Goodbye, Things
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.

Goodbye, Things Details

TitleGoodbye, Things
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 11th, 2017
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
ISBN-139780393609035
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Audiobook, Philosophy

Goodbye, Things Review

  • 7jane
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a couple of books on minimalist lifestyle, and this is one of the best in my opinion. I especially like that all the photos included with the book are at the start, helps to make the book appealing. You can see from them not only single persons, but also a couple, a family and a traveling person's backpack contents (though only scarf can be counted as clothes in it, which leaves me wondering about the rest of the clothes that could be there).This includes the author's own pictures and I've read a couple of books on minimalist lifestyle, and this is one of the best in my opinion. I especially like that all the photos included with the book are at the start, helps to make the book appealing. You can see from them not only single persons, but also a couple, a family and a traveling person's backpack contents (though only scarf can be counted as clothes in it, which leaves me wondering about the rest of the clothes that could be there).This includes the author's own pictures and comments deeper in the book on how he made a journey from maximalist (lots of stuff) to minimalist one. He certainly has reached a satisfying point doing this, and offers now his thoughts and ideas on how to do it etc. First chapter defines what a minimalist is and what it means to be one, plus some reasons for its popularity. Second chapter talks about why we are (or have been) maximalists. In the third chapter we finally get ways to reduce our possessions. And in chapters four and five we read about positive changes that becoming minimalist has given to the author (and many others). Then there are very grateful, and unusually cute afterwords and thank-yous, plus finally two lists of the tips explained in the third chapter, handily attached at the end.The author benefited much from the change. No more need to compare himself to others, no heaviness of all the things, no feeling of 'my possessions = my worthiness', no dissatisfaction with bad habits. He relates to people better, feels grateful and happy easier, dares to try new things and experiences. This book is a Japanese point of view, but not too different. He's clearly a Steve Jobs fan *lol*I like that he stresses that each one of us can define our own level of minimalism. It's merely a method of reducing possessions to the one that are necessary and truly matter to us, and not owning just to pretend or 'someday I'll do' things. There is so repeat, but so lightly it didn't manage to annoy me at all. Everything is just said so cheerfully, calmly and not-pushy. The author clearly loves minimalism, and this letting go of things has none of the 'hello trees hello sky'-ism of the Konmari method (it is mentioned in the book, but briefly).I think that if you want only one book on minimalism and how to do it, it is this one.=Myself, I think I will aim somewhere in-between minimalism and the maximalist ends, for reasons. I like chairs and beds with legs (all the getting up from the floor is not my thing), want to own enough clothes to fill the washing machine properly (having just 3 shirts won't do),and my books, movies and music I prefer to have as visible things - I don't own these to show off, and do seriously cherish them; if I don't, they don't stay, no worries. So, perhaps I will own more than minimalism might be like, but getting rid of maximalism is perhaps the best intention for me now. Then again, who knows what the future will be like? :)
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  • Paul Secor
    January 1, 1970
    Some thoughts on Goodbye, Things:Mr. Sasaki writes about minimalism in maximalist manner. A good editor could have cut this book down to the length of a magazine article, added a few of the book's photographs, and nothing much would have been lost. In fact, the book could have almost been condensed to the "55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things" on the last few pages of the book. That would have been true minimalism. But then, Mr. Sasaki wouldn't have had a book to sell.Mr. Sasaki writes Some thoughts on Goodbye, Things:Mr. Sasaki writes about minimalism in maximalist manner. A good editor could have cut this book down to the length of a magazine article, added a few of the book's photographs, and nothing much would have been lost. In fact, the book could have almost been condensed to the "55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things" on the last few pages of the book. That would have been true minimalism. But then, Mr. Sasaki wouldn't have had a book to sell.Mr. Sasaki writes about people gaining an identity through the things they have. However, he's gained an identity as a minimalist by giving things up. In a way, it's the same deal - just going in another direction.Reading Goodbye Things, I felt as if I was listening to a combination TV preacher and motivational speaker. Minimalism is the one true religion and you can change your life for the better by converting to minimalism.Mr. Sasaki writes about being an alcoholic (he doesn't use the term but, to me, getting drunk every night and going to work hung over the next morning is being an alcoholic) before finding minimalism. If finding a minimalism lifestyle worked for him, that's great, but I doubt that it would be a common cure for alcoholism, as he implies. This book is an advertisement for Apple and its products. I could have done without that.All of that said, I did find some good points in the book, and reading it did make me think about my life and some changes I could make to it. I know that I have too many things cluttering up my life, and as I was reading, I found myself getting rid of some things I hadn't used in years and probably never would use.I also thought about buying things, often for no good reason. Until recently, I owned two watches - one with a black face and a black band, and one with a light colored face and a brown band. (I know people who don't even own a watch, and just look at their phone if they need to know the time.) The watch with the brown band started losing time after about 25 years, so I decided to replace it. I bought an relatively inexpensive but solid watch from L.L. Bean that I figure will last me for a good many years. If I had read this book a week ago, I would have stuck to one watch and would have been happy with it.Mr. Sasaki also writes about valuing things that we have and not growing tired of them because they're no longer new or novel. To me, that's a very important concept. There are things in our home that I value, and clothes that I enjoy wearing, even though they're far from being new.The book also makes the point that by placing less value on things and by becoming less attached and involved with those things, we may become more involved with the people in our lives. That's probably true and certainly a good thing. A good quote from the book: p.253: "Because I don't own very much, I have the luxury of time."In the end, I wasn't converted. I want to sleep on a real mattress on a bed. I like to read books with paper pages, not words illuminated on a screen. (If Mr. Sasaki reads non e-book books, it's only at the library, they don't seem to be welcome in his home.) I don't want to listen to recorded music played through computer speakers, or through ear buds or head phones. I no doubt have more clothes than I need (though I'm very far from being whatever the male version of a fashionista is called), but I enjoy changing what I wear. Three white shirts (shown in the photograph of Mr. Sasaki's closet) wouldn't do it for me. Another Goodreads reviewer of this book https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... quoted William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." That says it for me, much more so than minimalism does. My rating - five stars for the ideas presented - two stars for the manner in which they were presented - so three.
