What I learnt from “Goodbye, things” by Fumio Sasaki

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When I first “discovered” minimalism and minimalist living, it was through pins on Pinterest. There were lots of great articles and blog posts on minimalist living giving me useful advice on how to start decluttering and start a more minimalist lifestyle, however, I wanted to do more research. I searched for books on Amazon on minimalism and I thought that this one looked interesting and it had lots of good reviews.

Fumio Sasaki is from Japan and I don’t know a lot about him,expect from what I learnt about him in his book. He is honest about how he used to live before (with lots of possessions and how this affected him) and he really illuminated to me that living more minimalist is much more than just living with fewer physical possessions. When you free up space where you live, you also free up mental space.

Throughout his book, he defines what minimalism is, walk us through the reasons for the accumulation of things and he offers valuable advice on how to reduce the number of things you have at home. Though I think that Sasaki and I are in different walks of our lives, I found a lot of his advice useful when decluttering. He emphasises that being minimalist is not about having close to no possessions, however, having what you need. He states that “what one needs” may vary from person to person. To our family, living up North, with a varied, but relatively cold climate, one or two jackets, simply will not cut it, whereas I can imagine that if we lived somewhere with a more stable (and warmer) climate, I could do with two jackets.

Chapter 3 is called “55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things”. It may sound dramatic, but it is not (you are not suppose to say goodbye to all your things;)). Some objects may be difficult to part with, for various reasons, however, Sasaki states that “[r]ather than thinking about the loss of everything you discard, direct your attention to the things you’ll be gaining” (p.83).

In the last chapters of the book, he reflects on the changes he went through and how this made him a more happy person.

I found this book inspiring and to be an eye-opener to me, and I still pick it up and reread parts of it, when my motivation to declutter is low. Sasaki has taught me about the psychology of possessions and what they do to us and I have, through reading this book, changed how I think about my possessions. Owning lots of possessions, or in my case, too many useless possessions, was not healthy and I felt agonised, sometimes as if drowning in things. My mood would get worse, the more clutter and mess I had at home. Nevertheless, as I have started the process of decluttering and getting rid of things, it is like a weight has slowly been lifted off my shoulders. My house still gets very messy (and probably will always get messy), however, there more things I get rid of, the easier it is to pick up and store away things – and I can already see that I can spend less time on housework, and more time on what I want, like spending time with my loved ones ❤

If you haven’t read any books on minimalism and are looking for one, I absolutely recommend this one. It’s easy to read and full of useful advice to set into practice.

Have you any books on minimalism you would like to recommend?

Lots of love,



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