At Family Clean, we take a holistic view of home, life and happiness. This approach is something that resonates strongly in the Japanese culture as well. We love how Marie Kondo treats organising as a mindful way to appreciate your possessions instead of just using them without thought; and the Japanese tradition of O-souji, where people deep clean homes, schools, and workplaces at the end of the year, taking time to recognise any good fortune from the previous year while preparing a fresh space for the months to come.
The latest Japanese practice to hit Western consciousness is wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi stems from the Buddhist acceptance of knowing that nothing is perfect, finished, or permanent, and it celebrates beauty in imperfection. Wabi-sabi is about getting back to basics, unloading ourselves from the burden of clutter, and seeing imperfection as a unique patina to be admired rather than a fault to be erased.
Wabi-Sabi in the Home
Wabi-sabi translates into home life by only keeping objects you use or love. It is about not replacing something that still works perfectly well just because it is worn, or throwing away an item because you no longer like the colour. Wabi-sabi embraces natural materials like bamboo and cotton that has been dyed using natural ingredients. It is authentic and does not endorse fake distressing of an item to make it appear uniformly aged.
Instead of focusing on objects, wabi-sabi almost focuses on those who use the space and how they use it. It is quality over quantity where quality relates to the beauty, sentiment, or use of an object rather than how much it cost. Wabi-sabi could even be interpreted as downsizing your home or car because you know that bigger doesn’t always mean better. Sufficient is ample – full is too much.
Cleaning the Wabi-Sabi Way
As with the KonMari method, wabi-sabi cleaning is mindful – even meditative, and it’s difficult to meditate when your lungs are full of irritants from cleaning sprays. Instead of buying a cupboard full of colourful plastic bottles full of unpronounceable chemicals, choose items that clean without fuss and fanfare. Make your own room fragrance and scent your sheets with a spritz of rose or lavender water. Go back to basics with a pot of baking soda to absorb odours instead of trying to cover them up with fake smells, and use natural products like beeswax and olive oil to clean and protect.
We do everything with heart at Family Clean, and we’re proud to use only eco-friendly products chosen specifically to help clean your home without polluting the air you breathe, irritating your skin, or harming your pets. Talk to us to find out how our personal cleaning service to make your life easier.