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    Sasaki’s photographs in the beginning of this book jolt one awake to what he means by minimalism. Some people are so radical that it makes the rest of us look like hoarders. But by the end of this very simply-written and superbly-argued short book, most of the arguments we have for cluttering our space and complicating our lives are defeated. One must recognize at some point that whatever dreams are mixed up in purchases we have made, the potential of the ideas quickly fade when not acted on imm Sasaki’s photographs in the beginning of this book jolt one awake to what he means by minimalism. Some people are so radical that it makes the rest of us look like hoarders. But by the end of this very simply-written and superbly-argued short book, most of the arguments we have for cluttering our space and complicating our lives are defeated. One must recognize at some point that whatever dreams are mixed up in purchases we have made, the potential of the ideas quickly fade when not acted on immediately, as in when the objects are “saved” for something we vaguely anticipate in the future. In the minimalist outlook, objects should do some kind of worthwhile duty, even if that duty is to make us happy, or please our senses. When objects become a burden, or chastise us by their silent immobility, collecting dust, literally taking up the space we need to breathe, we can give them away, throw them out, auction them off, or otherwise get them out of our lives so that some potential can grow back into our ideas. That means even books we bought with the intention to read but which make us sad every time we look at them.But don’t take my word for it. Sasaki really does have an answer for every possible objection you may have. For instance, #37. Discarding memorabilia is not the same as discarding memories. Sasaki quotes Tatsuya Nakazaki: “Even if we were to throw away photos and records that are filled with memorable moments, the past continues to exist in our memories…All the important memories that we have inside us will naturally remain.” I am not convinced this is so at every stage of life, but think there is a natural life to what we need in terms of archival items. If your children don’t want it, you don’t need to keep all of it. Keep the ones that matter only.Note that Sasaki recommends scanning documents like old letters that are important to you because you can’t go out and buy another if you find you were too radical in your culling. However, even the archival record becomes a burden when it becomes too large unless well-marked with dates, etc. He admits that letting go of those stored memories is a further step in true minimalist living.The freedom one experiences when one owns fewer things is undeniable. Sasaki expresses the joy he experiences when he visits a hotel or a friend who uses big bath towels. He’d limited himself to a microfiber quick-drying hand towel for all his household needs, and enjoyed the lack of big loads of washing at home and using big thick towels while he was out: a twofer of happiness.We are encouraged to find our own minimalism. Everyone has their own limits and definition. The author explains that #15. Minimalism is a method and a beginning. The concept is like a prologue and the act of minimizing is a story that each practitioner needs to create individually. We definitely don’t need all we have, and the things we own aren’t who we are. We are still us, underneath all the stuff. Some people will find this reassuring; others may find it disconcerting.At the end of this small book, Sasaki reminds us the clarity that comes with minimalism. Concentration is easier. Waste is minimized. Social relationships are enhanced. You don’t need forty seconds in a disaster to decide what to take. You live in the now.The translation of this book is fantastic, by Eriko Sugita. It does not read like a translation, but as an intimate sharing by someone who has been through the hard work of paring down one’s possessions so that his own personality shines through. It is a kind of gift. Even if one doesn’t throw a thing away (I heartily doubt that will be the case) after (or during) the reading of this book, the notions are seeds. Gratitude grows in the absence of things.
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  • Justin Tate
    January 1, 1970
    I’m now a minimalist.
  • Nguyễn Quang Vũ
    January 1, 1970
    Đầu tiên phải nói về cái Tít. Quyển này có tên tiếng Nhựt Bổn là: "ぼくたちに、もうモノは必要ない。 断捨離からミニマリストへ". Đương nhiên là tớ copy paste chứ hiểu chết liền luôn nếu không có thằng Google Translate. Ý cái Tít là: Không cần cái gì nữa, tối giản đi mà sống ... Đại khái thế. Xuất bản bằng tiếng Anh thì nó tên là "Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living". Nói chung là không có chữ nào liên quan đến việc cả nước Nhật sống như thế cả. Cơ mà dân nhà mình xính ngoại. Kiểu làm dạy con làm giàu thì học người Do Thái Đầu tiên phải nói về cái Tít. Quyển này có tên tiếng Nhựt Bổn là: "ぼくたちに、もうモノは必要ない。 断捨離からミニマリストへ". Đương nhiên là tớ copy paste chứ hiểu chết liền luôn nếu không có thằng Google Translate. Ý cái Tít là: Không cần cái gì nữa, tối giản đi mà sống ... Đại khái thế. Xuất bản bằng tiếng Anh thì nó tên là "Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living". Nói chung là không có chữ nào liên quan đến việc cả nước Nhật sống như thế cả. Cơ mà dân nhà mình xính ngoại. Kiểu làm dạy con làm giàu thì học người Do Thái (thế éo nào mà hình như cứ việc gì dân Do Thái làm thì mục đích chính luôn là để làm giàu, từ đọc sách đến đi ỉa, thề luôn); dạy con tự lập thì học người Mỹ; dạy con làm cái gì cũng giỏi và bá cmn đạo thì học người Nhật. Chỉ không biết có ai học người Việt mình cái gì không thôi. Chắc là học đánh nhau với bọn giãy chết thì OK.Quyển này thuộc thể loại life-style, mình đưa nó vào danh sách sách "thông-não" và "tự-giúp-mình". Nói chung là nó có tác động lên não thật. Nội dung chính là tư tưởng bỏ bớt đồ đạc đi, sống tối giản nhất có thể để tập trung tâm trí vào những việc mà mình quan tâm hơn. Não con người ta là một cỗ máy vi tính 50 ngàn năm nay chưa bao giờ được nâng cấp. Ổ cứng vẫn thế, Ram, CPU vẫn thế. Từ xưa đến nay nó chỉ có vậy mà không tiến hóa gì thêm. Vậy tại sao lại để cho những vật dụng lộn xộn bừa bộn không thể kiểm soát được chiếm mất cái dung lượng não bộ, vốn vẫn thế từ hàng chục ngàn năm nay, và trở vật cản trong cuộc sống của chúng ta. Fumio Sasaki đưa ra một con đường (trong cả vạn con đường) để dẫn đến sự an bình và hạnh phúc hơn trong cuộc sống. Con đường đó bắt đầu từ việc giảm bớt đồ đạc trong nhà.Mình hầu hết ủng hộ phong cách này. Nhưng giảm đến mức nào thì lại là một vấn đề. Mình nghi ngờ việc tác giả nói rằng mình là một người thích xem phim, nghe nhạc và đọc sách. Nếu là người thích xem phim, đặc biệt là điện ảnh thì chả bao giờ họ chấp nhận xem phim bằng cách đeo kính thực tại ảo cả. Nhất định là phải màn hình to và âm thanh lập thể. Dùng kính VR chỉ là bất đắc dĩ. Tương tự như vậy với đọc sách. Cảm giác cầm quyển sách giấy xịn, dù có cũ thì cũng vẫn khác với cầm cái Kindle để lướt. Đồng ý là kiến thức thì chả khác đếch gì nhau. Nhưng cảm giác là khác đấy. Mình không đời nào scan sách giấy để đọc trên Kindle cả. Máy đọc sách hoàn toàn chỉ để dùng khi nhỡ nhàng, đi du lịch hoặc để đọc những quyển không bán ở Việt Nam. Cũng có thể mình chưa đủ độ tối giản. Có lẽ phải chiêm nghiệm thêm trong tương lai.Nhưng nói chung, quyển này (và cả mấy tác phẩm có liên quan, VD như quyển "Nghệ thuật bài trí của người Nhật" của Marie Kondō) là rất đáng đọc và suy nghĩ. Mình cũng đã vứt đi được kha khá đồ và rõ ràng là cảm thấy nhẹ nhàng. Tương lai sẽ còn vứt tiếp. Nên nhớ, chẳng có cái gì là không thể vứt đi được. Cứ yên tâm là như thế.Vote: 4/5
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  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    Picked this up as a $1.99 audible book. I have been a minimalist so sorts for quite a while. In the Marines I could pack up everything I owned into two sea bags. Married, a kid, college (books) and I kind of lost it. Now with a life I could pack into a midsize hatchback (with a bike rack) I am back. Sasaki can physically pack up his life and move in 30 minutes. I can’t. He lives in a 200 square meter apartment. I like going to Ikea and have imagined I could be happy in one of their display micro Picked this up as a $1.99 audible book. I have been a minimalist so sorts for quite a while. In the Marines I could pack up everything I owned into two sea bags. Married, a kid, college (books) and I kind of lost it. Now with a life I could pack into a midsize hatchback (with a bike rack) I am back. Sasaki can physically pack up his life and move in 30 minutes. I can’t. He lives in a 200 square meter apartment. I like going to Ikea and have imagined I could be happy in one of their display micro apartments. Sasaki also ties personal happiness to minimalism in a logical discussion that is very believable. I do imagine it would be like a book on vegetarianism helping save the planet and the readers health to many people though. It is something many do not believe is natural. However, if the reader is curious and interested it is a great instructional book.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Fumio Sasaki takes minimalism to an entirely new level. I could not live in such a fundamental environment. I need beauty and plant life; my home is my sanctuary, not just a place to sleep. This lifestyle works for him and others, I am sure, but just not for me. I much prefer William Morris's quote "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
