1. Sleeping on a futon on a tatami floor has long been the norm in Japan.
2. There's not much in a minimalist's fridge...
3. Just the bare essentials can be found in the bathroom.
4. The most austere of bathrooms?
5. How to store toothbrushes when you don't have a sink counter.
6. Window ledges also make great storage spaces.
7. No nook or cranny is left unused.
8. Just one person in the household? Simply keep one of everything.
9. That's where the futon goes when she isn't using it.
10. Just a desk and a chair reside in this living room.
11. Sometimes, there isn't even a chair in a Japanese living room.
12. Simplicity is the name of the game.
13. Simplicity, however, doesn't have to be devoid of beauty...
14. A lack of furniture means more floor space to enjoy.
15. Kitchen counters are easy to clean when there's less stuff on them.
16. Minimalism expressed through fixtures and fittings.
17. Fewer items in the first place make the ones you're looking for easier to find.
18. Everything's easily within reach.
19. In fact, hanging things on hooks is a popular storage method among minimalists.
20. Minimalism dictates that objects that belong together are stored together.
21. It's an excellent way of de-cluttering your life...
22. ...and your mind.
23. Everything in a minimalist home has a place and a purpose.
24. Sometimes, minimalists have to make do without a mop...
25. There's no denying that there's a beauty in having just what you need.
26. No distractions = mental clarity.
27. There's never any confusion when deciding which pot to use for which dish.
28. There's no competition between windows and decorations.
29. What would you like in your tea?
30. In this case, dark socks are laid out on the floor, but there are only four pairs of them...
31. Your possessions take on a life of their own.
32. Empty space speaks louder than reams of stuff.