Buying a Home with a Minimalist Mindset

by Andrea M. Flint-Gogek 11/24/2019

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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Andrea M. Flint-Gogek

Andrea understands that buying or selling a home may be the most important – and sometimes the most stressful – decision of your life. But Andrea’s clients feel reassured that they receive the most professional, reliable and detail-oriented service, with personal caring and consideration.

A life-long resident of San Diego County, Andrea knows all the neighborhoods, though the focus of her 15+ years as a real estate agent has been East County, where she and her family – including a large extended family – all live. Andrea began her real estate career at Prudential California Realty, La Mesa office, where she received the Rookie of the Year award. After moving to Keller Williams, she received Top Producer award for several years in a row. Following two years of study and training, Andrea was awarded the California Association of Realtors’ Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation, and later the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) professional designation for specialization in the needs of senior citizen property owners. She recently obtained the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation as well.

Andrea helps take the stress out of buying and selling real estate, instead turning it into an exciting and rewarding experience. Her professionalism, knowledge of neighborhoods and infectious enthusiasm will make your transaction a rewarding and memorable experience.