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  • Darwin8u
    January 1, 1970
    “Minimalism is built around the idea that there’s nothing that you’re lacking.” ― Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese MinimalismI wasn't a fan of the writing. Perhaps, I went in expecting more of a Zen minimalism asthetic. Perhaps, I am just comparing it to other design/living books that seemed to resonate better (S, M, L, XL, A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder, Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, etc.). By the end of the book, it all just “Minimalism is built around the idea that there’s nothing that you’re lacking.” ― Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese MinimalismI wasn't a fan of the writing. Perhaps, I went in expecting more of a Zen minimalism asthetic. Perhaps, I am just comparing it to other design/living books that seemed to resonate better (S, M, L, XL, A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder, Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, etc.). By the end of the book, it all just seemed overwritten/overhyped. So, 2-stars.It also seemed like a bit too self-help, too superficial, too list-oriented. I felt I was given a bunch of bullet points for tossing out things that never traveled very deep. I also (and I've seen this expressed by others) find it odd that a book on minimalism would have a list 55 items long. Perhaps, Sasaki could have slimmed that list down to 25? Some of the items seemed a bit redundant and others seemed a bit weak. Even Sasaki's explanation for they why, seemed a bit superficial. Also, I wasn't a fan of the corporate minimalism. He name-dropped Apple and Steve Jobs (also Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, etc) as if the New Japanese Minimalism existed in an app on the iPhone. Hell, it probably does.That all said, however, it DID encourage me to drop off a couple boxes of books to Goodwill and start ditching some dishes in our kitchen and clothes in our closet. So, I gave it an extra star (three-stars) for JUST that.
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  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy from Goodreads, and was, to be honest, skeptical at first. Hasn't Marie Kondo already turned the minimalism trend around? Sasaki's book is his own, however. He is a humble and honest guide throughout the book. Sasaki offers insights on minimalism through his own mind and life. I really enjoyed reading the book. It felt very cleansing, like taking a shower at the end of a long day.I took notes throughout the book, for personal reference. Here is a slice:* Our minds are I received an advanced copy from Goodreads, and was, to be honest, skeptical at first. Hasn't Marie Kondo already turned the minimalism trend around? Sasaki's book is his own, however. He is a humble and honest guide throughout the book. Sasaki offers insights on minimalism through his own mind and life. I really enjoyed reading the book. It felt very cleansing, like taking a shower at the end of a long day.I took notes throughout the book, for personal reference. Here is a slice:* Our minds are old, unequipped for technological overload. * You get used to things you buy. They're only new and shiny for a week or a month.* Why less possessions? You get less messages sent from them. Messages = the connotations. You know, that old composition notebook that's half written in. You don't want to waste the rest of the unwritten pages. You have to use it. Yes, you'll use it tomorrow for a grocery list. But there are so many pages left to finish writing in. Tomorrow comes, you forget to use it. And it still sits on your desk and you're still convinced you'll use it.
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not interested in becoming this extreme of a minimalist, nor did this book hold my attention, though I did finish it. This is super extreme...as in you only need one fork and nothing on the walls, as in you don’t need chairs if you “host” your friends at a local restaurant and use the local cafe as your living room. I found the sweeping generalization that you cannot lead a life of gratitude whilst owning a lot of things to be a little offputting, not to mention, very subjective.Overall, I d I’m not interested in becoming this extreme of a minimalist, nor did this book hold my attention, though I did finish it. This is super extreme...as in you only need one fork and nothing on the walls, as in you don’t need chairs if you “host” your friends at a local restaurant and use the local cafe as your living room. I found the sweeping generalization that you cannot lead a life of gratitude whilst owning a lot of things to be a little offputting, not to mention, very subjective.Overall, I didn’t care for the writing or the method. I couldn’t relate to much of this book because unlike the author, I don’t worry about what others think of me nor did I amass items to impress people or attempt to be like them. Also, I’m not sure how warm it is in Japan, but just the winter gear I packed away this weekend is easily more than every item the author owns. Also, the narrator sounded like an agitated American cop and that was just odd. 1.5 stars
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  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    January 1, 1970
    **I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**Nothing better than throwing out everything you own to make space for nothing. All you need is a bed that doubles as a couch, one set of dishes to cook and eat off of and one towel to dry said dishes and yourself off with. What an easy-peasy, simplified life.ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!?!?! ONE TOWEL FOR EVERYTHING?!?!?!That was the moment I realized a minimalist lifestyle was not for me. I know the author says to each their own an **I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**Nothing better than throwing out everything you own to make space for nothing. All you need is a bed that doubles as a couch, one set of dishes to cook and eat off of and one towel to dry said dishes and yourself off with. What an easy-peasy, simplified life.ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!?!?! ONE TOWEL FOR EVERYTHING?!?!?!That was the moment I realized a minimalist lifestyle was not for me. I know the author says to each their own and not everyone will go as lean as others and they for sure are not required to. That a person should make living with less work for them in their own way and all that but seriously…one freaking towel. That towel stands for everything I own that is a comfort object. I work hard to have what I deem necessary and for what I enjoy. I want a towel to dry my dishes with and I want a separate extremely fluffy huge ass towel to dry my bum with. I want to walk around in that towel, lay around in that towel, wrap that towel around my hair and just be cuddly, warm and happy in it however I want. I do not want said towel to dry off a freshly washed glass after coming in contact with my ass, just like I do not want said towel to wipe down the counter and then my face. NOPE. NOT HAPPENING.I get that throwing out stuff does simplify life but like most things in life, going to the extreme is not the best way to have at it. I see that saving money by not owning all of the crap frees you up to travel, to work less, pursue hobbies you love and so on, but what if owning a super comfy towel is one of the things you love most? Said towel is not a status symbol for me, it didn’t cost me a lot of money and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It is the thing I seek and enjoy after a nice long hot shower. It stands for the simple things I appreciate the most in life. The basic little things that make it all worth it, the things our mind defaults to in a pinch.Wow…that was quite a rant. Pretty sure I am arguing against nothing and I probably missed the main point of the book somewhere along the way or I received it and didn’t care. I’m going to go with option two here because I feel like the length of the book was a bit much and it pulled my mind away from the main point. Which is kind of comical considering the book is supposed to be about less being more. I think my rant is just me trying to entertain myself because I usually do agree with the subject matter’s line of thinking. I love throwing/giving away my excess and do try to live with only what I need and ENJOY (emphasis on enjoy). This read just didn’t do it for me and has been relegated to the not-helping-me-at-all pile of self-help books.
