Do you come home every night to a room full of clutter?
Do you find yourself unable to move through your stuff?
Does It take you forever to rummage through your belongings looking for missing items?
Then, it might be time to simplify your life.
What is minimalism?
It is a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme sparseness and simplicity. [Source]
This simple way of living is usually seen in Japanese culture which promotes a lifestyle that is focused on making use of the basic necessities in life.
The idea is to celebrate space in a home and to consider it an integral part in living.
“This is called amor vacuii … a love of emptiness, because that’s what fuels the cultural concept known as Ma.
Ma (pronounced "maah") is a celebration of not things, but the space between them. It is about negative space, voids, emptiness. And it is relished in everything from interiors, architecture and garden design to music, flower arrangement and poetry. And actually beyond; it can be found in most aspects of Japanese life.” [Source]
It’s such a different concept compared to a Filipino’s perspective which celebrates space as an opportunity for adornment or to display collections, achievements, and memorabilia.
Is it Beneficial For You?
Certainly, it’s not for everyone.
There are those who feel extreme emptiness when there a lack of clutter and well, furniture and items for that matter.
However, it does have an advantageous psychological effect.
It gives you a sense of freedom.
Your environment has an effect on your inner disposition. Have you noticed why hotels emit such a calming and relaxing feeling? You’ve probably observed how well laid out their rooms are, with minimal furnishings that are strategically placed in a clean and symmetrical fashion. Or how about the colors that they use, have you wondered why their interiors are mostly painted in neutral colors?
These all contribute to the feeling that they wish to evoke. Different colors elicit certain emotional triggers that you may not be conscious of. Meanwhile, cleanliness and symmetry signal your mind to relax because everything is in order.