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Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

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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 eff
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 2015)
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V Dollie I believe with that sentence Mr.Sasaki meant you don't need to fill up your real living space with those items and constantly take care of them physic…moreI believe with that sentence Mr.Sasaki meant you don't need to fill up your real living space with those items and constantly take care of them physically.Its unnecessary and also maybe it is a distraction or simply just taking up space. It was an advice for people who have no idea have to handle paperwork and especially elderly people who have no idea that you can save something on a cloud and have it there.(less)

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Paul Secor
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Justin Tate
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Am now a minimalist.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
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." ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 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
Caro the Helmet Lady
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
**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.


That was the moment I realized a minimalist lifestyle was not for me. I know the author says to each their own an
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, nonfiction
“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 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 see
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Emma Sea
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 bore.
Seriously, who but a monk would choose to live in such an empty apartment? If
your possessions are supposed to make people admire you, what is this minimal
pose except a tricky way to accomplish the same thing?
And Fumio, what is i
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The things you own end up owning you.”

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 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
Kater Cheek
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 subject and actively interested in it and it managed to turn me off of the very movement it espouses.

I got the audiobook version, and my first issue was with the choice of narrator. He has a rough, distinctly Ameri
Rachel (Kalanadi)
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
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"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.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this is basically a lot more Marie Kondo, but more all over the place, but I'm giving it 4 stars only because it caused me to go through my closet again and throw away a bunch of crap. This book is more holistic that Kondo and is billed more appropriately as a self-help. But just as with Kondo, it is written by a single person living in Japan who has no children. I want a mom of a bunch of kids to write a minimalism book. None of my kids crap spark any joy for me, but if I throw all their cra ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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
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 ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: simplify, japan
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. ...more
Note to self - stop buying these self-help books on minimalism/decluttering; they do not help and only irritate you.

This reads like an extended blog post. For a book on "minimalism" it was very wordy and could have been summed up in a few pages. But seeing as Fumio's idea of minimalism was mostly scanning and making digital copies of everything (so not really saying "goodbye" to anything, just hoarding digitally instead of physically), that's not surprising.

Maybe I'm being unfair. I liked the se
Reading_ Tamishly
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is what I have been searching for when it comes to minimalism.
This book is just not about the tips and tricks 9j 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 simple. The pictures and the references really solid.
I love how the book featured some of the best minimalist bloggers.

I loved this one.
And I am going to apply this book rightaway!
Paul A.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: miscellaneous
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?
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Katie ♡
The book started with a number of pictures which represent the current minimal lifestyle of the author himself. There are some good tips which are offered throughout the book, not only to help declutter one’s physical space but also one’s mind. Overall, it was a nice and concise read.

There was, however, one part I came across in which he mentioned throwing away his whole book collections, along with the bookshelves.

Welp... about that, I don’t know, Mr Sasaki, I don’t know :’(

My rating: 3.4/5
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciate this book as less as a how-to guide and more as a simple philosophy. I enjoyed his honesty about the flaws of his past self and living situation, as well as his renewed simplistic approach to life. It's humbling, refreshing, and realistic. The emphasis on doing things rather than having things is personally very important to the kind of life I want to forge, so I found myself agreeing with a lot of his sentiments, and am inspired to declutter even more each time I move. ...more
Alice Lippart
Interesting topic. Enjoyed the parts about the authors journey, but the rest felt a bit inaccessible, and got a bit boring after a while.
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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.

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