Furniture-free Extreme Minimalist Apartment Cleaning Routine

Furniture-free Extreme Minimalist Apartment Cleaning Routine

Hello, friends, this is Youheum. I’m an extreme minimalist practicing furniture-free living. Today I’ll be sharing my
apartment cleaning routine including surfaces, bathroom, dishes, and laundry.
I’ll also share my low-waste and sustainable cleaning tools including my
non-toxic all-purpose cleaning solution. In my space, I use these a zafu instead of
a couch. And I have a collapsible floor desk instead of a full writing desk.
Since I’m on the floor often practicing active sitting, meditating, eating on the
floor, and just chilling, I try to keep the floor clean as much as possible. Also
if you want to full tour of my furniture-free apartment, feel free to
check it out. I don’t own or use a vacuum cleaner but I have used it in the past.
I no longer have it since I gave it away and the reason why is because I do
enjoy cleaning in silence. This allows me to be mindful the practice of cleaning. Sometimes I notice that I’m just cleaning away without a single
distracting thought entering into my mind when I clean in silence. I also
think that my cat values quietness and calm vibes more than anyone in this
house. For me, I tend to go for collapsible and compact items,
this includes my cleaning tools for a floor cleaning. I have a simple
microfiber rag, a detachable quick loop mop, and a plant-based brush. I also have
a dustpan that comes in handy for cat litter. First thing I do is to sweep the
dust into the corner. Sometimes I skip this if I feel lazy. It is important
for me to keep up with my weekly cleaning schedule but it’s also good to
listen to my own level of comfort and my needs. So if I feel tired,
I don’t really force myself to clean. When all the sweeping is done, I use the
dustpan to collect everything. At the moment, these are being thrown out as
regular trash but feel free to share any sustainable methods with us because I’m
currently wondering if dust can actually be composted and if it’s okay to take it
to my community garden. After step one and two, I use my wet mop to go over the
floor once again. This collects all the dust that I missed
and I use my all-purpose cleaner while I go. I also make sure that there’s good
ventilation since I don’t really want my cat to be uncomfortable. I am aware that
some people, they love having the convenience of a vacuum or an efficient
chemical cleaner and that’s completely ok. I know that certain tools are
necessary especially if someone is physically limited in movement. So I’m
simply here to share what works for me in this present moment. I do spend more
time cleaning because I’m not relying on vacuum cleaners or other useful things. For me, cleaning is also a part of my mindfulness practice. I also like how I
can sneak in some natural movement like squatting and stretching while cleaning.
I have noticed that when I get close to the objects that I own, for instance, when
I get close to the floor, I notice all the patterns, spots, and marks. I
sometimes see what I often miss when I simply slow down and look closely at
what is already here. So cleaning definitely allows me to be more grateful
and more aware of what I own in my life. Also, be sure to share with me what
changes you made in your own cleaning routine or what changes do you hope to
make in order to align with minimalism and sustainability. Let us know in the
comments below. Some of you already know that I use my Scrubba bag and homemade laundry detergent for hand washing. I’ll leave a link in the descriptions for the
recipe if you missed it. I tend to do small batches of laundry with my
Scrubba but of course I use my apartment communal laundromat for large loads like my hammock bed, cotton throw, and area rugs. I do hand washing three to
four times a week for socks and undies. But for my outfits, I do it once a week. I
know that some of you asked me how clean it gets. So far I’m very satisfied
with my detergent and handwashing method. It does smell and feel fresh at
the end. I can also add some essential oil fabrics spay if I want.
I think the Austin heat and sun gets rid of the germs too. So I choose to do
laundry by hand mainly because I have a 15 item capsule wardrobe. I just
don’t have enough clothing to fit in the laundry
machine. I have to wash my clothes frequently. If you want, feel free to
check out my capsule wardrobe video. I will also be doing a step-by-step video on
how I fold my clothes compactly in the future. I’ve been using diluted vinegar
as a cleaner for many years. I love how simple, low-waste, and cost-effective it
is. It’s just filtered water and organic vinegar. I don’t put any essential oils
any more since it can be toxic to my cat. But if you don’t have a pet, feel free to
add a few drops in it. I don’t really think that the smell is too strong and
it goes away very quickly. So if you’re hesitant about that, it’s not too bad.
I’ll leave a link to my blog post with all the natural cleaning tools and also
this recipe so feel free to head over after watching this video if you want
the full list. I used the same solution and an organic bamboo rag for cleaning
other surfaces like the top of my mantle. But not on the marble counter top since
the vinegar can be too strong. So I’m currently just using water and a
bit of soap. Feel free to share any natural ways to clean marble tops. You
might have already guessed how much I love soap! I use a bar of soap for
everything including washing my dishes. I also have a crocheted hemp scrubber and a Japanese Tawashi scrubbing brush. This lasts very long, its plant-based, and it’s very durable. I’m enjoying it so far. My cultural
background definitely influenced my decision to become an extreme minimalist. This is mainly because most Korean people are used to sleeping on the
floor, sitting, and eating on the floor, also cleaning the floor by hand, and
doing small batches of laundry by hand. That’s why I’m open to other people’s
approach when it comes to lifestyle choices and their unique method of
maintaining their space. The bathroom is usually the last place I tackle since
this is my least favorite. I used the same all-purpose cleaner, a wooden
coconut fiber brush, and my silicone washing gloves. I found this after
searching for a reusable long-lasting dishwashing glove that doesn’t tear so
easily. For the tub, I’m using a short natural brush but the only downside to
wooden brushes is that it becomes moldy and it becomes discolored if it’s not
dried properly. So I recommend giving it plenty of sun after use. I do try my
best to align with my low-waste goals. That’s why I go for natural cleaning tools and try to be chemical-free as much as possible. But I know that it’s difficult
to be 100% sustainable within budget. So I simply focus on trying my best
without striving for perfectionism. I know that being organized and clean
might not matter for some people. That’s completely okay and I’m happy that
you are content with where you are. If cleanliness matters to you at this
moment in your life, I can completely relate. In the past, I thought that if I
can’t clean and live in an organized way that I am a bad and irresponsible person.
That’s why I hated a part of myself that allowed things to pile up. Now I
believe that cleaning is not really about removing bad things in order to
become the perfect minimalist adult. For me, it is about embracing all parts of
myself including my clutter, my messiness, and the distractions in my life. When
I am able to embrace all parts of myself I can see that cleaning is not really
about arriving at the ultimate cleanliness but it is about my own
process and my own folding. I think it only matters that I took some time in my
day to commit to this practice as much as I can with intention and
mindfulness. It really doesn’t matter what it looks like and it doesn’t matter
that my life is not perfectly organized in all aspects. I’m glad to share this
message with you. If you enjoy this video please like and subscribe to my channel.
Also, if you need more tips on getting unstuck with decluttering and organizing,
feel free to get started with my Minimalist Workbook. Thanks again for
being here my friends and I hope to see you again soon.

