We sometimes hear about people trying extreme minimalism. Most commonly they are traveling, and use minimalism as a way to keep their backpacks light, thus making it easier to travel.
I found this article about Fumio Sasaki interesting because he skipped the whole traveling with a small backpack routine, and went directly to decluttering his home down to 15 items. Living Simply With 15 Objects
From the article: “Sasaki now has 15 objects in his backpack at home, which includes a MacBook Air laptop, Wi-Fi cell phone, Kindle e-reader, a battery charger, socks, underwear and a book. He concentrates on reading – he gives away the book when he is done with it – and uses the mostly empty space to practice yoga and enjoy the freedom.”
Sounds awesome. I imagine he lives somewhere with easy access to food, as he likely doesn’t have any cooking supplies among those 15 items. He wrote a book detailing his changes, but it’s only available in Japanese. If an english version comes out, I’d love to read it.
In the article he mentions Andrew Hyde as his inspiration to try out the minimalist lifestyle. I looked up Andrew Hyde and found some details on his 15 items and how they changed over time. Unlike Sasaki, Hyde did travel a lot, and that was his inspiration to pare down his items to just the essentials. You might find his story interesting also. Here are links to a few blog posts written by Andrew Hyde on his extreme minimalism.
Photo: Sasaki’s minimalist room