Minimalism and Homebuying

by The G.U. Crew 02/02/2020

Are you a minimalist? If you’ve heard this question recently, you may be wondering just what it means and how does it affect you. It is NOT a set of rules.It is NOT about how much you own.

It is NOT about how much money you earn. 
It is NOT about buying specific items or giving up certain things.
It is NOT about being frugal.
It is NOT throwing out all your belongings and sleeping in a yurt (unless that makes you happy).
It is NOT about living in a tiny house (although it can be for you).
It IS about quality over quantity; peace over disorder; satisfaction over extravagance.

Minimalism is a mindset about what we require to be happy and what only clutters up our homes and our lives. It is about getting rid of the unnecessary things that take up space, consume time, and contribute to frustration and exhaustion. You can be a true minimalist in a mansion, a townhome, an apartment, or a houseboat as long as what fills your space contributes to contentment and order rather than stress and chaos.

When it comes to buying a home, minimalists look for spaces that reflect their personality rather than the latest trend. A minimalist is a different type of homebuyer. Becoming minimalist might be right up your alley if you hate the over-stuffed closet or messy junk drawer, find yourself irritated by clutter and uncomfortable with a hodgepodge of decorative items you subconsciously think of as “dust collectors.”

While a form of minimalism is an architectural style commonly seen in Japanese design with an aesthetic toward simplicity and clean lines, most homes do not fit into this category. Does that mean you can’t have a minimalist lifestyle? Of course not. Just adopt minimalist concepts to fit into any living space.

One way to accomplish this is to reduce the amount of furniture you have in each room. Opt for the pieces that everyone uses and give away ones that only fill up space. Reduce window coverings to a minimum rather than the multi-layered blind-sheer-drape-valance style. Organize the items that you keep so that each has a home. Reduce clutter by highlighting one or two items of a collection and rotating special pieces instead of displaying them all at once.

Simplify in other ways by installing native grasses and plants, thereby reducing the need for lawn care and gardening. Add interest to your yard with hardscaping: rock gardens or paver stones in decorative patterns.

When seeking a new home visualize what makes you most happy as you walk through model homes and open houses letting your imagination discard what doesn’t fit. Help your real estate professional know about your aesthetic to have the best chance of finding your minimalist home.

About the Author
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The G.U. Crew

After passing the Real Estate exam in 2006 Greg Uihlein started Marketing and selling homes in the Washtenaw, Jackson, Ingham and Livingston counties. In 2013 he was offered a position as the Sales director for the Howard Hanna Chelsea office. That same year Geri Uihlein, Greg’s wife a former Toyota sales associate obtained her Real Estate license and joined the Howard Hanna Company in the Ann Arbor office. This created a void in their dynamics of the past as Greg and Geri worked together successfully for many years prior in marketing. After much consideration and company support, Greg stepped out of management of the Chelsea office and he and Geri began THE G.U. CREW for the Uihlein Group of Real Estate Professionals. Directly following, Keven Numinen a former educator obtained his Real Estate license and joined the team bringing his compassion for detail and organization. The next Member to join the G.U. CREW was Helen Hughes bringing a warm, subtle and embracing touch to the team as a fixture in the Chelsea market. All of these great agents comprise of a distinct, able, caring CREW of very dedicated and multi generational Real Estate professionals with the goal to help our clients with their journey of Marketing or purchasing the perfect property or home, now serving Jackson, Ingham, Washtenaw, Oakland, Wayne and Livingston counties.