Way back in the 1980’s we were all about everything Japanese, and zen. Thus, my daughter has a Japanese name. We definitely were in a WabiSabi mode. Actually, if you think about it minimalism really isn’t anything new to the Japanese. Always very little clutter and most things built in. We slept on a futon for ( maybe too many years)! Everything is about just essentials, no clutter, or lots of visual distractions. Wabi sabi is a concept of simplicity and beauty in natural things. Perhaps a sprig of a spring tree, or a piece of hand thrown pottery.
Today, minimalism is essentially the same, no clutter, less is more, clean lines, and white space.
In our small home, in the last few years, I’ve gotten rid of about half our things. I’d still like less furniture but what we have is pretty minimal. I’d also like each space to be fully utilized in a way that is organized. In Japanese houses, most everything is built in. I would love that. My goal for 2015 is to redo our pantry with billy shelves from ikea. It’s little things like that ,that make a space more visually appealing and is a space saver.
I always wanted tatamis and just pillows on the floor. Unfortunately now, I probably wouldn’t be able to get off the floor( ha, ha!)
We can’t have a futon anymore because our backs could not take it. So we do our best…
Just remember, minimalism isn’t really anything new. It’s been around for a while.