Zen is a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism, it focuses its attention on the importance of meditation and intuition. In interior design we use the term Zen to describe a space in which the architecture shines through and only includes the basic everyday essentials in the decor. It's a clutter free space in which the mind achieves tranquillity and stillness through meditation. Realistically it's not easy to have such a space at home, in our culture we tend to collect too many objects/memories to be able to achieve the Zen look. I personally find it soothing to be surrounded by familiar things at home, things I inherited from family and friends or things my kids have made. In my opinion the best way to achieve a clutter free home and reclaim and bit of Zen is to design and include a good storage system in our homes - a great storage system is definitely paramount when building or renovating. That way everything has its own place and tidying up doesn't necessarily have to turn into an irritating inconvenience!
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