16 APR - 2023
Mindful Mess is the new wellness trend that's taking the design world by storm.
Chatties, pay attention. I've got some hot info to spill about the latest wellness craze. And this isn't your typical "drink more water" or "get eight hours of sleep" nonsense. No, this one is all about accepting the clutter, chaos, and fucking mess that is our lives. Welcome to the world of mindful mess, where maximalism reigns supreme and where Marie Kondo shakes in her perfectly folded boots.
Do you ever get that feeling of overwhelming joy when walking into your room that is stuffed full of all your favourite shit. The clothes piled high on your bed, the stacks of books on your nightstand, and the plants taking up every inch of space. Some of you wouldn't have it any other way. It's like your own personal oasis of stuff.
Despite this, society has long taught us that less is more. Minimalism was the pinnacle of interior design. You needed a perfectly curated space with nothing out of place. God forbid you had more than one pillow on your bed or a knick-knack collection on your dresser. It was all about cleanliness, simplicity, and an almost robotic sense of order. But here's the thing: that nonsense is tedious. Who wants to live in a soulless, sterile environment where everything looks like it came from a catalogue? We are not robots but rather human beings. Our passions, hobbies, and interests should be reflected in the spaces we inhabit.
Here Comes Maximalism
It's a celebration of texture, colour, and personality. It's all about surrounding ourselves with the things we enjoy, even if it means our rooms look like a tornado has ravaged them. And guess what? That's fine. In fact, it's fucking fantastic.
This is where mindful mess comes in. It's not just about hoarding crap for the sake of hoarding crap. It's about being deliberate about what we bring into our lives. It's about creating a space that makes us happy, even if it doesn't conform to what's considered "modern" or "stylish."
Of course, some people take things too far. Whilst their rooms resemble an episode of ‘Hoarders,’ and you're pretty sure a family of rats lives in the corner. That is not our intention here. Finding the sweet spot between chaos and order is the goal of mindful mess. It is about creating a functional space that also reflects who we are as individuals.
And let's be honest. It is not only about physical space. It's also about our mental space. We live in a world where we are constantly encouraged to do more, be more, and achieve more. Trying to keep up with everything can be exhausting. Mindful messing is a way to say "fuck that" and embrace life's messiness. It serves as a reminder that we don't always have to have everything figured out.
So how do we embrace this trend without going overboard? Here are a few tips:
1. Start small. Don't go on a shopping spree and buy a bunch of things just for the sake of it. Take a look at what you already have and see if there are ways to repurpose or reimagine those items.
2. Focus on what makes you happy. You may love collecting vintage records or painting portraits of your dog. Whatever it is, make sure your space reflects those passions.
3. Embrace imperfection. It's okay if your bed isn't perfectly made or there are a few dishes in the sink. Life is messy, and that's what makes it yours.
4. Layer, layer, layer. Maximalism is all about layers. Mix and match patterns, textures, and colours to create a space that feels dynamic and alive. Don't be afraid to mix high and low - a flea market find can look just as amazing next to a designer piece.
But beyond that, the sky's the limit. Embrace your inner maximalist and let your creativity run wild. Mix and match patterns, colours, and textures to your heart's content. Create a space that feels uniquely you, and don't worry about whether or not it fits into anyone else's idea of what a home "should" look like.
It's all about embracing a messier lifestyle and letting go of the pressure to have a perfectly curated home. By embracing the chaos, we give ourselves permission to be imperfect and to let go of a lot of stress and anxiety. Whether you're a seasoned hoarder or just looking to shake things up, there's never been a better time to let your freak flag fly. So go forth and make some noise, my fellow mess-makers. Your space will thank you for it.