100 thoughts on “Furniture-free Extreme Minimalist Apartment Cleaning Routine

  1. Hello friends! What changes did you make in your cleaning routine? What changes do you hope to make in your journey? Share with us 😆

  2. Where did you get the hemp dish scrubber from? I currently use cotton rags/dishcloths but am looking for a more sustainable switch.

  3. I would love to ditch the vacuum cleaner however how can i clean carpet? Thanks so much for this video, it's so inspiring

  4. I've cleaned with vinegar for years and love that it's so versatile! I even use it for cleaning fresh fruits & veggies. I also clean the drains regularly with baking soda and vinegar. I don't have carpets so sweeping is easy care.

  5. I saw your mop and immediately screamed, "SHE'S USING A CUBAN MOP!!!" 😂😂😂
    It is essentially the same though, a T-shaped pole, typically made from wood, bamboo, or metal, with a cloth on the end. Works very well.

  6. Hi! I keep looking for the detachable broom stick you have with no luck. I'm in the UK but whatever I type in google search I get plastic option (not even detachable) and I think I am probably not typing the right name for it. I would love if you had a link for the actual screw detachable broom stick as well the brush. Why is something so simple so difficult to find argh . 😘

  7. I always enjoy watching your videos. You have such a fresh and inviting approach to life. I've learned so much from watching your channel and I look forward to future posts.

  8. I cannot mop with a mop. I like to get down on my hands and knees and scrub away with a rag. I was not raised to clean like that! I am 66, I suppose in another 20 or 30 years I will have to come up with an easier method…

  9. Yes, dust can be composted! Especially since you don't have plastic in your home, so there won't be microplastic in your dust. You can also compost the dryer lint of natural fabrics if you ever use a dryer.

