A house is not really a home until you add your own signature mark to it with household items and furniture. However, when it comes to renovating or decorating your home with fewer things is more. Not only does it ease the eye by giving a sense of space, but it can also be friendly towards your pockets. Here are five reasons why adopting the minimalist mindset can help you save more on your home.
It will help you focus on quality rather than quantity
Avoid flooding a room with unnecessary things that do not add dimension to your room. Decorating a room in a minimalist sense does not mean that you have to have a room with white walls and minimal furniture.
This will cause the room to look empty. When improving a room, you need to focus on quality items that take time to break, unlike flooding it with cheap items that you constantly have to replace.
According to ASIC, the average Australian spends $15 a week on household appliances. Choosing to invest in quality kitchen appliances, furniture and bedding items might cost you initially, but you will reap the rewards when you realise that you have extra cash to spend elsewhere.
Budget for a room
Budgeting for anything can help is a huge money saver. Before rushing out and purchasing items to fill your house you need to budget. This means creating a budget for every item you wish to buy. Comparing prices will also see you putting back some extra cash back into your pocket instead of breaking the bank. Once you have done this you could space out the time frame in which you wish to buy particular items in order to make buying quality items affordable.
Generate some money by getting rid of things
Whether you have just recently moved to your house or have been staying there for years, it is likely that you have a treasure trove of things that you no longer use. After all, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Although it might be hard to let go of the memories getting rid of the possessions you no longer use can help you earn money to use towards buying new furniture, start an emergency fund, or help pay off your deposit.
Knowing the difference between a need and a want
You might be thinking of getting a vintage jukebox to keep in the corner of a room to give your room that classic feel, but do you need it? Before purchasing anything or making changes to your home it is also good to ask yourself if its something that you need, and whether it will add value to your home.
It can minimise your debt
Adopting a minimalist mindset can not only help you declutter your home, but it will also help you declutter the way in which you handle your finances. By focusing more on the need and quality of things you will be able to cut away unnecessary expenses that dig you into debt. It will even trickle down to how you go about choosing a home loan by comparing its features in order to walk away with a quality deal.
Get content insurance
Home content insurance is there to protect all the items that you have spent time and money investing in. Unfortunately, four out of five Australians underinsure their homes by 10% against building costs. This leaves many
Australians exposed should they become a victim of a crime or damage. Home content insurance is affordable and can be something that gives you that extra peace of mind knowing that you are covered.