Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism (Hardcover)

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I find my interest in minimalism-as-lifestyle contradictory to the part of my personality that has an extensive CD collection, and refuses to part with it. Oh well.
The immediate comparison that came to mind when picking this up was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but while the end goal is the same - living a less cluttered-by-stuff life - the path is different. Without frills or "sparks" Sasaki details his journey from borderline hoarder to someone divesting himself of nearly all physical possessions. While I don't see the need for such an extreme measure in my life, I found his reasoning sound and insightful. There's a gaining of freedom when curating your belongings - and arguably, your life. This book helped me narrow down how I'd like to curate my minimal collection of physical belongings, and showed me what things I might actually be lacking.

Amy

I find my interest in minimalism-as-lifestyle contradictory to the part of my personality that has an extensive CD collection, and refuses to part with it. Oh well. The immediate comparison that came to mind when picking this up was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but while the end goal is the same - living a less cluttered-by-stuff life - the path is different. Without frills or "sparks" Sasaki details his journey from borderline hoarder to someone divesting himself of nearly all physical possessions. While I don't see the need for such an extreme measure in my life, I found his reasoning sound and insightful. There's a gaining of freedom when curating your belongings - and arguably, your life. This book helped me narrow down how I'd like to curate my minimal collection of physical belongings, and showed me what things I might actually be lacking. — From Amy's Picks (page 3)

Description


The best-selling phenomenon from Japan that shows us a minimalist life is a happy life.


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.



About the Author


Fumio Sasaki is the former co-editor-in-chief of Wani Books, and lives in a 215-square-foot apartment in Tokyo, furnished with a small wooden box, a desk, and a roll-up futon pad.

Praise For…


Inspiring in its straightforwardness and sincerity . . . I don't think it would be possible to read Goodbye, Things without taking a look at your own home (and life) with a new set of eyes. . . . In the end, what matters is the thoughtfulness the book inspires.

— Janel Laban

In his new book, Goodbye, Things, Fumio Sasaki shares the lessons he learned by going minimalist. . . . For Sasaki, minimalism isn't about how little you have, but how it makes you feel. Sasaki credits his minimalist lifestyle with helping him lose weight, become extroverted and proactive, and above all, feel happy and grateful for what he has.

— Heeseung Kim

Makes the case for radical minimalism . . . treat each of [Sasaki's] 70 tips as an opportunity to reevaluate how you use and why you keep the things in your home.
— Jenny Xie

Take your spring cleaning to the next level with Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki. A best-seller in Japan, this book uncovers why we want to own more than we need, what this mentality does to our well-being and how we can live better by owning less.

— Katie Neal

If you’ve ever felt bogged down by all of the things filling your life up with clutter then this is the book for you.
— C.A.

In a time of rampant consumerism, a new movement is preaching an alternative path — one that banishes all but the most fundamental and enriching consumer products from our lives. In Goodbye, Things, Fumio Sasaki recounts his conversion from reckless hoarder to hyper-mindful consumer, and offers advice to those seeking the same simple happiness that he found in minimalism.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393609035
ISBN-10: 0393609030
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 11th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English
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