If you’ve ever spent a or two night in a hotel and thought to yourself ‘well, this is all I really need’, you’ll understand what I mean when I say I want to achieve The Hotel Experience in my own home.
Hotel rooms contain all the essentials – but none of the faff.
There’s everything you need to live comfortably – bed, television, desk, wardrobe, tea-making facilities.
That’s everything I need anyway!
Which is why I believe that hotel rooms should be the inspiration for our minimalist homes.
When I’m staying in a hotel room, I usually feel relaxed. It’s not just because I’m on holiday – because sometimes I’m travelling for work or just having a night away because the journey home is too far. It’s more than that.
It’s a sense of peace.
And of having enough.
I’ve got all the things with me that I deemed important for the trip. And, when I unpack these items, they never fill the storage spaces available.
I like that feeling of abundant space.
When I sit in a hotel room, the conversation with my husband always goes like this:
“We don’t really need anything more than this, do we?”
“We could quite happily live in this space.”
“It’s got everything we need, so why have more?”
We get settled into a smaller space than we’re used to and it feels like home. I feel like we could live in a tiny studio apartment forever.
And then we go home. And nothing changes.
Of course, I love my home. I’m grateful for every room. It’s our dream location. And I wouldn’t ever want to leave it.
In fact, I don’t really like going away – so I’m certainly not enjoying the hotel experience because I’m a fan of holidays or travel. I’d always rather be at home than away.
But just knowing that I could live in a smaller space, with a lot less stuff, is reassuring.
THAT’S why I love The Hotel Experience so much.
HOW TO ACHIEVE THE HOTEL EXPERIENCE AT HOME
- Have a thorough declutter so that you have as little belongings as possible in your bedroom. Remove items from surfaces and store them away – or get rid of them for good.
- Clear out those bedside tables – mine is packed to the brim with books, pens, hand creams and notebooks. It’s better to keep only the essentials to hand rather than use the bedside drawers as storage.
- Minimise your clothing collection so that there’s actually some space inside your wardrobe. It’s lovely when there’s air around the things you’re hanging up – it prevents items getting creased and provides that feeling of having more than enough storage.
- If you don’t have a wardrobe or drawers or bedside tables, perhaps adding some more useful storage to the space will make the room feel more hotel-esque. There’s always ample storage in hotel rooms.