Our life is messed up with unnecessary things, unnecessary works, and all the unimportant stuff. And we forgot to accomplish and recognize truly important tasks. We forgot to care about things that truly important to us. A messed-up life needs to be organized again to gain the energy. And organizing a life can be started with minimalism. I hope you have heard about this word before. If you haven’t, then in today’s article, I’m gonna explain the word and also the book about the word minimalism.
The book I have to review today is Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism. Fumio Sasaki wrote this book. The author is a minimalist, and his life was also messed up like normal guys in today’s generation. But minimalism remarkably helped him. In this article, I’ll try to give a summary of the book. And I’ll try to go a bit deeper into the book and give you a hint about the book.
Author Fumio Sasaki’s Wiki
The Author, Fumio Sasaki, is a Japanese writer, editor, and minimalist. The author was born in 1979 in Japan. Fumio Sasaki is the former coeditor in chief of Japan’s Wani Books, and also he is a co-founder of the website Minimal & ism. He is a minimalist and also an organizing guru like Mari Kondo. He was like a normal guy who used to stay stressed about his life.
Until one day, when he decided to change by minimalizing his life, the author says that he gained true freedom, and the effect of minimalism was remarkable in his life. And his book Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, he shared his experience about minimalism. The author Fumio Sasaki lives in a 215-square-foot apartment in Tokyo, furnished with a small wooden box, a desk, and a roll-up futon pad.
Have You Read Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism Book?
This book has a very tiny similarity with another Japanese book, The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up, that I’ve recently reviewed here. But this book is a bit different. This is a more psychological book that teaches us the importance of minimalism in our life. This book says us to be authentic and genuine with things that we have. And do not be overwhelmed with things that we actually do not need in our life.
The true definition of minimalism is a bit hard to explain. The book has a clear vision to it. But I’ll try to explain a bit to you. Minimalism does not mean removing the TV, washing machine, or unused oven. Minimalism also does not mean spending less money. Minimalism is also not a goal to pursue. Minimalism is a method to live a life with things that are truly important to you. The approach to live a minimalistic life can be different for you and others.
This book has many ideas and philosophies about how minimalism will impact our daily life and how it is important in every aspect of our life. Minimalism does not only teach us to remove things from our room; it is about removing the unnecessary time-wasting tools, unnecessary energy-killing sources, and so on. In this very busy worldly life, we somehow became dependent on many unnecessary things.
Many of us nowadays doing show-offs with unnecessary things. We can not pursue true happiness by having more and more. We may get some emotional highs for a short time, but eventually, it does not make us happy neither gives us self-fulfillment.
If you think you have been messed up in life with so many things to do and your life is full of unimportant things, then this book about Japanese minimalism technic may help you. I’ll recommend you to read this book to get a more clear idea about minimalism.
My Opinion About Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
Minimalism is not only just removing unwanted things from your room or house. Minimalism is a method to relive your life with limited resources. It is a method to live a happy and self-contentment life. Minimalism can not only open up more space in your house but also enrich your life with peace. If you truly understand the method and the process. The book Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism can be a very helpful tool to understand minimalism.
Now let’s see some reviews and ratings about the book. This book got 3.79 ratings in Goodreads out of 5. In Audible.Com, the book got 4.5-star ratings out of. This is a decent score and an indication of a good book. If I could explain deeper about the book, please put a comment in the following as an appreciation.