  10. Hi,thank you very much for your videos ,they relax me and learn much,. I love your channel and hope you like mine , Geetings from Italy

  11. This is how cleaning is done in Indian homes, sweeping and mopping everyday. Vacuum cleaners are used for couches, beds, carpets only

  12. Hmmm,
    You live a low impact way but you buy much of your products on amazon one of the most worker abusive companies out there?

  13. I love everything but OMG get yourself a mattress. You can still be an extreme minimalist and gift yourself a mattress, it will only make you a happier person.

  14. Yes! You can COMPOST dust from sweeping or vacuuming. My family has been doing it for over a year now. We just check to make sure no plastic is in the dust before putting it straight into our compost.

  15. It's really inspiring that you try your best to be sustainable. This may be a weird question but how do you do your hair removal as a minimalist?

  16. I get it , less is more philosophy, the bare essentials, suppress materialistic seductions , but seems a bit obsessive compulsive , not to talk down on your lifestyle but if you’re previewing your life for random people around the world 🗺 to see 👀 like a plethora of others it shouldn’t be a shock if light or heavy criticism is expressed below the video. It seems you practice and possess a calm simple peaceful way of life 👍, but if I knew you and came for a visit I’d have anxiety to sneeze 🤧, fart 💨, or scratch my head because I might contaminate your space 🤣.

  17. I love these calming videos 🙃 thank you!

    Also please clean those knives pointing downward and away from you I almost had a heart attack haha! 😂

  18. I can relate to how you feel about vacuum cleaners. I don't desire a dishwasher because I enjoy the meditative process of washing my dishes by hand and don't like more noise than necessary.

  19. Thank you for sharing all your routine. This video is packed with good ideas and products I didn't even know they existed, such as the tawashi brush 🙂

  20. Still an inspiring video full of consciousness and carrying…
    For me but also for people I'm working with!
    As a Home Organiser I give them some tips to declutter their home and mind… 😉
    Thank you for sharing!

  21. If you want to be a TRUE minimalist you should upload your mind into your phone, you don't need to worry about bodily functions and body care. If that doesn't sound like you, maybe you should try cutting out your vital organs and stuffing them in a suitable container.

  22. I love how all of your videos include mindfulness, self acceptance, and peace. It’s always about so much more than just the title. I’m on this self love journey myself, and your perspective really inspires me. Thank you ❤️

  23. I do like my mother and grandmother and boil the brushes for about 15 minutes in water and then let them dry. Kills any bacteria and other bad things and keep the brushes fresher for longer.

  24. I have a lot of problems with my hair. It curly and fizzy, something I personally don’t think looks good on me. My grandma heard and bought me products to try. The problem is they are in plastic bags and bottles. I don’t want to use them because of the single use plastics they are in, but I also don’t want to hurt my grandmas feelings. What should I do?

  25. Go adopt children who need a home….the love and attention you give your cat would translate beautifully to a child who needs your love and mindfulness.

  26. Really nice video, but I'm a little bit concerned about this hemp scrubber. Can you imagine how many microorganisms are living in there??? And I suppose that you have an extreme minimalistic social life and intimacy too. I love hammock ( I have one too!) but how do you and your partner manage do sleep in it? Make a video about it!

  27. Your videos are so calm and mediative! Like them a lot! Even if I am not so extreme as you are I am a minamalist and like the calmness less things give me.

  28. “I gave [my vacuum] away because I do enjoy cleaning in silence…”

    That’s interesting to me because I recently realized that I am sort of the opposite. But it’s not that I don’t like silence.

    We use a Roomba vacuum cleaner. A couple weeks ago, I was just chilling in the living room while the Roomba was cleaning the floor. And after awhile I felt SO RELAXED.

    I guess the noise of the Roomba itself – as it slowly worked it’s way around the room – provided like “white noise”. It was like peaceful background music that helped me relax.

    It was so calming lol.
    Anyway, it’s just funny how different people can take totally different paths to achieve the same thing.

    I hope you’re enjoying your trip. Stay safe and have fun!👍

  29. Wow your cleaning routine is way more calming than mine. I listen to very loud music while I clean bc it gets me hyped up🤣

  30. Bleach and other cleaner smells are totally overwhelming to me. Just cleaned my bathroom yesterday with vinegar/water, baking soda, and a little lime juice. It felt very refreshing to use natural cleaning products! I love the utility of using products I would have in the house already, too.

