Another important aspect of minimalism is found in the absence of decorations and ornamental pieces. Instead of piling up colorful details and collections of paintings, opt for only a few accessories like photos and mementoes that are especially close to your heart. Eliminate clutter to achieve free energy flow by letting go of possessions that have little functional value and are displayed merely for the sake of visual interest; they can block energy and make the room feel stifling and not conducive to relaxation. For storing items you don’t use regularly but loathe to dispose of completely, sturdy boxes will do the trick. When stored properly, they can last many months/year in the attic, basement, or garden shed.
Zen and minimalism are, to a large extent concerned with natural materials, tones, and elements. For a Zen ambiance in your home, use only the essential furnishings made from wood, stone, and glass in the tones that match the wall paint and flooring for a visual continuum. When shopping for throws and rugs, go with wool or pure cotton—although these require more careful maintenance, they will add the note of comfort to your minimalist living area. The same goes for drapes, quilts, and other fabrics around your home—for a true sense of Zen, artificial materials just won’t do. To round off the element of nature in your haven, swap electronic gadgets for potted plants, beeswax candles, and essential oils to create a space conducive to meditation, relaxation, and balance. Preserving your peace of mind in the stressful modern era is possible—after all, everything begins and ends in your safety bubble, and if that aspect of your life inspires tranquility, joy and security, then you’re already halfway through to your inner Zen temple.