Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

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 o Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert; he?s just a regular guy who was stressed at work, insecur...

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Title:Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
Author:Fumio Sasaki
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism Reviews

  • Kater Cheek
    Oct 29, 2017
    I would have rated this book as excellent if it had been able to convince a hoarder to embrace the tenets of minimalism. I would have rated it as acceptable if it had merely told me what I know about minimalism and not really cemented it. But I was actively looking for books about the ...
  • lauren
    May 23, 2017
    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 rea...
  • Joseph Spuckler
    Oct 24, 2017
    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 bik...
  • Dillon
    Apr 21, 2017
    Someone I follow closely once said that "a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." This was a good follow-up to Sprok Jay and TLMOTU, but I tend to resonate more with the messaging of the first two than this one. This book did have some good insights on...
  • Trish
    Sep 27, 2017
    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 c...
  • Jane
    Nov 25, 2017
    Oh, Fumio, Fumio, I absolutely loathe your bookio. When I look at your roomio It makes me quite gloomio. Your simple creed May be anti-greed but there's not a woman alive who'd want to share your empty hive. The poet Browning wrote that less is more I disagree - less is a b...
  • Kathryn
    May 26, 2017
    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 M...
  • Kristina Horner
    Mar 12, 2019
    A lot of people were saying this book was too basic, but as someone about to move and just starting to understand the ways in which clutter has been ruling my life, I found it helpful and inspiring. Sometimes it's just the inspiration that you need to really get going. ...
  • Lisa
    Mar 06, 2018
    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 ...
  • Cheryl
    Feb 11, 2018
    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 h...
  • Kelli
    Apr 09, 2018
    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 ...
  • Cody
    Nov 19, 2017
    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 relie...
  • Philippe
    Aug 15, 2017
    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 ...
  • Emma Sea
    Aug 03, 2018
    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 in...
  • Paul Secor
    Dec 08, 2017
    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 almo...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    Jul 01, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jiny S
    May 19, 2017
    I may not agree with some of the author?s ideas, but I find his crush on Steve Jobs adorable. Having enjoyed Mari Kondo?s works, I knew what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book. The formats are very similar and I appreciated the quick read. The ideas may not be ...
  • Alice
    Mar 22, 2017
    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...
  • Prashasti
    Mar 17, 2019
    ?The things you own end up owning you.? -?TYLER DURDEN, FIGHT CLUB I 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 accumu...
  • Ksenia
    Jan 22, 2017
    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 thin...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Mar 14, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kris
    Jun 06, 2017
    "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. 4...
  • Darwin8u
    Feb 12, 2018
    ?Minimalism is built around the idea that there?s nothing that you?re lacking.? ? Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism I wasn't a fan of the writing. Perhaps, I went in expecting more of a Zen minimalism asthetic. Perhaps, I am just comparing it...
  • Justin Tate
    Mar 09, 2018
    I?m now a minimalist. ...
  • Paul A.
    May 20, 2017
    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 b...
  • Deanna
    Sep 20, 2017
    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 t...
  • Alice Lippart
    Sep 28, 2017
    Interesting topic. Enjoyed the parts about the authors journey, but the rest felt a bit inaccessible, and got a bit boring after a while. ...
  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    Oct 25, 2017
    **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 w...
  • Tam_ the_ med_bookie
    Jun 15, 2019
    This book is what I have been searching for when it comes to minimalism. This book is just not about the tips and tricks on how to be minimalistic but on what it is and how it should be. Yes. There are actually many tips in summarised form as well as in details. The language is sim...
  • 7jane
    Jul 06, 2017
    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 an...