DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE
Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living by Fumio Sasaki (2017)
Fumio Sasaki owns a roll-up mattress, three shirts and four pairs of socks. After deciding to reject possessions to walk the minimalist path, he began feeling happier. Follow his plan, he says, and you will, too.
It's not a case of going full Bhikkhu-monk, dispensing of every material possession and sleeping foetal on a bare floor. It's case of starting with, say, your wardrobe. Goodbye, Things 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. Doing all that, he says, can help all of us lead simpler, happier, more fulfilled lives.
‘Living with only the bare essentials has not only provided superficial benefits such as the pleasure of a tidy room or the simple ease of cleaning,’ he writes, ‘it has also … given me a chance to think about what it really means to be happy.’ Sounds good to us.