Minimalism and Homebuying

by Robin Tanner 12/01/2019

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
Author

Robin Tanner

Robin’s Mission Statement: I am here to help people realize their dreams!!

Robin Tanner has lived in Benicia for over 30 years, and is very grateful to wake up every morning in this beautiful little town. She is your neighborhood consultant, not a salesperson. Because of this you will get all the latest information on schools, neighborhoods and about the town in general. She was a teacher in her past life, making her an expert educator. You can be sure she will help you make the best-educated decision possible when buying or selling your home.

Her love of working with people and helping them find what they want and need, will make this a fun and exciting journey. She has a great team alongside her that can help with your FICO scores and loan approvals as well as helping cross any other bridge you may come to (Short Sales and Foreclosures). Her team helps everyone with all aspects of the buying and selling procedure, and will do what needs to get done to make this a positive experience.

Robin believes that as part of her job she must continue to grow and learn. To achieve this goal, she is always taking classes to advance her knowledge of the Real Estate industry. You will be informed of all new information pertaining to any Real Estate.

She lives passionately and adventurously and is so grateful for all the fantastic clients she has had over the years, many of whom have become great friends! When Robin isn’t working as your real estate consultant, she is enjoying the outdoors while boating, horseback riding or gardening.

Areas served: Solano County & Contra Costa County

Specialties: Residential Properties, Relocation, Luxury Market, Seniors Community,Ranch/Ranchettes, Land, Mobile Homes, Short Sales, Bank Owned, Industrial/Warehouses, Investment Properties, Residential Income

Awards/Achievements:
• Thomas R Stone Associate of the Year 2011
• R.V. 'BUD' Stone Most Inspirational Agent 2012

Education/Work Experience:
• Real Estate Certification
• Certificate for Early Childhood Education
• Certificate for Medical Insurance
• Pre-School & Elementary School teacher
• Landscape Architecture

Community Involvement:
• Soccer coach
• Little League coach
• School Volunteer


ROBIN TANNER
Title: REALTOR® (707) 333-5604
[email protected] English
www.robintanner.com
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