7 Simple Things in My Minimalist Room That Make Me Happy
I’m a minimalist and a school teacher living in Japan. I’d like to give you a mini room tour of my minimalist room. I’ll introduce seven things in my room that make me happy. By doing this, I’m hoping you can learn about a minimal lifestyle and become inspired by my minimalist room design.
1. Wooden architecture
My favorite part of my room is the wooden elements. Studies show that wood in rooms creates a less stressful environment. Every day I feel at peace because of the wood’s smell and pattern. Local cedar trees were used to construct these architectural details. This cedar is a little red, so the red tint makes the room feel warmer.
2. Tatami floor mats
Tatami is an indispensable part of a minimal lifestyle and Japanese culture. The scent of rush, a type of grass that tatami is made from, has a relaxing effect. Just being in the room has a calming effect on me.
A tatami floor can be used for various purposes. It can be used as an interior decoration, you can comfortably sit or lay down on it, and you can exercise on it. You can also practice the tea ceremony on it as well.
There are three reasons why I have plants in my room. First, plants make my room feel lively. I put a maple tree in the corner and a eucalyptus tree in the bathroom. I put an ibota tree on my desk. I have chosen plants that are easy to maintain. Second, I love having something to take care of and watching them grow.
My maple was just a bud in the winter and now its green leaves have grown. And I have an avocado seed that’s finally sprouted. Seeing these daily changes makes me feel a little brighter every day. And third, looking at plants helps me relax and that helps increase my concentration and memory retention.
4. Paper lamps
Indirect lighting from lamps can make a room feel warm. I use Japanese paper lamps by Isamu Noguchi who is a Japanese-American artist. They are very light and don’t take up much space.
5. Bamboo bike
This bike has become one of my best friends and I’ve traveled around the world with it. The frame is bamboo and Japanese lacquer is also used. It’s made by hand and it’s a work of art. Every time I see this bike, it gives me confidence because I remember the journeys I’ve completed with the bike.
6. Essential oils
Having essential oils in my room makes my life more enjoyable. The scents make my room a type of healing space. I look forward to returning to my room.
I love the Tadaima wood dish that I use with my essential oils. The dish is made from camphor trees and all I need are just a few drops of essential oil for the dish to absorb and soon my room smells heavenly. The dish is minimal, environmentally friendly, and it doesn’t use fire or electricity to create the scent.
Occasionally I will light this candle before going to bed. If I’m anxious or stressed, it’s super relaxing to gaze into it.
A minimalist room
What do you think about the seven items? What items or minimalist room ideas do you have that relax you and make you happy? And by the way, if you have any ideas for low-maintenance plants for my minimalist bedroom, please let me know in the comments below!