When the idea of a Minimalist home first crossed my radar, a common thread among this subculture peaked my interest. One I never would have expected. Certainly not all, but a large majority of these people living with less loved indoor plants.
Call me crazy, but at first I thought, “Seriously? Why??” I couldn’t wrap my brain around the need or want for indoor plants because they seemed like just extra clutter, and more responsibility to me (and who wants that with two toddlers already ruling the roost?). But the more I saw posts and the more I read about these individual’s love for houseplants the more I needed answers.
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25 Best Indoor Plants for Minimalist Homes
As it turns out, there are a few really great reasons for culturing a love of indoor plants within yourself. Here are the three big reasons to love houseplants:
The biggest reason to love plants in your home I didn’t realize until I completed several purges on our home. Once my home reached a level of manageable chaos where clutter wasn’t littering every flat surface I noticed it was missing something. My home looked neat, clean, and a little bit too sterile.
Call me slow, but I suddenly realized there was no life in here… well, besides us humans of course, and to be honest I felt a little left out of the Minimalist houseplant club. lol The last thing I wanted was something that needed intensive care from me so I started small with a teeny, tiny Aloe Vera plant that my Mom potted for me from her mother plant.
That lasted a good while before I did something that basically killed the thing. It turned a funny color and quit growing. Hubby sure liked to water it so I’m going to give him all the blame. Sorry, honey. Love youuu! 😉 After that plant went to compost I decided on a Golden Pothos because our home so quaintly came equipped with ceiling hooks for hanging plants when we moved in a few years ago. Her name is Frida and she’s doing swimmingly. I wouldn’t call myself a plant person, but looking at her hanging in my kitchen every day does bring me immense joy. Maybe because I’m proud I haven’t killed her, maybe because I do like plants after all.
This is not true for every plant under the sun, but many indoor plants can be grown and eaten. I’m thinking basil, oregano, rosemary… Yum!
You may know this, but not realize the true impact: plants purify the air in your home! Seriously. NASA did a study back in the early ’90s that shows which plants are the best at removing toxins from the air in your home. Check out this incredible graphic and choose one to take home with you today. I mean, you could dish out some big bucks for an air purifier, but I paid less than $10 for my Pothos and she’s a rock star at removing formaldehyde.
Plants that Purify the Air in Your Home
Here are a few extra links to help you decide on an air purifying plant:
Link to 9 Air-Cleaning Houseplants– https://greatist.com/connect/houseplants-that-clean-air
15 Plants for Improving Air Quality– https://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/a-breath-of-fresh-air
Plants Safe For Kids and Pets
Before we get to the nitty gritty list of awesome indoor houseplants for a Minimalist like you I gotta tell you something, mama. It is very very very extra special important that you pay attention when choosing plants for your home. Many can be toxic to animals and humans. Now- that isn’t a problem if said animal or human doesn’t eat the plant, but better not to take any chances, ya feel me? Here’s a link to get you started, but please do your research.
Link to poisonous plants list from the ASPCA– https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants?fref=gc&dti=796266010427090
25 Unique, Easy To Care For, Indoor Plants for Minimalist Living
When I say these plants are easy to care for, I mean they are easyyy (like that one girl we all know- bless her heart). You won’t have any trouble keeping these houseplants alive so pick the one that looks the most appealing to you and bring it on home.
Plastic (haha!) Truly Minimalist.
Fiddle Leaf Fig (I’ve been drooling over getting one of these! So pleasant to look at.)
Orchids (if you have north facing windows)
Easter Cactus/ Christmas Cactus
Aloe (healing properties, too)
Snake Plant/ Mother-in-law’s Tongue
Red Edged Dracaena
String Of Pearls (Crazy- right?!)
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