Hey there! Koko here, from Tokyo.
Yesterday I watched a very funny but yet inspiring, interesting YouTube video. It was so good that I’d like to share with you.
It’s a Japanese channel, they’re visiting one of the most successful “hosts” man named Roland. Here’s more info about Host / Hostess Clubs in Japan (wikipedia)
He’s got blond hair and name is Roland, but he’s 100% Japanese 😆
They’re visiting his new apartment and he’s giving us a house tour. His apartment is…. extreme minimum.
The video has English subtitle so you can follow!
Extremely Minimum Apartment
His apartment is extremely minimum. I personally think it’s possible because he’s a bachelor. 😅 Impossible if you have kids..but still, his apartment and quotes are very inspiring.
What did he say in this video? Let’s dig in!
1. Cables and cords are so ugly.
Roland says that he hates cables / cords / wires.
“I know I sound crazy but…they are so ugly that give me goosebumps.”
So in his apartment he worked really hard to hide them all from his house.
He owns a host club himself, but his club hides cables. If you want to be minimalist, try to hide cables. You will be surprised how clean your apartment will look!
2. A room that looks like a hotel.
Roland wanted make a room that doesn’t look like someone is living. A room doesn’t have everyday- things, such as paper bags, plastic bags, laundry, table clothes, you know, stuff that ‘normal’ households have.
3. Always Refills.
Roland hates to see packages.
Packages are ugly.
He replace food and spices to special containers. From salt, flour, toilet papers…. he doesn’t keep them in original package.
4. Fireplace is a must-have
Looking at fire makes people calm, he believes.
This I agree – Do you know a famous word “hygge” ? It’s a Danish word. Hygge means “having a cozy time”. But in cold country Denmark, hygge means having a cozy time with friends / family / lover, next candles or fire place.
Having a fireplace is very hygge!
5. Pen and Paper for keeping notes
He uses analog style when he takes notes. – pen and paper – he uses a super minimum notepad.
6. Smartphone is like a junk food.
He doesn’t use smartphone for it because simply there are so much junk = information, notifications, updates on smartphone. He starts reading those and he forgets his ideas. Smartphone waste so much of your time.
7. Switches are ugly
Roland hide switches too. Same as cables and cords, he thinks they are such ‘turn off ‘ items.
8. All my belongings, have its own address.
He organize all his items perfectly – just like his belongings have its own address.
He can “see” them, even if his apartment has black out.
9. Buy only things that touch your heart.
For his it doesn’t matter how cheap or expensive. He sleeps on $30,000 bed but his facial cream is $6.
Only buy things that touch your heart – you will appreciate them more.
10. Use only the BEST one item, for each use.
I was surprised. When I think of ” Japanese hosts “, they have a lot of clothes and shoes.
But Roland has only 1 item for 1 use – for work, going out, work out and so on, he only uses 1 set of clothes / shoes.
Roland wants to give the best attention and caring for this best one item. Even for umbrella stand, he had to look for one that holds only one umbrella.
“It only holds one umbrella. I think it’s so beautiful, like an art.”
“There are a lot of benefits to wear the same design clothe everyday. You notice your body condition very well. ”
What did you think?
Whether you agree with him or you think he’s too extreme… (I think he is, to some degree!!) …
I hope some of the quotes were inspiring!
Are you interested in Japanese Decluttering Organizing philosophy? Check out these of my posts 😀