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  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    January 1, 1970
    So you thought Marie Kondo was funny when she told us to get rid of the garbage in our homes and to only keep the stuff that gave us "sparks of joy"? Well, Fumio Sasaki goes deeper - he says it's awesome that there are things that give us those "sparks of joy" and he tells us to get rid of them all!!! Fumio is a minimalist and I dare say an extremist too - he got rid of 95% of the stuff he used to own, including hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs, expensive multimedia devices and fancy clothes and man So you thought Marie Kondo was funny when she told us to get rid of the garbage in our homes and to only keep the stuff that gave us "sparks of joy"? Well, Fumio Sasaki goes deeper - he says it's awesome that there are things that give us those "sparks of joy" and he tells us to get rid of them all!!! Fumio is a minimalist and I dare say an extremist too - he got rid of 95% of the stuff he used to own, including hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs, expensive multimedia devices and fancy clothes and many other pretty and pricey things, together with the big apartment that stored it all. I think that's really impressive, even if I don't want to follow his steps. Fumio says many interesting things in his book - about many sides of owning things and how this owning becomes a burden at some point and even a blockage for our energy, dreams and ambitions and even our self esteem. He's a follower of danshari - which means decluttering not just as a home cleaning ritual but a whole lifestyle. Together with Naoki Numahata Sasaki writes a blog, but the text is all in Japanese, alas, so here's the link to the article about mr Numahata and his many minimalist friends https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/... , google about Sasaki yourself. And here's one about danshari https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/... if you care to learn more about it. Because I do. :)My only problem with the book was that it needed a stricter editor, so it would avoid unnecessary repeating. We surely learn better through repeating, but this one was supposed to be minimalist, wasn't it?
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  • Prashasti
    January 1, 1970
    “The things you own end up owning you.”-—TYLER DURDEN, FIGHT CLUBI strongly recommend this book to all!For anyone who struggles hard to let go of their materialistic possessions or their maximalist self, the author says- the more things you have, the more you accumulate. You’ll never be satisfied when trapped in this cycle; it will only make you want more and more. It’s like a monster that becomes hungrier and hungrier as it eats. Wetiko is a Native American word, literally translated as “man-ea “The things you own end up owning you.”-—TYLER DURDEN, FIGHT CLUBI strongly recommend this book to all!For anyone who struggles hard to let go of their materialistic possessions or their maximalist self, the author says- the more things you have, the more you accumulate. You’ll never be satisfied when trapped in this cycle; it will only make you want more and more. It’s like a monster that becomes hungrier and hungrier as it eats. Wetiko is a Native American word, literally translated as “man-eater,” which refers to a mental disorder in which you want more than you need. This disorder destroys people’s lives.I think owning aesthetic objects gives us a false sense of fulfillment and makes us feel entitled some way, we think it makes us happy but it doesn't work in long-term, they're there to fulfill our senses and not to cure our satiation.The author has very simplistically explained the art of Minimalism in this book. He convinces that each one of us needs to learn it & apply it in our lives. When he gave examples of Mother Teresa, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, Lionel Messi, Mahatma Gandhi I instantly realized how we are overshadowed by people's accomplishments rather, but fail to retrospect the lifestyles that lead them to success & make them what they are...and of course, all of these aforementioned personalities are minimalists.Minimalism is beautiful & I strongly believe that "We find our originality when we own less" .When I just started reading this book I felt like I was dragged in an existential crisis, I mean I'm 21 and suddenly I started contemplating everything & all about how I was leading my life until that very moment. It's crazy how books possess the power to metamorphose your psyche in seconds.But, as I immersed in and reached towards the end I realized I was rather been pulled out of it.I've always found myself deeply connected to Japan, be it the religion, language, culture, literature or even music. I really admire some of their teachings, which are rather modernistic even if wrapped in traditions. And so, when I came across this book, I was instantly bedazzled to learn more about "minimalism", though I've known about it before from various sources like Pinterest, lifestyle blogs or interior decorators I wasn't really familiarized by the concept but again, the zen ideology per se isn't completely new to me, I'd like to thank my mum for that, for being the first person to introduce me to it.I'm basically a hoarder of all sorts of knick-knacks ( & a BIG book hoarder ), I think that how I naturally am & it'd always been like that...since my childhood, I felt deeply attached not just to people, animals, places but also to inanimate things like my first digital camera, the greeting card my best friend made for me, the sweater I used to wear as a 4-year-old kid, the shells I found at the shore, the postal stamps, the different currency notes/coins, and the list is probably never-ending. But it wasn't much before I read this book that I was lectured by my mum one day, how I need to let go of all the things that I've been excessively clinging to. She probably didn't know that there's this thing called "minimalism" and people legit practice it but she's always tried to teach me these things mentioned in the book ( which back then and still today, dreaded to change, anyway ). After much angst, I once sold all my old Reader Digests, disposed of unnecessary clutter and many other things that I religiously preserved in my closet/wardrobe for years. I actually felt lighter & I can't possibly explain it in words. Having parted with the bulk of my belongings, I felt true contentment with my day-to-day life. It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything. —TYLER DURDEN, FIGHT CLUBI think this book just forced me to think and have encouraged me to bring this major lifestyle change and practice clearance of things I no longer need, at regular intervals in my life. I'm already on my way to become a minimalist.
