Minimalist living and working: 55 tips for better cleaning up {Review}

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The bookshelf or DVD collection that occupies a whole room wall, the idea of ​​replacing the wardrobe with a dressing room, or the sight of the Amibo figurine collection: we own too much.

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Attention dumb to-do list

Fumio Sasaki calls her the silent to-do list: While we want to focus on working on the computer, other tasks call us. On the desk books are waiting to be read, for the speedy holiday in Sweden we wanted to learn just a few chunks of Swedish.

The dusty guitar symbolizes our future self as a campfire musician. The unworn clothes remain in the closet, because soon we want to lose the three necessary clothes sizes to be able to wear them. Often enough, life comes in between us and things are left lying, books unread. But they stay, because we identify with them.

What we need to live

The Japanese Fumio Sasaki is fed up with this life. He lives in his cave, drinks too much alcohol in the evening, puts on belly fat and identifies himself on his bookshelves. “The books were a desperate attempt to show others what a smart guy I am,” said Fumio, “the same was true for my mountains of CDs and DVDs, for my antique pieces, the artistic photographs on the walls, mine Dishes and my camera collection ”.

He discovers the idea of ​​minimalist life and is radical. He gives everything away: All the books, DVDs, his photo camera collection, table, chair and his bed.

Less cleaning, less expenses

Less cleaning, no loss from earthquakes that are common in Japan and less spending on consumption and pomp: minimalism has many advantages for the Japanese. “Minimalism gave me the chance to think about what happiness really means,” said Fumio, “I parted ways with countless things that I had owned for many years.

And yet I live happier now. ” Today he owns little more than his mattress, little tableware and a selection of clothes limited to a few pieces, which he can combine with each other like Steve Jobs did before.

Memory counts, not the place on the shelf

He also gives away personal mementos. Before that, he photographs her and saves it on the computer. Only memory counts, not the place on the shelf.

In his minimalism guide "That can go away!" he describes how he became a richer person with less and less possessions. He no longer identifies with his possessions and is more human than ever.

More human than ever

"Today I have nothing of what I used to think was part of myself," said Fumio. "Today I am simply human and know that an object cannot possibly be part of my personality."

Fumio gives tips on minimalist life in his guide 55 and explains which twelve changes lead to maximum happiness. He also introduces other bloggers and pioneers of the minimalist lifestyle trend. A very readable book!

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