Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living

Fumio Sasaki


In Circulation

'There's happiness in having less. If you are anything like how I used to be - miserable, constantly comparing yourself with others, or just believing your life sucks - I think you should try saying goodbye to some of your things'

Fumio Sasaki is a writer in his thirties who lives in a tiny studio in Tokyo with three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and not much else. A few years ago, he realised that owning so much stuff was weighing him down - so he started to get rid of it.

In this hit Japanese bestseller, Sasaki explores the philosophy behind minimalism and offers a set of straightforward rules - discard it if you haven't used it in a year; be a borrower; find your uniform; keep photos of the things you love - that can help all of us lead simpler, happier, more fulfilled lives.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Focus on Quality over Quantity: Sasaki emphasizes the importance of prioritizing quality possessions over quantity. Instead of accumulating numerous items, focus on owning a few high-quality items that bring genuine value and joy.

  2. Declutter Your Space: Minimalism involves decluttering your living space by eliminating unnecessary possessions. By reducing clutter, you can create a more peaceful and organized environment that promotes clarity of mind and enhances overall well-being.

  3. Let Go of Attachment: Sasaki encourages readers to let go of attachment to material possessions. Recognize that belongings do not define your identity or determine your happiness. By releasing attachment to material things, you can experience greater freedom and contentment.

  4. Practice Gratitude: Minimalism encourages gratitude for the things you have rather than constantly seeking more. Cultivate a mindset of gratitude by appreciating the items that serve you well and acknowledging the abundance in your life, regardless of material wealth.

  5. Embrace Minimalist Aesthetics: Minimalist living often involves embracing simplicity in design and aesthetics. Choose clean lines, neutral colors, and uncluttered spaces to create a sense of calm and tranquility in your environment.

  6. Focus on Experiences over Possessions: Instead of pursuing material possessions, prioritize experiences and relationships that bring meaning and fulfillment to your life. Invest your time and resources in activities that enrich your life and create lasting memories.

  7. Live Intentionally: Minimalism encourages intentional living by aligning your actions with your values and priorities. Be mindful of how you spend your time, energy, and resources, and eliminate anything that does not contribute positively to your life.

  8. Reduce Environmental Impact: Minimalism can also have environmental benefits by reducing consumption and waste. By consuming less and choosing sustainable alternatives, you can minimize your ecological footprint and contribute to a healthier planet.

  9. Find Contentment in Simplicity: Simplifying your life can lead to a greater sense of contentment and fulfillment. Let go of the constant pursuit of material possessions and embrace the beauty of simplicity and minimalism.

  10. Focus on Inner Growth: Ultimately, minimalism is not just about decluttering physical possessions but also about inner growth and personal development. By simplifying your life and letting go of excess, you can cultivate greater clarity, peace of mind, and emotional well-being.

Language English
ISBN-10 0141986387
ISBN-13 9780141986388
No of pages 259
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Penguin Books
Published Date 16 May 2017

About Author

Author : Fumio Sasaki


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