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  • Bach Tran Quang
    January 1, 1970
    Mấy hôm khủng hoảng, đau đầu, không trách trời trách đất, chỉ tự xem lại mình, nhắn nhủ bản thân những điều đã quên trong suốt thời gian đầu tắt mặt tối đã qua và đọc sách.Cuốn này rất thú vị. Thực ra bản thân đã áp dụng trong gia đình từ lâu rồi, điển hình cho sự thay đổi này là mẹ. Những gì cũ nát, lâu không dùng đến, những bộ quần áo không mặc, đồ bài trí không cần thiết đều đã được giải tán, ủng hộ hết. Nhà cửa không ngồn ngộn đồ, nhìn như triển lãm nữa, khách khứa chỉ ngắm một lần nhưng khô Mấy hôm khủng hoảng, đau đầu, không trách trời trách đất, chỉ tự xem lại mình, nhắn nhủ bản thân những điều đã quên trong suốt thời gian đầu tắt mặt tối đã qua và đọc sách.Cuốn này rất thú vị. Thực ra bản thân đã áp dụng trong gia đình từ lâu rồi, điển hình cho sự thay đổi này là mẹ. Những gì cũ nát, lâu không dùng đến, những bộ quần áo không mặc, đồ bài trí không cần thiết đều đã được giải tán, ủng hộ hết. Nhà cửa không ngồn ngộn đồ, nhìn như triển lãm nữa, khách khứa chỉ ngắm một lần nhưng không gian sống thì tù túng và mọi thành viên đều va với nó hàng ngày nên sự thay đổi này thật ý nghĩa.Tối giản không có nghĩa là vứt đi hết, là mù quáng chạy theo tuyên ngôn nào đó. Chừng nào hiểu được thứ gì cần, không cần, biết đủ trong mức đủ. Âu là hiểu ra vấn đề.Buông bỏ, mới là thanh thản.
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  • Opat
    January 1, 1970
    hadeh.itu kata men-summarize buku ini. baikla karna saya sudah bilang mau nggambleh di sini jadi saya tulis ya.tidak ada yang salah dengan kehidupan minimalis endebray-endebray. kalau disuruh pilih mau hidup minimalis atau maksimalis, jelas saya pilih minimalis. karena apa? karena menurut saya lebih bersih, lebih gampang bersih-bersihnya, lebih irit, dan yang berlebihan itu tidak baik, bukan?soal hidup minimalis ini juga sudah lama kok di Indonesia. cuma ya gegap gempitanya di dunia perbukuan ke hadeh.itu kata men-summarize buku ini. baikla karna saya sudah bilang mau nggambleh di sini jadi saya tulis ya.tidak ada yang salah dengan kehidupan minimalis endebray-endebray. kalau disuruh pilih mau hidup minimalis atau maksimalis, jelas saya pilih minimalis. karena apa? karena menurut saya lebih bersih, lebih gampang bersih-bersihnya, lebih irit, dan yang berlebihan itu tidak baik, bukan?soal hidup minimalis ini juga sudah lama kok di Indonesia. cuma ya gegap gempitanya di dunia perbukuan keknya baru-baru ini saat Marie Kondo mulai ngehitz dan memberikan petuah-petuah bagaimana membuang benda-bendamu yang nirmanfaat. dan pastinya buku ini akan dibandingkan dengan si Mbak Marie itu. Saya baik-baik saja sama bukunya Mbak Marie. Bukan berarti saya setuju 100% tapi itu buku yang cukup menyenangkan karena berupa tips tips yang mungkin bisa dipraktikkan.Nah buku ini?hadeh.Ekspektasi saya adalah karena Mas Fumio ini minimalisnya cukup ekstrim, saya pengen tau tuh gimana cara hidupnya. Saya pun sudah pernah baca artikelnya dan kayaknya waktu itu ya saya biasa-biasa aja. tapi buku ini ternyata bikin saya kzl. Buku ini lebih tepat kalau judulnya "Mengapa saya membuang barang-barang saya" instead of "hidup minimalis ala orang jepang" karena apa? karena orang jepang tu sakjane ga minimal2 amat, kedua ini mah cuma curhatan mas-e yang hadeh ini.Inti dari buku ini adalah Mas Fumio yang dulu punya barang sak ndayak koplak lalu tidak bahagia. Kenapa Mas Fumio punya barang uwakeh semacam meja makan besar, home theater, ruang gelap untuk mencuci film, banyak gitar, dan benda-benda yang kayaknya udah bisa menuhi 1 toko ACE Hardware. Lalu dia tidak bahagia.YAIYALAH wong dia beli barang-barang itu karena penuh pretensi dan tendensi.Lalu dia membuang barang-barangnya dan lalu dia bahagia.Dan lalu dia ngajak orang-orang untuk buang-buang barang supaya bahagia.Yang adalah...hadeh.Tentu, saya setuju akan pendapat gak semua benda atau materi bikin bahagia. Atau kita tidak boleh boros lalala yeyeye, tapi rasanya membaca buku berupa kegundahan mas-mas boros lalu ngongkon-ngongkon ngguwak-ngguwak ki apa banget. Kalo kata Kak Vera di komentarnya saat saya baca buku ini, kok bisa sih buku kayak gini diterbitin. HAIYA, KOK BISA SIH.Makanya saya tuh nggak suka banget sama pendapat orang yang dikit-dikit nyuruh orang lain nulis buku. Nulis ya nulis. Nerbitin buku itu beda lagi (lho ini ngelantur tapi gapapa saya kan emang suka ngelantur).Saya setuju banget kebahagiaan itu bisa diraih dari hal-hal sederhana. Tapi ada juga lho yang bukan dari hal sederhana. Dan dia aja buang semua bukunya kok nerbitin buku yang berharap orang beli.Untuk sebuah blog atau curhatan teman, mungkin oke.Tapi untuk jadi buku... hadeh.
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  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    January 1, 1970
    If you find the Konmari approach to tidying and reducing possessions a little too strict or kooky, then Goodbye, Things might be a good alternative (and a decent introduction to minimalism). I'm not a minimalist, but I'm increasingly finding that shedding my unneccesary possessions is making me happier and more satisfied.I liked that this book focuses quite a bit on the psychological and emotional benefits of reducing what you own. It's a very personal testament to how minimalism can improve one If you find the Konmari approach to tidying and reducing possessions a little too strict or kooky, then Goodbye, Things might be a good alternative (and a decent introduction to minimalism). I'm not a minimalist, but I'm increasingly finding that shedding my unneccesary possessions is making me happier and more satisfied.I liked that this book focuses quite a bit on the psychological and emotional benefits of reducing what you own. It's a very personal testament to how minimalism can improve one's quality of life. It's very anecdotal. I was surprised that even though I've read little about minimalism, I already knew quite a bit of what the author describes. To me, a lot of it seemed to be about self-awareness and checking your ego. Separating yourself from your possessions is a journey, and after a while, if you keep going, you are forced to see yourself very clearly... warts and all.
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  • Gattalucy
    January 1, 1970
    Non l'ho finito: l'ho buttato! Se devo far spazio nella mia vita liberandomi di cose superflue, questo libro è stato il primo esempio.
  • lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I hate-read this book for fun. I don't aspire to minimalism, but I would like to get rid of a lot of the stuff in my life. I got a bit out of reading the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and was expecting more along those lines. This book however made Marie Kondo seem like a very reasonable person, and her idea of what to have in your home cozy and comfortable by comparison. The minimalism advocated for in this book is stark and lifeless. A photo of the ideal room was literally an empty room. I hate-read this book for fun. I don't aspire to minimalism, but I would like to get rid of a lot of the stuff in my life. I got a bit out of reading the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and was expecting more along those lines. This book however made Marie Kondo seem like a very reasonable person, and her idea of what to have in your home cozy and comfortable by comparison. The minimalism advocated for in this book is stark and lifeless. A photo of the ideal room was literally an empty room. It feels like some twisted attempt at being the most minimal minimalist ever. And as with many efforts at intentional minimalism, there is an inherent, often unexamined, privilege that one needs to have to live this way.
