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What I need and What I don’t need:
Episode 1 “MICROWAVE”

I have been working on how to live simply and comfortably. I love reading blogs and watching videos about “Minimalist”. Though I identified I am not pure “Minimalist”. To me “Minimalist” means “Minimize things which around me”. It could be wrong....

I prefer:

  • Don’t have that much belongings (material point of view)
  • Have things, which make me smile and happy (from this, I can’t totally minimize my belongings)
  • Simple process

I think calling “SIMPLIST” is more suitable for my approach.

I would like to write series of “What I need and What I don’t need". This is totally from my point of view. Therefore, I would like you to find “What you need and What you don’t need FOR YOU”.

Everybody is different.

I suppose there is no such a thing, all of ideas fit to all of people. However, if my ideas inspire you, I am very happy.

Being SIMPLIST

We had been using a microwave almost since I came to Canada. But I remember that I didn’t use it in Japan that much. I only asked to warm up a BENTO box at a convenient store.

The microwave, which we had over 10 years, was broken in November 2017. I asked my husband if he wanted new one. His answer was “No”. I didn’t expect this, as he was the one who always used it. Anyways, I hadn’t used it that much, I agreed not to purchase new one.

At that time, we didn’t have any huge commitments nor any huge belief. We just decided not to purchase “FOR NOW”. If we find inconvenience, we can always obtain one.

A couple of months later, I asked my husband if he missed a “Microwave”, his answer was “No”.

A year later, even I forgot about we had a “Microwave”, and I didn’t find any inconvenience at all.

We didn’t make any efforts nor spend energy to find alternative method without a “Microwave”.

We don’t simply need it.

I appreciate my husband’s decision, which he didn’t jump to replace it. He did give us a trial opportunity not to have it.

Good points not to have a “Microwave”:

  • I don’t need to clean a “Microwave”, which actually I didn’t like
  • There is more space on the kitchen counter

Being SIMPLIST
By Beauty by Masayo

What I need and What I don’t need:
Episode 2 "RICE COOKER"

I have been working on how to live simply and comfortably. I love reading blogs and watching videos about “Minimalist”. Though I identified I am not pure “Minimalist”. To me “Minimalist” means “Minimize things which around me”. It could be wrong....

I prefer:

  • Don’t have that much belongings (material point of view)
  • Have things, which make me smile and happy (from this, I can’t totally minimize my belongings)
  • Simple process

I think calling “SIMPLIST” is more suitable for my approach.

I would like to write series of “What I need and What I don’t need". This is totally from my point of view. Therefore, I would like you to find “What you need and What you don’t need FOR YOU”.

Everybody is different.

I suppose there is no such a thing, all of ideas fit to all of people. However, if my ideas inspire you, I am very happy.

Being SIMPLIST

I live in Canada now. I know many people, who live in North America, don’t have a “Rice Cooker”. However, as my heritage is Japanese, I always used it. Most of people in Japan have it and if you don’t have it, it might be inconvenient to eat rice every day or even 3 times / day.

When I came to Canada, I just had 2 suitcases and a backpack. Though I asked my relatives to send several packages later. I didn’t have any furniture nor electric kitchen items. I started making rice by a small pan. It wasn’t bad. I just needed to keep checking rice until it was cooked. If you have a “Rice Cooker”, it would be much easier, what you need is only putting rice and water, and just wait.

When I started living with my husband, he always made rice by a pan. We didn’t buy a “Rice Cooker”. Then we luckily obtained a used rice cooker from person who lived with us. I felt much easier to make rice by a “Rice Cooker”. We used it for a while. And when it got older, again we luckily obtained another used rice cooker from a friend. We started using it for a while.

However, as long as I remember, we never purchased a “Rice Cooker” by ourselves. When the “Microwave” was broken, we decided not to buy new one. At the same time, my husband quietly said that “I think we don’t need a “Rice Cooker” either”.

Well....it’s convenient, however it doesn’t have to be here. I eventually gave the “Rice Cooker” away. We started making rice by a pan again.

To be honest, at the beginning I missed a “Rice Cooker”. Then after half a year, I no longer miss it. Once I got used to make rice by a pan. It’s easy and faster than using a “Rice Cooker”.

