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Aug 1, 2017

MINIMALIST LIFE

Surely, you've already had the feeling that, during your lifetime you've accumulated too many things. Some even, you rarely used (or didn't at all) and they've simply piled up generating confusion.

Nowadays, living only with the necessary seems like history from a long time ago, the many gadgets at our disposal or the various objects we have acquired for our comfort or simple ornamentation, have become more ordinary and indispensable. But are they really?

If you like to keep your home with everything in the right place, you may have already known the KonMari method, developed by Marie Kondo, which teaches several steps of organization, where the main rule is not to keep anything that does not bring you joy.

Marie is Japanese and from an early age discovered her talent for organization, letting her self be inspired by minimalist philosophy.

The Japanese way of life responds to the specificities of the country: a little fertile soil that didn't allow the development of the livestock sector, found solution in the sea, to which the population gets much of their food, having a gastronomy almost entirely based on fruits from the sea.

The frequency of seismic activity in the country has led to an architecture designed to protect those who use the structures – large but empty spaces, facilitating escape in the event of an earthquake, thus reducing the risk of serious injury.

The urgent need for evacuation and the risk of housing loss are two of the factors that have contributed to the Japanese people concentrating the highest percentage of adherents of the minimalist philosophy, according to which less is more.

The house is restricted to the minimum, starting in the structure, which may seem simple cubes with windows. The whole point is to keep the construction humble and without superficialities, an ode to the modern Japanese experience, which exalts simplicity and moderation.

The materials and textures are natural, according to the Japanese aesthetic ideal, ventilated compartments with possibility to change the separations between divisions and, sometimes, small interior patios with some plants, which become the ornamentation of the space. The ornamentation is far from being the central concern of these houses, but it does not mean that it overlooks the beauty, reason for existing these small gardens in modern architecture, or the use of beautiful pieces that are mainly useful in the day to day.

Another important conditioning in this equation is cleanliness, the Japanese people are recognized for their importance in keeping the spaces clean, standard that they transmit to the children perpetuating the habit. And a hollow house is also an easier house to clean.

Argument to lead a minimalist life, its followers point out the advantage of this way of life give them more free time, such as what they save on cleanings and tidying, which they use for other enjoyable activities. The cost associated with the consumption of other goods, seen here as superfluous, is a plus point – only the strictly necessary, whether for the home, from furniture to pieces of crockery, to personal objects such as clothes or books.

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