A way to find products’ essential value along with organizing everyday life. Is there such a way? (Product Diet) Do goods truly make us ‘happy’? We looked into the living room, the kitchen, and the houses of families of four living in two-bedroom apartments. Mrs. Hyun Sook, who is a mother of two children. Her day begins with cleaning and ends with cleaning. But her endeavors aren’t very fruitful. For her, cleaning is more or less just finding stacked goods and thinking of how to organize and arrange them. No more, no less. Most of your daily task is cleaning, right? Yes, since we have many things, even vacuuming takes a long time so as I’m cleaning there, I go, ‘Huh? What’s this?’ and look over and takes longer to clean up. This is the children’s playroom. It’s been long since the toys that filled the room also took over the veranda to the full. These aren’t the only goods that are piled up in every corner. All sorts of books purchased to the point that it’s impossible to organize them in the bookcase. The children’s similar paraphernalia and even kitchenware that turned the veranda into storage. Why did the owner of Hyun-Sook’s house become products, not her? Two boxes from 1+1.
I think I nearly got 3 boxes. (These) flat objects aren’t very useful.
I tend to avoid using these because it’s inconvenient. An era that instigates purchase.
Balancing consumption is certainly difficult. I think I have around 15 fabric softeners. Markets held many lowest price events
which is why I bought a lot in bulk. I’ve been keeping this before marriage, it’s very old. It’s a diet pill but I’m keeping it because it would be a waste (I think) I have no choice because they sell in bulk I can’t buy one by one because they sell in a package like this Not sure if it was mine or someone else’s will, but all these goods that I had purchased because I thought it’s necessary, has now become a headache. I bought this English book out of greed, but I bought too many of it, so it’s left as it is. It’s such a waste, so I’m very stressed about it Mrs. Hyun Sook is in the middle of a war against products. There are times that I can’t find goods because I don’t know where they are And how should I put this, since there are so many toys, kids are getting confused People need to find peace and relax when they come home, but I tend to avoid & feel uncomfortable. When I go home, I have work to do and since it’s in my sight, I get stressed out again which leads to avoiding again. What kind of problem was there? For Mrs. Hyun Sook, who is overly concerned with goods, she decided to ask for a specialist’s help. -I’m here because I think I can lay you a hand that you could need.
-Yes, thank you very much. Mr. Sun Hyun Yoon is an Arrangement Consultant who says above all, the criteria for owning products should be clear. What standards and values does Hyun Sook’s family have in his eyes? It’s been 4 years since you’ve purchased this. The best-before date is two years ago already. It’s already embarrassing from the start. -These are diapers
-You order lots of them at once, right? In the children’s room, packed with toys, they even found goods that lost its place. As soon as I stepped in, the child’s photo -is sealed like this!
-(Because) I don’t have a place/space for it… You made it beforehand -but because there’s no place to hang, nor keep it anywhere
-No… I couldn’t open this door before. Now I can open It’s not just one or two products like this. Right there, I took out everything that we haven’t even used once after marriage. Many products that we’d forgotten without even realizing. These products exist because it’s only been 3 years since your marriage and when I come back again in 5 years, these could end up as 8-year unused products. I think now is the time to make bold decisions. They decided to choose the products to throw away in these 3 boxes. Can they do it? Leave this one. But, out of these 2, But this is just a picture book? But you see, there’s even another dinosaur. This is a dinosaur, that’s an animal. -Oh, really?
-Yes. Now that they have to sort things out, their attachment lingers. How many plates are in the box in the veranda again? I use that when we bring guests over. Why are you using new plates when guests come over? You should use new plates when guests come over! The value of the goods we must keep. How do we figure that out? I’m sure you must have come up with your criteria to determine which goods to use and discard, and what are those criteria? -Are there criteria to decide which goods to use?
