minimalism is gaining followers in Paris

Buying lots of clothes, the latest iPhone or a new couch doesn’t make you happier or satisfied. Sometimes the opposite even happens. Faced with this observation, more and more of them are opting for minimalism. A radical change in consumption patterns, and more broadly in lifestyle, perfectly suited to small apartments and small budgets. The film “It doesn’t take much to be happy” explores this booming trend…

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The principle of minimalism is simple: get rid of everything that is useless, and keep only the essentials. Simple but particularly effective to “clean” its interior, and its spirit.

The director of this film, Anne-Sophie Lévy-Chambon, took the plunge. “It is necessary to experiment for oneself the fact of freeing oneself from the superfluous in order to realize and live in the depths of oneself the liberation that this brings to the head. It’s incredibly powerful! I live in a Parisian apartment of 70 m2 with my husband and my two children. A year ago, I brought out 30 boxes of books, clothes, utensils, objects that no longer found their place and that cluttered me and my family. And since I live again! »

Having a closet filled to bursting with shoes and clothes, bedrooms full of toys for each child, a kitchen equipped with the latest robots and household appliances deemed “essential” by advertising, this mode of consumption is challenged by the minimalist wave that affects all aspects of life.

” It takes little to be happy “ explores these different aspects through strong testimonials, such as that of this young couple who chose to live in a tiny house. A “tiny house”. A choice they claim to be in line with their environmental convictions. A small space is indeed more ecological. It takes up less floor space and requires less energy to heat it. Minimalist architecture also means taking full advantage of each place and making it pleasant and functional. On average we only really use 40% of the space we inhabit. The tiny house does not allow this kind of waste…

Another testimony, that of Lucie who switched to minimalism a few months ago and who in her kitchen has only one utensil (a potato masher) and enough crockery to accommodate four people, no more.




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Lucie, militant minimalist



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But sorting and throwing away isn’t always easy. We lack method and some offer to teach it, like Lina Hanna, storage coach, who applies the Kondo method.

Marie Kondo is the world expert in the art of storage. Japanese, she has always lived in a minimalist way but this art of living took on its full meaning when she and her family moved from Japan to the United States.

Instead of wondering what we are going to throw away or give away, Marie Kondo suggests doing the opposite. She asks herself the question “What do I absolutely want to keep, what is important to me? “. And there, the sorting begins, in a very precise order. First theare the clothesafterwards booksthen the papers and all remaining objects. finally come items of sentimental value. The most difficult because they have a story and bring back memories. Marie Kondo has a question that guides every decision: “Does this object, this item of clothing, this book, bring me joy today? »

If the answer is yes then we can keep it. If not, we can part with it.

Would the future be in the least? Nothing is less sure. Despite minimalist fashion, the model of our societies remains that of unlimited consumption if not that of everyone’s wallet. But it seems that among those under 30, Baloo’s motto in “The Jungle Book” is experiencing a second youth, and a real desire to translate it into action…

“It doesn’t take much to be happy”, documentary by Anne-Sophie Lévy-Chambon, to be seen this Thursday at 11 p.m. on France 3, then on France.tv

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