Good points not to have a “Rice Cooker”

  • Making rice by a pan is faster than using a “Rice Cooker”
  • There is more space on the kitchen counter
  • Rice, which is made by a pan, taste better (at least to me)

Being SIMPLIST
by Beauty by Masayo

What I need and What I don't need:
Episode #3 "IRON FRIED PAN"

I have been working on how to live simply and comfortably. I love reading blogs and watching videos about 'Minimalist'. Though I identified I am not pure 'Minimalist'. To me 'Minimalist' means 'Minimize things which around me'. It could be wrong....

I prefer:

  • Don't have that much belongings (material point of view)
  • Have things, which make me smile and happy (from this, I can’t totally minimize my belongings)
  • Simple process

I think calling 'SIMPLIST' is more suitable for my approach.

I would like to write series of 'What I need and What I don't need". This is totally from my point of view. Therefore, I would like you to find 'What you need and What you don't need FOR YOU'.

Everybody is different.

I suppose there is no such a thing, all of ideas fit to all of people. However, if my ideas inspire you, I am very happy.

Being SIMPLIST

From Episode 1 and 2, you know we don’t have a “Microwave” and a “Rice Cooker”. Now you might think how to warm up food once it gets colder? Some rice cookers have function, which keep rice warm in a “Rice Cooker”.

How we warm up food?

We use a “Small iron fried pan”. It doesn’t have to be an “Iron pan”. I just prefer it, because surface would never peel off and we can use it with high temperature. If we take care of it properly, we can keep almost forever. A small “Iron Pan” is perfect size to warm up for one meal. If we need to warm up more, we have a bigger iron fried pan, which is perfect size to cook stair fried meals or even to make steamed mussels.

Tips how to maintain iron pans

When you start using it, you need a little work to do.

  • To stir fry any veggies, which you don’t eat, with oil
  • To wash the pan without soap
  • To wipe by a piece of paper towel with oil
  • To do 2. and 3. every time when you cook

Once oil is absorbed enough, it becomes easy to clean. Some people recommend not to wash, just wiping. Though I usually wash without soap and wipe surface by a piece of paper towel with oil.

Amazingly food doesn’t stick iron pans during cooking after oil is absorbed enough.

One point, which I found a little inconvenient, is too heavy to move the bigger pan by one hand....

Good points to have “Iron Fried Pans”

  • To be able to warm up food evenly (I noticed when we use a microwave to warm up food, some parts are too hot and some parts are still not hot enough)
  • To be able to keep pans almost forever (environmentally friendly)
  • I love these fried pans! Good to have items, which make me happy!

Being SIMPLIST
by Beauty by Masayo

What I need and What I don't need:
Episode 4 “COFFEE MAKER”

I have been working on how to live simply and comfortably. I love reading blogs and watching videos about 'Minimalist'. Though I identified I am not pure 'Minimalist. To me 'Minimalist' means 'Minimize things which around me'. It could be wrong....

I prefer:

  • Don't have that much belongings (material point of view)
  • Have things, which make me smile and happy (from this, I can’t totally minimize my belongings)
  • Simple process

I think calling 'SIMPLIST' is more suitable for my approach.

I would like to write series of 'What I need and What I don't need". This is totally from my point of view. Therefore, I would like you to find What you need and What you don't need FOR YOU.

Everybody is different.

I suppose there is no such a thing, all of ideas fit to all of people. However, if my ideas inspire you, I am very happy.

Being SIMPLIST

I usually choose to have items, which I can use for multi purposes. I will write examples in other blogs. However, a “Coffee Maker” dose only one thing. Making coffee.

Both of us enjoy at least a couple of coffees in the morning. We could buy coffees at a coffee shop, which is downstairs in the building we live. It would be pretty easy. Though it costs us a lot and I want coffee just after I get up, means I am still in my pajamas. I don’t want to use an elevator to go downstairs.

Therefore, we decided to purchase a “Coffee Maker” and we use this every day. My husband has a better taste than me when we need to choose Kitchen items. He has chosen a beautiful stainless “Coffee Maker”. I love the design and quality of the machine. And it’s very easy to clean!! This is very important to me.

I love smelling coffee in the morning, and it’s always fresh.

Good points to have “Coffee Maker”

  • We can always drink fresh coffees
  • Save a lot of money
  • Good to have the kitchen item, which we like and we use everyday

Being SIMPLIST
by Beauty by Masayo