Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki

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 exp...

Details Goodbye, Things

TitleGoodbye, Things
Release DateApr 11th, 2017
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Audiobook, Philosophy

Reviews Goodbye, Things

  • Justin Tate
    Am now a minimalist.
  • Paul Secor
    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 ...
  • 7jane
    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 t...
  • Trish
    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 poten...
  • Joseph Spuckler
    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 ima...
  • Kathryn
    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."
  • Darwin8u
    “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 & ...
  • Alice
    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 p...
  • Kelli
    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 littl...
  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    **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 f...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    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, expe...
  • Prashasti
    “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. Wetik...
  • lauren
    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 pho...
  • 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 pe...
  • Ksenia
    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,...
  • Emma Sea
    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 be...
  • Deanna
    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...
  • Philippe
    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 ha...
  • Kris
    "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 th...
  • Lisa
    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.
  • Cheryl
    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 differ...
  • Cody
    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 w...
  • Paul A.
    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...
  • Jane
    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-greedbut there's not a woman alive who'd want to share your empty hive.The poet Browning wrote that less is moreI disagree - less is a bore.Seriously, who but a monk would choose to live in such an empty apartment? Ifyour possessions are supposed to make people admire you, what is this minimalpose except a tricky way...
  • 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 ch...
  • Mehrsa
    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 ...
  • Kristina Horner
    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.
  • 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.
  • Dillon
    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 how and why to get rid of things, and also went into the philosophy of "the new Japanese minimalism." It's been about seven months since I first implemented こんま...
  • Jiny S
    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 completely fresh, but sometimes it good to have a reminder of the values you already agree with, and it may spark some new changes in your old routine.One idea Sasaki h...