Minimalism should not promote impracticalities.

For those of you who are really attracted to minimalism – we are so excited for you because that is a start to a wonderful journey ahead!

So is minimalism just a form of design? Yes. But it isn’t entirely about design either. We’ve touched on this in our last post

In this post, we want to share with you why is minimalism also practical, especially for those of you who are going to, or are in the midst of designing your dream home. 

Minimalism is a thought-process, or it can be seen as a goal. Let us explain.

This means that you keep your table tops as clear as possible on a daily basis. You keep your floor as bare as possible. You keep your dry dishes daily back into your storage. 

Basically, you design your home with all theses in mind. How will your daily “come back from work / tired / wanna rest” flow be like?

For us, we got ourselves an iRobot Roomba 900 series so that cleans our floors daily (not sponsored).

So our daily evening routine looks somewhat like this:

  • Open door, put shoes on plastic trays.
  • Hang keys up, put belongings down.
  • Wash our feet. Wash our shoes. Hang it up to air.
  • Sanitize our belongings (especially our mobile phones).
  • Turn on our iRobot to begin its cleaning of all rooms except our bedroom/storeroom.
  • Pack our belongings and bring relevant items back into the bedroom. 
  • Every other day, we’ll magic-clean our bedroom.
  • Shower (squeegee after), watch some content online, chat, relax and sleep.

Yup that’s our daily evenings! You may think we are kind of crazy to be doing that “much” every night – but it is entirely possible…why? 

By making small steps every day to keep the house clean and tidy, you save yourself the hassle of doing “heavy-cleaning or scrubbing” on the weekends. It becomes a daily habit instead.

For most people, being in a home that’s neat and clean literally relieves stress. You come home to a sanctuary and you actually reduce the risk of falling ill. So yes, minimalism is practical!

For us, we are the kind that literally pick up hair on the floor whenever we are able to. We just love sliding around a clean floor! 😁 

Every good and small habit formed goes a long way. 🙂 And if you think about it, we are being deliberately minimal in the way we lay things out, so it’s easy to clean. So gone are the days (mostly) where we procrastinate in cleaning. 

Think twice about every table/shelf/chair that you’d want to purchase, and how easy it would be to clean. 

Therefore, although our Japanese-themed home would be complete with tatami mats and wooden sliding doors, it is simply NOT practical for Singapore homes (aka humid-to-the-max homes). 

We hope this (OCD)post has inspired you some way or another. 

(If you’re a parent, get your children to help at a young age! If the Japanese can do it, so can we. :))

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