“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness.”
12 July marks National Simplicity Day, and what better way to strip back to basics than by simplifying your mental and physical space?
The no-frills holiday was conceived in honour of Henry David Thoreau, who was born on 12 July, 1817, and is celebrated annually. Thoreau was an author, environmentalist, abolitionist, yogi, historian, and poet, but was primarily acknowledged for his transcendent philosophy, love of nature, and simple approach to living.
Bringing Thoreau’s iconic nineteenth-century philosophy into the contemporary world of interior design, we have rounded up our top 7 ways to help declutter your thoughts and simplify your space this summer.
Bring Nature Indoors
For Thoreau, one of the main principles of living simply was to escape from the distractions of everyday life by spending time in nature. But when living in the middle of nature isn't an option, there are ways to bring it into your home. Take inspiration from the great outdoors and adorn your humble abode with ultra stylish planters from Umbra for a simple yet stunning visual expression.
Chic and contemporary, the geometric Umbra Trigg Wall Vessel is perfect for creating an indoor oasis. Ideal for showcasing fresh foliage around the home, this natural centrepiece looks beautiful alongside the Umbra Trigg Table Top Planter Set of 2.
Spring-cleaning is a popular practice for de-cluttering, but you need not wait until the springtime to simplify your space. Whether you live in a modest apartment or a lavish mansion, National Simplicity Day is an ideal opportunity to determine which objects in your home are really important to you vs. what’s just taking up space.
De-clutter your home and organise your belongings in style with these vibrant rainbow-coloured crates from Hay. The small crates are perfect for small trinkets and storage in compact spaces such as bathrooms whilst the larger crates are ideal for storing more cumbersome items.
Keep a Journal
Just like our surroundings, our mind can also get cluttered and inhibit our ability to enjoy a simpler life. Luckily, Brooklyn-based product designer Ryder Carroll has a handy solution to the problem: keeping a journal.
“We have to externalise our thoughts to de-clutter our mind. Holding thoughts in your mind is like trying to grasp water — it’s nearly impossible. But by writing down our thoughts, we can capture them clearly so we can work with them later.” - Ryder Carroll
Map your goals, aspirations, and keep ahead of schedule with the help of our 17-month planner from Ban.do. With laminated colour-coded month tabs, weekly to-dos, and relaxing colouring pages, this diary will make sure you’re always where you need to be. Why not team with these neon glow Yes Studio highlighters?
Ditch the Floordrobe
An advocate for living a simpler life, Thoreau embodied the art of embracing simplicity for a happier, more wholesome existence. Doing the washing might be seen as a menial task, but not keeping on top of dirty laundry can often make things more overwhelming in the long run. Messy house equals messy mind, and if your space is overrun with cluttered clothes, laundry chores will become increasingly difficult and take up more of your time and energy (and nobody wants that).
Ditch the floordrobe and do the laundry in style with this versatile Chambray Basket from Ferm Living. Made from 100% organic cotton with an effortlessly natural look and soft touch feel, the strong long webbing strap makes it easy to transport around the house or hang from a hook.
Invest in Wall Storage
We all know the feeling of losing our keys. Despite being one of the most used items in our daily lives, keys are often demoted to the bottom of our bag or haphazardly chucked onto the nearest surface we can find, only for us to later wonder where we left them. Fortunately there's a quick fix to help keep all of your belongings in one unmissable place: wall storage.
Clutter collections and junk drawers will be a thing of the past with the Umbra Estique Multi-Use Organiser, ideal for storing everything from keys and paperwork to coats and bags. This sleek multi-purpose storage solution features a perforated storage box attached to a coat rack with six hooks and is perfect for use in hallways, alongside these playful Umbra Handy Hooks for children's bedrooms.
Adopt the Scandi String Trend
Nothing gives a light and airy expression to the modern home like the beautiful String Shelving collection. Loved by designers and architects around the world for its simplicity and practicality, the functional, minimal and sophisticated composition of the shelving system enables multiple uses for different rooms in the home.
What makes String Shelving truly unique is that it can be added to over time, ensuring it stays relevant with the capacity to evolve for years to come. Whether it's a bathroom cabinet or a bedroom shelving system, or simply storing trinkets in the String Orgmix Grid and Pockets, the versatility of String Shelving means it has never been easier to simplify your space.
Discover String Shelfies on Pinterest.
Keep a Photo Album
Embracing simplicity and decluttering doesn’t have to mean throwing away everything nearest and dearest to you. Cherish your favourite memories while staying organised with the Life in Pictures Photo Album.
Rather than having photos scattered around the place, whether digitally or physically, have peace of mind knowing that all of your best-loved memories are safely stored in one place.
In the wise words of Thoreau, "Simplify, Simplify."