will definitely appeal to urban dwellers. Apart from the classic nature-inspired design, it has also been outfitted with eco-friendly products and finishes—a big plus for the conscious consumer.

There is no need to spend on expensive memberships or fees to gyms and entertainment areas since everything you need is right on the property. Commit to your balanced lifestyle by working out at the fitness gym or lap pool. Reduce screen time and spend some time playing with your kids at the play area or the kiddie pool. Wash off the day’s stress with a meditation session at the building’s sky garden.

When you live in a place that considers all that you need, you can simplify your schedule, spend less time in traffic, and focus on the things that truly matter. *Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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