Goodbye Things - by Fumio Sasaki

Minimalism has always intuitively appealed to me, from stoics like Marcus Aurelius to Hippies living out of a van. At the core of minimalism is 2 concepts: 1) over time, the things we own come to own us, due to fear of losing them, 2) building our happiness on things is fragile, as things come and go. Goodbye Things is a practical guide on how to declutter your home, life, and mind.

Raw Notes

You should be happy with less The things you own, own you The ideal minimalist can list everything they own To focus on the things that matter, get rid of things that don’t Keep items that “spark joy,” when you touch them

—————- Tips:

Just do it, and quickly Write why you’re afraid to part with a thing We have limited energy Start with junk You won’t miss anything Start with multiples - eg 3 scissors If you haven’t used it in a year, throw it away If it’s for appearances, throw it away Take pics of items that are hard to part with Your items take up more space than you do Get rid of storage containers Leave unused space empty Ditch stuff you might use “someday” Ditch things from the past, so you can grow into the future Discard the things you don’t know you own Don’t rationalize reasons to keep things Forget “getting your money’s worth;” forget what you originally paid No need to stock up on supplies Keep items that “spark joy,” when you touch them Auction stuff off on eBay, it gives you one last look, and brings up nice memories Use a pickup service to part w things easily Stores are personal warehouses Get out of your house Discard items you can’t discuss w passion “If I lost it, would I buy it again?” Discard gifts. Nobody remembers. Discard memorabilia, keep memories Big items (TVs) cause many accessories No collections; your house is no a museum Rent what can be rented Imagine starting from scratch. Imagine putting all your things in a storage unit, and taking out only one thing a day Put something away for a week, before getting rid of it, so you can undo it Discard things that create visual noise Before you buy a thing, discard something Don’t fall into the sunk cost fallacy Be quick to admit mistakes; grow from them Use things you buy temporarily, then resell Don’t just buy something cuz it’s cheap/free If it’s not a “hell yes,” it’s a no The things we need will find their way back Discarding is wasteful; keeping is even more

——————- Advanced Tips:

Having less stuff you love is better than having lots of stuff you hate Develop a clothes “uniform” A little inconvenience makes you happier? Discard it even if it “sparks joy?” Hard. Minimalism is freedom- get there ASAP Don’t judge others- minimalism is personal Don’t get addicted to minimizing Ignore the media/ads You do less cleaning in a minimalist space You can move out of your home in 30 mins Being stressed = unhappiness There is no such thing as a lazy person, we just make things too hard on ourselves We are what we repeatedly do- excellence is not a state, but a habit Minimalism lets you live with less ($1k/mo) Being minimalist is giving up comparing yourself to others Having less things gives you less silent todos

—————————— Minimize your intake of information

Minimalism is a great way to save money- Buy less, eat less due to less stress, etc

Use money for experiences, investments, etc instead of wasting it on things


Better for the environment

Don’t look at people as objects - Self-betrayal

Happiness is living in the moment Happiness is not about your genetics or circumstances, but your outlook