by Susan McCarthy
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Everyday practice: As you sort through your belongings, ask, "What do I get from this item?" Is it bringing a benefit to your life?
Although I love the idea of less stuff cluttering the spaces around me, I don’t know that I could go to the extremes Fumio Sasaki highlights in his 2017 book, Goodbye Things: The New Japanese Minimalism.
He starts off his book highlighting the personal stories of the new wave of Japanese minimalists. I’m not sure that I could live in a room containing a mattress (that gets folded into a “couch” during the day) and a multi-purpose table.
Although, I do see that having so few things would encourage you to spend more time in nature; to go to classes, concerts, and performances; and to spend time with friends in coffee shops, restaurants, and museums; I’d like to have enough plates, cups, and seats so to invite others for a quiet night at home.
Fumio Sasaki gives you 70 tips for decluttering, or saying goodbye, to your stuff. You really don’t need a goal of fitting all your possessions into a backpack to use these basic tips. Use the information to reduce your belongings to a point where you feel comfortable.
These are some of my favorite quotes from the book, I hope they inspire you along your decluttering journey. Please share these sayings with the people around you who could do with less overwhelm.
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