Monday, June 12, 2017

Book Review: “Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism”


   Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese
   Fumio Sasaki

One of the things I’ve noticed is that quite a few millennials are minimalists. As long as they have a good computer and phone, they don’t seem to care much about material possessions like clothing or home accessories. Instead, they value experiences and good food.

Goodbye, Things addresses this new trend and Sasaki shares his experience becoming a minimalist. When he began his journey, he had an apartment that could have been featured on Hoarders and was an unhappy, overweight slob. Since shedding his possessions, his apartment is now tidy, and, more importantly, he leads a fulfilled life. Not only does Sasaki share the benefits of culling one’s things, but also gives tips on how to do so.

As a person who could never be described as a minimalist, but who likes its principles, reading Goodbye, Things was motivating. It encouraged me to part with some things I don’t use. If you are interested in decluttering, this book for you.

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