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  • Ksenia
    January 1, 1970
    I've read this book in Norwegian. The English version is not available just yet, so I chose to read in Norwegian. It can be divided in two parts: useful and not useful. Tips are okay and interesting and rewarding to follow. As a minimalist myself, I have already tried a lot of things listed in the book. An author, however, goes to extreme version of minimalistic approach to life, trying to persuade us to come with him. Someone might find it okay, someone might be taken aback. To be honest, the w I've read this book in Norwegian. The English version is not available just yet, so I chose to read in Norwegian. It can be divided in two parts: useful and not useful. Tips are okay and interesting and rewarding to follow. As a minimalist myself, I have already tried a lot of things listed in the book. An author, however, goes to extreme version of minimalistic approach to life, trying to persuade us to come with him. Someone might find it okay, someone might be taken aback. To be honest, the whole thing could be twice less than it is. Author repeats himself. He goes from proclaiming prosperity to writing things, after which you just want to hug a poor fellow. I guess he's not in terms with himself just yet. I wish him the best. And one thing more: you won't like it if you're tired of accolades for Steve Jobs. This book is full of them. And sometimes they are excessively horrible. TL;DRA simple book from a guy who seems just looking for something in his life. Practical tips are useful, other things are not (even too much of empty philosophising). Too much Steve Jobs. The book could be twice less its size because the author tends to repeat himself.
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  • Philippe
    January 1, 1970
    Recently I had a 'moment of truth'. We switched houses after almost 25 years at the same place. We knew the whole operation was going to be a challenge because of the thousands of books that had accumulated in that period. However, it turned out the books were easy enough. What really got to us was the thick layer of debris upon which our daily lives had been pullulating. Partly things that had some measure of utility, partly obsolete stuff we had forgotten about and had no connection with at al Recently I had a 'moment of truth'. We switched houses after almost 25 years at the same place. We knew the whole operation was going to be a challenge because of the thousands of books that had accumulated in that period. However, it turned out the books were easy enough. What really got to us was the thick layer of debris upon which our daily lives had been pullulating. Partly things that had some measure of utility, partly obsolete stuff we had forgotten about and had no connection with at all. We had been carting a few minivan loads to the recycling park when the weekend came. The park closed and we kept hauling stuff out of the house. By mid-day Tuesday an enormous amount of junk had been collected, ready to be disposed. It was a disheartening experience that got all of us thinking. We're ready now to adopt a more considerate and sustainable lifestyle in our new house. In those circumstances it is no surprise that Sasaki's report on a minimalist lifestyle caught my eye (I purchased the Kindle version, to be on the safe side). It's a refreshing read that communicates its enthusiasm about a new-found happiness and contentment with adolescent fervor. But Sasaki is not dogmatic. Important is the message that minimalism is a means to be a better quality of life, not an end in itself. It's not only about disposing things, also minding the cleanliness of your information environment, and living more mindfully overall. Minimalism has the potential to be cheaper, healthier, more time efficient and more ecologically sustainable. If practiced in the right way, it has the potential to impart a sense of freedom that is truly empowering. Sasaki also stresses that there is no gold standard of minimalism. Everyone has to find out what his or her personal brand of minimalism is. Personally I have no ambition to doggedly follow Sasaki's instructions. Simpler living will already do fine, thank you. For a start, I have no intention to part with our library. The massive presence of books invariably lends a house a very particular liveliness. It's a standing invitation to engage in intellectual and sensory adventure. It's true that the presence of a large number of books may lead to sloppy reading habits (and one has to be particularly careful with being egged on by 'reading challenges' à la GR). But that sloppiness has less to do with ownership than with the mutually reinforcing factors of a general sense of directionlessness and lack of time.Sasaki's 'On Minimalist Living' is also a very practical book. The author's report on his personal experience is helpful in alleviating the bad conscience or tempering the paradoxical fervor that gets hold of you when you get in the flow of throwing things away. All in all a timely and inspirational read.
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  • Trừng Duyên
    January 1, 1970
    Ơ hay lắm, không thất vọng xíu nào luôn. Trước đây cứ mỗi lần chuyển phòng là phải 20 chuyến xe máy dù cách nhau có 1-2 cây số. Thế mới thấy nhục. Nhiều lần có ý định chuyển nhà mà do đống đồ nên ngại cực. Thôi, khi nào đi học kiểu gì cũng bán sạch để sống cho thoải mái. Hồi nhỏ cũng thần tượng lắm kiểu sống cả tuần mặc mỗi 1 cái áo của anh Mark hay trong Noblesse, mà thật ra mình cũng xài rất ít quần áo, thế mà chẳng hiểu sao áo quần cứ chất đống lên trong phòng, khiến cái phòng 15m2 không có m Ơ hay lắm, không thất vọng xíu nào luôn. Trước đây cứ mỗi lần chuyển phòng là phải 20 chuyến xe máy dù cách nhau có 1-2 cây số. Thế mới thấy nhục. Nhiều lần có ý định chuyển nhà mà do đống đồ nên ngại cực. Thôi, khi nào đi học kiểu gì cũng bán sạch để sống cho thoải mái. Hồi nhỏ cũng thần tượng lắm kiểu sống cả tuần mặc mỗi 1 cái áo của anh Mark hay trong Noblesse, mà thật ra mình cũng xài rất ít quần áo, thế mà chẳng hiểu sao áo quần cứ chất đống lên trong phòng, khiến cái phòng 15m2 không có mấy khoảng trống cho người ở, khiến nhiêu lúc bí bách kinh khủng..."Có một cách để bạn thấy bất hạnh chỉ trong giây lát. Đó là so sánh mình với người khác.""Còn giờ đây, khi đã vứt hết giá sách đi rồi, tôi lại có thể tập trung vào một quyển duy nhất mà tôi muốn đọc. Kết quả là số sách tôi đọc còn nhiều hơn cả trước đây.""Tôi đã gặp nhiều người sống tối giản và không có ai trong số họ là người béo cả."
