I once read about an approach to minimalism that was based around owning only 100 things or fewer. This practice is based on the belief that minimalism can lead to a simpler, more fulfilling life and is often driven by environmental, financial, and personal reasons. Adherents of this philosophy aim to declutter their homes, reduce waste, and live a more sustainable life. The focus is on having only the items that bring true value and joy to their life and avoiding the clutter and distractions of unnecessary possessions. The idea is to simplify life and prioritize experiences and relationships over material possessions.
This is similar to Marie Kondo. Marie Kondo’s philosophy is centered around the idea of decluttering and organizing one’s living space in a way that brings joy. She developed the KonMari Method, which involves going through one’s belongings and keeping only the items that spark joy. This process involves getting rid of unnecessary possessions, tidying up, and organizing items in a way that makes it easy to find what you need and enjoy the things you have.
Kondo’s philosophy is rooted in the idea that a clean and organized living space can positively impact one’s mental and emotional well-being. She believes that by decluttering and tidying, people can gain a greater sense of control and clarity in their lives, and that living with fewer possessions can lead to a more fulfilling existence. The KonMari Method emphasizes mindfulness and gratitude, encouraging people to appreciate and take care of their possessions.
At the other end of the approach to warmth that gained popularity in recent years is hygge. Hygge is a Danish word that refers to a sense of coziness, comfort, and well-being that is associated with simple pleasures and everyday moments. The concept of hygge is central to Danish culture and is often cited as a reason for the country’s high levels of happiness and well-being.
Hygge can involve activities such as spending time with loved ones, enjoying good food, relaxing in comfortable surroundings, or simply being in the moment and savoring life’s simple pleasures. The idea is to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, to enjoy the moment and to be content with what you have.
The concept of hygge is often associated with the Danish winter, when the long, dark nights are brightened by candlelight, warm fires, and good food. However, hygge can be experienced at any time of year and is seen as a way of life in Denmark.
The two concepts can complement each other, as creating a minimalist and uncluttered environment can enhance the sense of comfort and coziness associated with hygge. Both also emphasize the importance of mindfulness and being present in the moment, which can lead to a more fulfilling and contented life. By prioritizing simplicity and focusing on what brings joy, both hygge and minimalism aim to improve quality of life and reduce stress.
How do these approaches enhance your travel experience? Is it possible to combine both while on the road?