“Dansyari” (断捨離) is new Japanese word to describe action to get rid of physical and mental clutter to simplify your life. Direct translation is life cleanse.
Dan: Say No to unnecessary things
Sya: Throw away unnecessary items
Ri: Separate from obsession of unnecessary things
Dansyari is not just throwing away stuff and cleaning house, but purify your mind.
Dan: Say No to unnecessary thingsWhen you are invited for party which you are not so interested in but feel you have to do, you might go. But, will you be happy to do so afterward? It’s ok to say NO, if you don’t want to. Japanese are people who cannot say NO in general, so this concept is very important for them.
Sya: Throw away unnecessary items. Clean unnecessary stuff around you. Physical clutter makes mental clutter. You might think you will use an old cap which was given by your friend, so you keep it. But actually you haven’t use it at all. That is a waste of space, obstruction of your mind, and guilt that you are not using it. Give away, sell or even throw away. The friend wouldn’t be happy if you are not using it anyway. If you haven’t used an item over a year, give away or throw away, even though it’s new or expensive. In Japan, there is a concept called “MOTTAINAI”.Mottainai means feeling that you are sorry for not using it because it is a waste. If you have new shirt you’v never worn, that’s MOTTAINAI
Ri: Separate from obsession of unnecessary things. Stop being materialistic. You just need only what you use. Eat only what you need. Do only what you need to do. Speak only what you need to say.
Japan is small country and house is small in general, so this dansyari idea is very fit for their lives. But it’s not just for cleaning house, but also cleaning life. Now people read books, take seminars, do club activities for dansyari. It’s a huge boom. As Less is More Japanese Anti-Aging brand, all the Mirai Clinical members are working on DanSyaRi too!
Here are our favorite DanSyaRi expert’s rooms. Believe it or not, she, her husband, a new born baby and 3 cats live here!!!
6 items to throw away/give away from your home.
- Clothes that you are not wearing/using over a year. You might think you wear one day, but realize the the day doesn’t come. Trend and your preference changes every year. If you buy new clothe, throw away/give away an existing one to balance.
- Point card or coupon card at shop/restaurant which you don’t go to
- Expired or unused drug
- Souveniors from your friends, which are not used
- Brand items which are not used
8 rules of DanSyaRi
- Tidy up quickly
- Decide where to put the items at the end. Decide what to throw away first.
- Throw away any items that you haven’t used over a year.
- Throw away any items that doesn’t spark joy.
- Tidy up in the order of 1) Clothes, 2) Books, 3) Papers, 4) Small items, 5) memorial items.
- Basically throw away all the papers, except really necessary papers.
- Every time you throw away one item, say “Thank you” to the item.
- Every time you buy new clothe, throw away an existing one.
Did you know that Japanese DanSyaRi guru Marie Kodo was selected as one of the 100 most influential people by TIMES in April?