-I’m not too sure. Don’t you use it when you need it? I think it’s hard to think of a criterion. I’m not sure which criteria we must set to discard or keep products. What’s important here is, most products you use are most likely related to housework so there is this connection link between work & products. The relationship between products and my life, which I haven’t thought about even once. There were many products that didn’t have a connection link than expected. A diet product that’s been left for as long as 4 years. A game apparatus that I’d bought out of temptation for a new product. I didn’t even unbox it once. Since it’s in perfect condition, I think it would be nice to give it to someone else. Above all, products for children that are similar in terms of its usage or books that didn’t match the age group have become a burden itself. Hyun-sook’s family’s unnecessary items that are endlessly coming out of the house Is it fine? It is. Then give it to someone How many things were piled up in this house that aren’t connected to their everyday lives? It was amazing to witness the aftermath when they sorted the products by the criteria. There were many more unnecessary products that they had to throw out, even to the point that they had to leave it outside the hallway. On this day, the space of Hyun Sook’s family finally found its true form. We can’t say we feel relieved about throwing out everything, but as we decreased the number of goods, I can say we traded the goods for space we can use in our life. I thought we can live simply, without buying more and more and we can live well with small quantities of goods! How much do we have to own to feel satisfaction? According to photographers who filmed the household goods from various countries Contrary to Mongolians who owned around 300 goods per household, Japanese owned as many as 6,000 goods! Then, does this signify that owning more equates to greater happiness? According to one German journalist’s research, in comparison to the Germans back in the 70s who owned around 6,000 goods, Germans in the current era who own around 10,000 goods are less happy. Is this the reason why? There was even someone who rebelled against excessive ownership. Andrew, a young American man, ventured to reduce the number of owned goods to 15. He is now sharing his story to the public. A yearning for a simple life. Now, there are a number of books that are suggesting people to make the yearning a reality! And Japan is at the center of that change. I’m a minimalist, who lives on the bare minimum. I didn’t live like this from the beginning. My house was always filled with products because I couldn’t throw out while I constantly purchase goods. I’d always compared myself to someone who owns more than I do and I was concerned of my future too. Then, one day… (2011.3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake)
(Data Screen: YTN) March 11th, 2011, when people’s goods were helplessly swept away. That day, many Japanese people changed their values about ownership. This is Mr. Sasaki’s house in Tokyo A single room that functions as a living room as well. There was nothing in his small house with a kitchen and a bathroom. Mr. Sasaki’s house, which has no furniture and a few household products. It looks like there are fewer products than the lodging you stay when traveling. There aren’t many goods at your home. Because I had so many products back in the days, I felt like I had too many problems with my lifestyle as I couldn’t clean up & manage them properly. But, after finding out minimalism, I’d thrown away tons of products and I’d contemplated on which goods I must keep and discard, and here I am today. How is it possible to live without goods? We’ve asked for his consent & monitored his day of life. Early morning, Mr. Sasaki makes his bed. But, all he does is he folds the bedclothes. He leaves it there. Right. He was using the bedclothes as a sofa too. What about the empty bathroom? Mr. Sasaki hasn’t been using soap or shampoo ever since a long time ago. These aren’t the only things that he had reduced. A thin towel, which is versatile as it effectively cleans up moisture, is Mr. Sasaki’s favorite. And what caught my eyes is the scene where he hand-washes as soon as he finished using it. The reason Mr. Sasaki hand-washes his towel every time is because there’s only this one thin towel in the entire household. (Back then) I had many towels.
About 7 towels around this much! About two-thirds of the laundry was towels! (Now) Both water & detergent use has decreased. Maybe it’s environmentally-friendly in that aspect. What Mr. Sasaki took out was an old chest of a drawer that looks old at a glance. How is he using this product? The question soon cleared up. It was Mr. Sasaki’s table, who always eats plainly. He usually keeps his props in this drawer, and he says he also uses it as a stand when he takes out an object from high up. Certainly, as it’s Mr. Sasaki’s product, it’s multi-purpose. There’s something he has realized as a minimalist. It’s the value of objects. (When you own many goods) You will get used to it, and the more you have, the less you appreciate them. I’m very thankful for the small number of goods that I have left. If everyone lives as a maximalist, we can’t sustain the limited resources of Earth. Living simply from now on,
maybe it’s ideal to live with fewer ownership. What are his goods that he appreciates and therefore tends to save more? It took less than 10 minutes for him to gather up all the goods in the entire house. A multi-purpose cup, which is for both water and tea. One pot, which also serves as a kettle. Shoes to wear until they are worn out before buying the same pair. Out of all his goods, there wasn’t a single unnecessary product. I usually don’t use a sleeping bag. If an acquaintance has to sleep over at my place because it’s an emergency or if he is drunk and he missed his last bus/train, I offer this bag if he’s ok sleeping in it. Are you fully satisfied with only these goods you own? I do. I think it’s sufficient. After taking things out of his life,
Mr. Sasaki’s life has become more relaxed. Mr. Sasaki, who went out for a walk at the park as he usually does. Today, he is with acquaintances who practice the same lifestyle. Living a simple life, which is never easy. The advice they share with each other is, therefore, very valuable. Mr. Hachimine, who had flushed goods out of the kitchen, which was overflowing with food and kitchenware a while ago. Thanks to the new practice, he discovered the importance of cooking and eating. It certainly feels good to be neat and tidy I started cooking my breakfast and dinner. I think I should cook with more heart. I wasn’t like that before. Now, after cutting things down, I think it’s easier (for his daughter) to play with dolls. I think it is excellent because she can imagine and play freely in a larger space. Mr. Numahatta, who said taking things out helped his daughter more than anyone else. We visited his house. Mr. Numahatta’s place was absolutely empty for a family of three. An imaginative play with her father replaces her toys. An airplane~ The plane is taking off~! Bye~~ Camping supplies take the place of furniture. The easy-to-move camping chairs are moving back and forth from the kitchen to the living room, doing more than my share. What they haven’t taken out yet is the kitchenware in the kitchen cabinet. He’s negotiating with his wife, who says she must keep the plates no matter what. What changes have they made after practicing a new lifestyle, which is scarce ownership with only what they need? I don’t think about buying a lot of stuff. We never travel (far away) to go shopping. I’ve stopped being conscious of others. If you think you aren’t ashamed to wear the same clothes every day I’m not conscious of what the other person thinks of me at all. That’s how you eventually become free. The contemporary society, where consumption is a virtue. Owning fewer goods is neither familiar nor easy. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. These days, ‘Project 333’, which is living 3 months with 33 clothes, is very popular online. This movement, as shown by its resistance to fast fashion, overseas, many women are expressing their willingness to join and share. After taking out the goods, Mrs. Hyun Sook earned time to spend with her family instead of cleaning. Mr. Sasaki of Japan is grateful for the bedclothes he can lean on today, as always. Which products do you own? (You can watch this program again at www.ebs.co.kr)