Goodbye, Things

Goodbye, Things

The New Japanese Minimalism

Book - 2017
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Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo--he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In Goodbye, Things Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki's humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism's potential.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780393609035
Characteristics: 259 pages :,colour illustrations ;,22 cm.


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VaughanPLDaniela May 02, 2019

Nothing groundbreaking here, but the author has an uplifting and humble tone that I found both reassuring and reaffirming. Sasaki touches on all the key benefits of a minimalistic lifestyle, especially the joy we find in liberating ourselves of material items. It has certainly made me re-evaluate my lifestyle, home and priorities.

With increasing inequality, people are going to have to lower their expectations, and bring their lifestyles down to a minimum. This recent flood of books about 'minimalism' will teach you how to be happy with that state of affairs.

Jan 30, 2019

I have read several of the recently popular tomes on minimalism, and this one has been my favorite so far. Don't be intimidated by the photo examples at the beginning of the book! They display several examples of minimalist, Japanese dwellings, all of which were a step beyond - or several, massive steps beyond - what I aspire to. I found it helpful to view them and see how they made me feel, and they definitely made me feel peaceful and a little jealous. I feel the advise in this book, for me, was more accessible than the "spark joy" method from Kondo - although her folding techniques are AWESOME. It is also sectioned into small tidbits, so it was easy and delightful to read. Some of the bits didn't necessarily strike a cord with me, but many presented either a new perspective or an important question to ask myself. I feel this is similar to the advice, sentiments and challenges offered by The Minimalists, but, again, I preferred the format of this book. Like Kondo, Sasaki concurs that minimalism creates a different space and life for everyone. So, again, don't get intimidated by the photos at the beginning! I am assuming that is why the description calls this book (or Sasaki) "Marie Kondo on crack." Haha!

Jan 06, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I was inspired and I’ve reduced my possessions by at least half in just a couple weeks. It feels wonderful. Highly recommend!

May 25, 2018

I enjoyed this book a lot. The main attraction for me was the tone and stance of the writer. He is a normal person, just writing in a natural style about how he discovered the joys of minimalism and the benefits he has gained. He makes it clear that each person defines what minimalism is for them. He has far fewer possessions than I will ever have, but the core of the idea works for me. I like his tips that “minimizing is not organizing” and “discarding memorabilia is not discarding memories” and that photographs are an excellent way to preserve and remember things. You do not need the physical object. I felt his freedom when reading the book, and this has inspired me to mimimize too and experience my own freedom.

Jan 17, 2018

At last -- an approach to minimalism that actually "frees" me from being "attached" to things! After 20 years of reading de-clutter and get organized books that made sense but did not inspire me to take action, now I feel great about giving away or recycling things I do not need. Yay! Only half way through the book and I already have let go of over ten large paper sacks of books and clothes. Plus, giving away my "treasures" is delightful and energizing!
Easy to read, relate to, and do!

Dec 15, 2017

What a disappointment! I thought that this would be a discussion of the philosophy behind living more simply (a call that’s been heard many times before in this overly materialistic society): pros and cons, anecdotes about what some have done to simplify their lives and the results; quotes from neuroscientists, philosophers, poets, etc., who’ve done it. Instead, it turned out to be (at its best) merely a list of suggestions and (at its worst) bragging by the author and what often seems to be the printed version of an annoying late-night infomercial for Apple products (Give everything away! Your iPhone will fill the gaps!). Taking the idea seriously, of course, would mean giving up the iPhone too. To be fair, reducing the amount of clutter in our lives is better for us psychologically (and better for the environment as well) but buying a “how to” book like this would simply be adding more clutter. Good thing I can return it to the library.

Nov 12, 2017

Found this book interesting, but there are times disappointing. For me, he seems to be endorsing products mentioning brand names. However, a good book to read to see a different view on minimalism.

Sep 18, 2017

An honest, sometimes funny (maybe unintentionally), and practical guide to minimalism.

Jul 31, 2017

Loved the book. It inspired me. While still reading it, I removed half of my clothes from my closet.
Even the writing style is minimalistic. The chapters are short and well organized.

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