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    More memoir than self-help, actually, as so much of what he says does *not* apply universally. And all his 'research' is just reported, there are no notes, bibliography, etc.Given that, he's got some great insights here. And each reader will find different bits of value to him or her. And it's short and gracefully written/ translated, so get it from your library if you're interested; give it a go.I liked the photos in the beginning of five different 'cases'--different people's examples. Incomple More memoir than self-help, actually, as so much of what he says does *not* apply universally. And all his 'research' is just reported, there are no notes, bibliography, etc.Given that, he's got some great insights here. And each reader will find different bits of value to him or her. And it's short and gracefully written/ translated, so get it from your library if you're interested; give it a go.I liked the photos in the beginning of five different 'cases'--different people's examples. Incomplete, but interesting.And the suggestion that "Minimalism is not a goal.... [but] a method for individuals to find the things that are genuinely important to them."Questionable is the assertion that "Ninety-five percent of [the 60K thoughts we have in a day] is made up of the same things we'd been thinking about the day before., and 80 percent of those thoughts are believed to be negative.""The joy of victory only lasts three hours..." but we stew over defeat much longer.... This bit is meant to suggest that the joy of acquisition is brief, and we shop for stuff because we need constant stimuli. But if that's the case, then we especially need to remember the above "minimalism is not a goal' because 'achieving a minimal lifestyle' will be a similar triumph leading only to a brief period of happiness....I do like "If it's not a 'hell, yes!' it's a 'no'."And I see that as connected to his suggestion to "Discard it even if it sparks joy." In his case, discarding a treasured souvenir has prompted him to focus on the journeys themselves, instead of shopping for souvenirs. "And what is life if not a journey?"I don't think I'd ever be quite as ruthless as he is, but then I'm minimalizing not to change my attitude towards life so much as just being able to be more mobile upon retirement (which is coming up soon enough to be a concrete goal and not just a 'someday' dream).We can get used to inconveniences. My example: So what if you have only one pair of scissors. If you need them to open a package in the kitchen, it's ok to walk over to the desk in the living room and fetch them. (currently I probably have at least seven different pairs in the house and though some are somewhat specialized I'm sure I could cut back!).Mostly I really like the emphasis on the fact that when we have things, we have to take care of them. Even if we don't have tchotchkes or projects that are collecting dust (the author's camera collection and darkroom, for example) or clothes that don't fit, we almost certainly have stuff that we don't need to distract us from our real goals in life & joy. Think of it this way. If there was a big earthquake or fire, how much of what you have would you feel the need to replace? And how long would you mourn for the things you lost? Well, that's some of what I enjoyed from the book. I'm off to see what other people found insightful.
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  • Paul A.
    January 1, 1970
    The sections "The 55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things" and "the 15 more tips for the next stage of your minimalist journey" were worth the price of admission.The "before" and "after" pictures were a nice touch.The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because it could have been tighter; the book could have have benefited from a stricter edit. His explanation of what is essentially hedonic adaptation (in the section called "Why do we accumulate so much in the first place? The sections "The 55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things" and "the 15 more tips for the next stage of your minimalist journey" were worth the price of admission.The "before" and "after" pictures were a nice touch.The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because it could have been tighter; the book could have have benefited from a stricter edit. His explanation of what is essentially hedonic adaptation (in the section called "Why do we accumulate so much in the first place?") could be 50% shorter. Most of us who pick up a book on minimalism pretty much know that we'd like to get rid of unnecessary things. We want to cut to the chase and learn the "how" of letting go. Overall, Sasaki seems like a nice, likable, spiritual and thoughtful guy, and his disarming candor (he became a minimalist because of his "overly cluttered pigpen") will win you over. There are gems of wisdom strewn throughout the book. The things you own end up owning you, he says, and too many things suck out the "chi" (or life force that flows through everything) in you. He makes a convincing case that getting rid of unnecessary possessions has vastly improved his life -- and he has even dropped more than 20 lbs. If you're serious about decluttering, this book will inspire you.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    The strengths of this book are in the psychological and philosophical insights and the general, sometimes practical principles of minimalist living. The author is a young single professional in Tokyo, and his chosen style of minimalism is basically monastic. But he doesn't preach that style or suggest it's for everyone. So his story isn't an inspirational how-to for most western readers. There is no joy sparking (though he has opinions about that), there are no packing parties, nor encouragement The strengths of this book are in the psychological and philosophical insights and the general, sometimes practical principles of minimalist living. The author is a young single professional in Tokyo, and his chosen style of minimalism is basically monastic. But he doesn't preach that style or suggest it's for everyone. So his story isn't an inspirational how-to for most western readers. There is no joy sparking (though he has opinions about that), there are no packing parties, nor encouragements to use minimalism as a way to live your religious values, or to live out of a backpack all around the world. There are so many ways to come at minimalism now, a flavor for everyone. This book fills another corner of the market, and by that I don't mean it's for single urban men. While his story is own interesting and valuable, his insights and reflections are the point of the book. Yes, it's inspiring, in a deeply thoughtful way. Recommended for anyone interested in this topic at a level beyond "grab three boxes and ask yourself....". This isn't that kind of book.
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  • Kris
    January 1, 1970
    "For a minimalist, the objective isn't to reduce, it's to eliminate distractions so they can focus on the things that are truly important."17. Organizing is not minimizing.24. Let go of the idea of getting your money’s worth.31. Think of stores as your personal warehouses.43. What if you started from scratch?34. If you lost it, would you buy it again?19. Leave your unused space empty.45. Discard anything that creates visual noise.+. Question the conventional way you’re supposed to use things.+. "For a minimalist, the objective isn't to reduce, it's to eliminate distractions so they can focus on the things that are truly important."17. Organizing is not minimizing.24. Let go of the idea of getting your money’s worth.31. Think of stores as your personal warehouses.43. What if you started from scratch?34. If you lost it, would you buy it again?19. Leave your unused space empty.45. Discard anything that creates visual noise.+. Question the conventional way you’re supposed to use things.+. Find your unique uniform.46. One in, one out.9. Start with things that are clearly junk.10. Minimize anything you have in multiples.11. Get rid of it if you haven’t used it in a year.22. Discard the things you have already forgotten about.23. Don’t get creative when you’re trying to discard things.14. Take photos of the things that are tough to part with.37. Discarding memorabilia is not the same as discarding memories.39. Our homes aren’t museums; they don’t need collections.53. Keep the gratitude.[Updated: Dec 12, 2017]
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  • Emma Sea
    January 1, 1970
    Sasaki's "new Japanese minimalism" relies on a) living in a 24-hour metropolis so you can go out to buy something at 2am at an all-night store if you urgently need something b) a culture that offers rentable suitcases and c) steady, reliable full-time work with sufficient disposable income so you can afford to rent a suitcase, or buy anything you can't rent, which you will give away or sell (at a large loss) whenever you are done with it. Also being a 35-year-old single man helps. But in amongst Sasaki's "new Japanese minimalism" relies on a) living in a 24-hour metropolis so you can go out to buy something at 2am at an all-night store if you urgently need something b) a culture that offers rentable suitcases and c) steady, reliable full-time work with sufficient disposable income so you can afford to rent a suitcase, or buy anything you can't rent, which you will give away or sell (at a large loss) whenever you are done with it. Also being a 35-year-old single man helps. But in amongst all that there was some good stuff. Like, if you've thought about getting rid of something 5 times, just get rid of it. Still, I don't rec: overall it was just barely OK.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Such a good book. This is not just about minimizing. It's about changing your whole mind frame about your stuff and stuff in general. You can also replace the word "stuff" for the word "life" in that last sentence. Since this is a book about minimalism, I don't want to be too wordy. I just want to say that I agree with Sasaki-san that we should throw out all the superfluous stuff, and it's all superfluous stuff. 5 stars.
