This one karate teacher came home one day to find his house had been robbed. He had just purchased a flat screen TV, and saw that all his possessions were missing. What caused him the most pain was when he came home to a quiet home instead of his dog Bella barking. Since that time, he decided to move to a smaller place in Texas that wouldn’t force him to work long hours, and decided to ditch the flat screen and cable for a life with his dog Bella, who was found safe in the closet fortunately. It’s an incredible story about how home is not the large mansion with the driveway, but the feeling of comfort and sometimes we mistake the material home for the comfort we ought to feel with those we care about.

Instead of my overindulgent descriptions of my minimalist lifestyle and how I enjoy to live a life free from minimalism, I will let others do the talking on what they consider the term fulfillment/ happiness mean and what minimalism looks like to them.

My first point of reference will be to read the blog post by Derek Sivers
“If you could have one billboard, what would it say?” Sivers gleefully suggested, “It won’t make you happy.” And, he’d stick it in front of a mall. Or many malls.

2. Next decide on what exactly is your happiness or fulfillment and how you see yourself reaching it with the book the Happiness project.

Goodreads Summary:
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

Goodbye, Things
By Fumio Sasaki

Best part, the folding style mattress
Goodreads Summary:
Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert; he’s just a regular guy who was stressed at work, insecure, and constantly comparing himself to others—until one day he decided to change his life by reducing his possessions to the bare minimum. The benefits were instantaneous and absolutely remarkable: without all his “stuff,” Sasaki finally felt true freedom, peace o..”
The Art of Discarding : How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy
By Nagisa Tatsumi

Goodreads Summary:
Practical and inspiring, The Art of Discarding (the book that originally inspired a young Marie Kondo to start cleaning up her closets) offers hands-on advice and easy-to-follow guidelines to help readers learn how to finally let go of stuff that is holding them back--as well as sage advice on acquiring less in the first place. Author Nagisa Tatsumi urges us to reflect on our attitude to possessing things and to have the courage and conviction to get rid of all the stuff we really don't need, offering advice on how to tackle the things that pile up at home and take back control. By learning the art of discarding you will gain space, free yourself from "accumulation syndrome," and find new joy and purpose in your clutter-free life.

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up
By Marie Kondo

Goodreads Summary:
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little.