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."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780393609035
0393609030
Characteristics: 259 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm

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RandomLibrarian Dec 26, 2020

Mr. Sasaki is what some would call an "extreme minimalist". He has 4 shirts, no furniture, no TV, and sleeps on a futon on the floor. He doesn't even own a towel (preferring to use a hand towel for everything from drying off post-bath to mopping his floor). However, he doesn't call upon everyone to be minimalist the way he is, but for each person to dig themselves out from under the weight of their possessions and find out who they really are and what makes them happy.

And before you "he OBVIOUSLY doesn't have kids" commenters butt in, he does highlight other minimalist bloggers, both singletons like himself and families with children. Having kids doesn't mean you have to live in clutter!

Ultimately, what makes this book stand out from others on the trendy topic of minimalism is his attitude. For all that he does fit the "30-something single guy toting a Mac book and quoting 'Fight Club'" stereotype of minimalists, he's not into make it a competition or counting your belongings. He really wants people to reconnect with who they are and shed the burden of owning things that they don't really want, and learn to find joy in the little things, like routines and observing changing seasons.

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eastwood
Nov 16, 2020

While minimalism means different things to different people, this is what I would call extreme minimalism. Despite some repetition and his attachment to Apple and Steve Jobs, it is worth reading his perspective.

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jopop
Sep 04, 2020

Overall a very good book, but it's sometimes repetitive.

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.

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stacybobacy
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!

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C1Burdyshaw
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!

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LLMN
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.

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humming
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!

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scribby
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.

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