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  • Cody
    January 1, 1970
    Tyler Durden: You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your f*cking khakis.The first time I watched "Fight Club" in my late teens it presented a sort of resolution and relief to my own ideas of material possession. I imagine it's worse now for teenagers, with the latest iPhone, Xbox, or other self-indulgent gadget on the market, combined with the need for social media expression. Goodbye Tyler Durden: You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your f*cking khakis.The first time I watched "Fight Club" in my late teens it presented a sort of resolution and relief to my own ideas of material possession. I imagine it's worse now for teenagers, with the latest iPhone, Xbox, or other self-indulgent gadget on the market, combined with the need for social media expression. Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki is a timely yet simplistic layer to the continuing argument over grand material ownership.For his credit Sasaki has a lot of great ideas, even if I don't fully agree with each and every one of them. Sasaki credits Steve Jobs in part with helping achieve his minimalist lifestyle, and while Jobs himself was a true minimalist allowing him to do incredible things, he's also a double-edged sword to the conversation of minimalism. The Macbook, iPhone, iPad, and iPod are status symbols now, releasing new and improved products so often it's easy to lose track. I carried a beat-up old Dell due to being poor, and wasn't able to even afford a smartphone until way down the road, much to the amusement of the people around me carrying these very Apple products. Don't get me wrong, I own a Macbook and iPod now, because like Sasaki they help me, but in a way they contradict the important message he has presented (along with Durden) about the unhappy nature of items owning their owner. Other interesting perspective Sasaki offers is the digitalisation of old photos, allowing for less clutter. I own a few photo albums which I treasure, but when I digitalised some of them, they almost lost the same appreciation/memory as to when I was holding the photograph or old Polaroid in my hand. This is maybe a more personal perspective, but holding that photo made the memory more "real" as opposed to keeping it on a USB or computer drive. Perhaps I'm in the minority here?Appreciation is giving to Sasaki's point of the gratitude given to what you already own, not what you want, along with the Buddhist Five Reflections chant, expressing an understanding of what is before you and how it got there. There can be a middle ground between item ownership and true minimalism, and it's important to understand that, not simply decide between the two at the fork in the road. In some way it's okay to have certain things own you, just make sure the items in question are important enough for the right reasons.
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  • Hải Lưu
    January 1, 1970
    Quyển này nên đọc Hết mục lục, rồi thôi!Viết rất kiểu Nhật Bản - tức là kiểu ĐƯƠNG NHIÊN ĐÚNG
  • Phạm Ngọc Hà
    January 1, 1970
    1. Cuốn sách cũng đã tạo được cảm hứng về một sự thay đổi. Thực ra, đây là một cuốn sách về vứt đồ (tên tiếng Anh: Things: Goodbye!). Chỉ bằng việc vứt đồ, con người có thể sống vui vẻ hơn, tiết kiệm hơn, thật thà hơn, khoẻ hơn. Không còn cuộc chạy đua mệt mỏi tìm kiếm tiền tài và các giá trị vật chất, một cuộc đua mất cả đời người chẳng xong. Có những thứ tưởng như không thể thay đổi, như là vận mệnh cố hữu gắn chặt với đời mình vậy, nhưng chỉ nhờ biết cách bỏ bớt đồ đạc, người ta cũng có thể t 1. Cuốn sách cũng đã tạo được cảm hứng về một sự thay đổi. Thực ra, đây là một cuốn sách về vứt đồ (tên tiếng Anh: Things: Goodbye!). Chỉ bằng việc vứt đồ, con người có thể sống vui vẻ hơn, tiết kiệm hơn, thật thà hơn, khoẻ hơn. Không còn cuộc chạy đua mệt mỏi tìm kiếm tiền tài và các giá trị vật chất, một cuộc đua mất cả đời người chẳng xong. Có những thứ tưởng như không thể thay đổi, như là vận mệnh cố hữu gắn chặt với đời mình vậy, nhưng chỉ nhờ biết cách bỏ bớt đồ đạc, người ta cũng có thể thay đổi được luôn. Ví dụ như tính lười. Ít đồ, mỗi khi dọn dẹp đỡ vất vả hơn, đỡ ngán mỗi khi tới lúc phải dọn, cảm hứng sống tăng lên trong chính ngôi nhà thân thuộc, thế là tự dưng hết lười, có khi lại còn mê dọn nhà nữa ấy chứ.2. Mình nghĩ những người đọc cuốn này "vào" nhất, sẽ là những người từng ham tha lôi đồ đạc về nhà, ham mua sắm tích trữ, mua mới hay lưu giữ đồ đạc vì cảm xúc tinh thần, kiểu món đồ này sẽ tăng thêm niềm vui cho mình, hay giữ lại món đồ này chính là trân trọng kỉ niệm... Đó chính là những miêu tả về mình, cũng là miêu tả về tác giả của thời gian trước đây, hay bất kỳ ai khác, những người từng mắc kẹt trong đồ đạc, không ham vật chất nhưng tình cờ bị cuốn theo vật chất vì niềm tin ngây thơ đồ đạc chứa/ảnh hưởng rất lớn tới cảm xúc con người.Những người như thế tìm thấy ở đây một hy vọng thoát ra khỏi đống đồ đang ngày một chất đầy xung quanh, cũng như thoát khỏi các khía cạnh tính cách hơi bê bối của mình. :)3. Tuy nhiên rất nhiều ý trong cuốn sách mình đã gặp ở cuốn của KonMari. Mà khổ cái, mình thấy sách của KonMari hay hơn, nội dung phong phú, thiết thực và ít khuyên bảo hơn nhiều. Chắc do mình đọc nó trước.4. Cuốn này, không biết có phải do mình nôn nóng đọc cho nhanh xong không, mà càng về cuối càng dài dòng và nhàm chán. Mình đồ rằng với kiểu đọc của mình, đoạn cuối sách nếu vẫn giữ lối trình bày, lập luận và những tinh thần như đã quen biết trong đoạn đầu sách thì sẽ gây chán nản, tụt cảm xúc.5. Chính vì hơi nhàm như thế nên xét tới cùng mình vẫn cho đây là một cuốn self-help không hơn không kém. Những lời khuyên được đánh số rõ ràng. Cách lập luận bằng lý lẽ và dẫn chứng, đúng chuẩn văn nghị luận nhà trường. Rằng hay thì thật là hay. Nhưng hình như còn thiếu một cái gì đó để thuyết phục. Và với dạng sách đưa ra lời khuyên như thế này, khi đọc luôn cần cảnh giác, tin hết vào sách, nghe theo một chiều, xong lúc nào cũng ngợi ca tối giản này nọ, đem cuốn sách đi đối chiếu một cách sống sượng với người xung quanh rồi vô tình tạo ra xa cách, phán xét. Như vậy chẳng nên tí nào, chẳng ai muốn gần một người đọc như vậy.Nói chung không hiểu sao khi đọc cuốn này mình lại nghĩ về sự đọc, như vậy đó.
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