  31. I can relate to your quiet sweeping routine. I bought an expensive mele vacuum cleaner to clean my tile floors.
    It works great. But I like the quietness of sweeping so I rarely get that vacuum out.

  32. High quality videos :] While I've noticed that your videos focus on your practices and how they help/affect you specifically, it would be cool to see a video geared towards minimalism and sustainability as action against the current climate crisis. Your influence and message would be very powerful and wide-reaching in that respect. Thanks!

  33. We’ve been switching to fragrance free over the past year and it’s been wonderful! I can tell a difference. I actually find that natural products work better than the chemical laden ones. I use diluted vinegar for the kitchen and will use for the rest of the house once we run out of our method cleaners. I’m also looking into a steam mop.

  34. I really appreciate your open perspective about cleaning. I think letting go if the judgement about my messes will also help me to do just a little bit of cleaning and be content i did something to make me feel more comfortable in my environment and take care of my things. Perfectionism can be paralyzing. Thank you for being such a kind human being and spreading this mindset of acceptance of everyone and curiosity about life 🙂

  35. I wish I could get rid of the vacuum, but with several dogs that shed and young children; it wouldn’t work for me. I do make my own cleaner.

  36. Your Cat looks sooo happy, peaceful and content. You do must have a very positive vibe and good aura girl! Keep sharing your ways as it’s so refreshing and also listening your voice is so relaxing 🙂

  37. Where is the floor desk from? I think this would really help me out with supporting correct posture while I’m using the computer 🙂

  38. Your coffee looks delicious. Is it instant coffee or a cold brew of some kind? Can you please share the brand or your method for brewing? 🙂

  39. In Bangladesh we wash our clothes by hand and air dry them under the sun. We also clean our floors and furniture by hand and just water

  40. Minimalist does not mean living with no furniture, hey why you are using internet, and youtube, and cameras,???? You dont need all that to live!

  41. I would like to know what makes people want the minimalist life style. I think everybody should live what life they want etc but i also want to understand or find out about different choices if I can. So can someone please explain me what they like about minimalism? Thank you! Please keep in mind i don t hate i just want to educate myself a little!

  42. I have made some cloths for cleaning our apartment and for washing my face, all with secondhand yarn. I also bought baking soda, soda crystals, citric acid and salt so i can make our own dishwasher powder, toilet cleaner and im gonna buy white vinager for our all pourpose cleaner (we also bough essential oils while on vacation). And when our laundry powder is done, we are buying soap nuts from our local organic shop, we also grow our own produce and batch cook our food.

  43. If your local area doesn’t accept the dust as compost you can always put it outside. Birds will use the larger bits like animal and human hair to make their nests.

  44. Hello, Love your videos.
    Do you think you could one day make a video explaining how you make your dandelion root beverage. It seems interesting and would help a friend of mine. I wish you all the best. Take care of yourself. Thanks again for the great content!

  45. Awe-inspiring. It appears you have made cleaning a form of meditation as well. So calming and soothing. I definitely need to make some changes. I clean with such ferocity, it's extremely unsettling! 😔

  46. We are using up our cleaning supplies as I’ve found water and a bit of soap does the job. I’m going to clean the ALL the floors in one go, as opposed to some floors during the week – in order to save water. I have reduced the clothes I own, by discarding worn and damaged ones and not replacing them. Going to finish reading the books I own and donate them. Keeping staple classics like a complete Sherlock Holmes, complete jules Verne etc. Any new books – library or kindle.

  47. I am a minimalist and I am trying to downsize to the point where I can carry a majority of my belongings in a backpack, but I’m still a college student and living with my mom, who is a hoarder, and it stresses me out. I can’t want to move out and practice low waste and experience extreme minimalism close to yours!

  48. I don't want to waste my time on hand washing of clothes. I'm so happy and grateful that there are machines to do this instead of me =]

  49. Of course floor debris/ dirt/ dust/ pet hair and dander, as long as theres no foreign plastics, can be composted

  50. dust is mainly your dead skin you can compost it, mix it with the compost and/or spray water on it so the wind won't take it away

  51. When you mention something in Korean can you write it in Hangul on the screen aswell. For those who would like to research it further.

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