Minimalism Living Ideas: One Item – Multiple Functions

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Despite the desire to live with less, it remains a fact that we all need material possessions for practical matters. These include things like kitchen tools, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, media players, and more.

Even the most basic daily resources can take up room in your home. So, what do we do about it?

It is actually pretty simple to be honest. There are ways you can save space and money with multipurpose items.

Let’s take a look at some ideas for things you can use to accomplish your life tasks that have multiple functions and can help you to minimize.

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Minimalism Kitchen Supplies

Minimalism Living Ideas_ One Item – Multiple Functions
  • Bowls instead of plates.

If you’re really invested in maximizing your cabinet space, you’ll want to find a set of wide, shallow bowls that suit your needs and preferences.

These bowls can serve a variety of purposes and accommodate different types of foods, from soup to steak.

Choosing wisely can eliminate the need for storing a variety of plates, bowls, and dishes of all different sizes and shapes.

  • Sponges and microfiber cloths are a great substitute for paper towels.

A sponge is a great way to save on buying endless paper towels for cleaning.

You can reuse sponges safely and hygienically by simply microwaving them for a few seconds.

In addition, there are new microfiber cleaning cloths on the market that can be thrown in the washing machine after each use and will last for quite a while.

They’ll tackle nearly any type of cleaning task.

  • Heat-Resistant Containers

Heat-resistant containers such as Pyrex can help you to pare down a bunch of unnecessary cookware.

These sets often come with lids and can nest within each other. This saves space and allows for more versatility.

You can cook in them, refrigerate them, and use them to pack in lunchboxes.

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Minimalist Living

  • Bunk Beds with futons or desks

Recently we decided to downsize my sons full size bed to a twin. Mostly so he would have more room in his tiny bedroom.

However, we faced with a dilemma. My step daughter comes over on the weekends and has no where to sleep besides the couch.

We wanted to change this sleeping arrangement so we decided that a bunk bed with a futon would allow us to save room but would also serve as a multi function item!

  • Large-Screen Smartphone

Smartphones have become a way of life for many of us. That’s because they’re so versatile and provide us with nearly everything we need right at our fingertips.

The phones with larger screens can go a step further toward improving your life because they might just allow you to downsize some of your other electronic gadgets.

Depending upon your lifestyle, you may be able to get rid of your e-reader and laptop, for example.

In a previous post I talked about how I got rid of my iPad.

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Minimalism Bathroom and Home

  • Two-in-One Personal Care and Household items

Seasoned minimalists have found a number of tried and true products to meet multiple personal care and hygiene needs.

For example, baby shampoo is gentle enough to be used to wash your hair and your face, along with removing makeup and bathing pets.

There are several household uses for it as well, including cleaning makeup brushes, polishing leather shoes, and cleaning surfaces like faucets and stoves.

Dr. Bronner’s is a similarly loved product for its multiple uses.

These are just some of the countless ways you can multitask with household and personal care items.

Find methods that suit your lifestyle and be careful of falling into the trap of using things that don’t serve you well.

What works for someone else may not simplify your life. Through trial and error, you’ll soon be saving space, time, and money.

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