Goodbye, Things

Goodbye, Things

The New Japanese Minimalism

Book - 2017
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Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert; he's just a regular guy who was stressed at work, insecure, and constantly comparing himself to others--until one day he decided to change his life by reducing his possessions to the bare minimum. The benefits were instantaneous and absolutely remarkable: without all his "stuff," Sasaki finally felt true freedom, peace of mind, and appreciation for the present moment.Goodbye, Things explores why we measure our worth by the things we own and how the new minimalist movement will not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. Along the way, Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering tips on the minimizing process and revealing the profound ways he has changed since he got rid of everything he didn't need. 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
Branch Call Number: 179.9 SASAKI
Characteristics: 259 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeWinnie Jul 15, 2017

A unique view of minimalism from a man's perspective.  Easy and encouraging tips on how to own less and live a more fulfilled life. I loved this book!

Saying goodbye to unneeded things can truly enrich your life.

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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.

Jul 28, 2017

Great book on how to achieve minimalism in a way that works for you. Also discusses all of the unexpected benefits of having less stuff.

A little repetitive in parts, but still a good read.

ArapahoeWinnie Jul 15, 2017

A unique view of minimalism from a man's perspective.  Easy and encouraging tips on how to own less and live a more fulfilled life. I loved this book!

May 22, 2017

I liked this minimalism book very much. The hardcover book I borrowed had pictures of different Japanese minimalists. Author Fumio Sasaki included several sections of different topics for his life changing journey and how to apply minimalism in your life if it's something you are considering. He had some great "lists" to read through for different valid points. One example was how you shouldn't worry about what others think of you as long as you are happy.

May 04, 2017

Another exploration of minimalism, but in addition to the basics, the author includes a number of interesting points focusing on how we create a story with our possessions to impress others, as well as the idea that the things we own are constantly whispering messages to us that can impact us negatively.


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