A real Japanese home for minimalism

Understand the true value of minimalism

A real Japanese home for minimalism

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The love of Japanese people for simplicity is well known. Its roots are at least partially understood — where’s the sense in having an abundance of objects and possessions when an earthquake could send them flying at your head at any moment? But there’s also an important psychological idea here. The less time and money you waste on accumulating lots of unnecessary junk, the more order there will be in your home — and also in your thoughts.

 

Now a look inside the home of an ordinary Japanese family and observing how they live. It certainly helped us understand the true value of minimalism.

 

In some homes, people prefer not to have a bed. They sleep on a simple mattress instead.

Understand the true value of minimalism

Shampoo and other toiletries are hidden on ledges

 

simple toilet

 

There are no items of clothing in the wardrobe that aren’t worn regularly

 

There are no items of clothing in the wardrobe that aren’t worn regularly

In a bedroom there might only be a table and chair.

 

japan home

Sometimes they even get by without the chair!

 

Room without a chair

What does a minimalist keep in their refrigerator? Not much.

 

A fridge without much food

Pots and pans are also few in number — and the cupboard looks much better.

 

Pot & pan

They have all they need.

 

They have all they needs

Keeping the kitchen in good order is simple when it’s not overflowing with knives and forks or anything else.

 

Less is better

The few things that you can find in the house are really quite attractive.

 

Few Things

There’s nothing to distract you from work in the study.

 

simple study desk

No luxurious light fittings here.

 

Simple ceiling light

With fewer things, the rooms feel lighter and airier.

 

With fewer things, the rooms feel lighter and airier.

With fewer things, there’s more room to live.

 

With fewer things, there’s more room to live.

A well-organized home means a well-organized mind.

 

A well-organized home means a well-organized mind.

 

Source: REUTERS / Thomas Peter
Preview photo credit: © REUTERS / THOMAS PETER

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