The Minimalist Home: A Room-By-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life

The Minimalist Home: A Room-By-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life

Joshua Becker / Jul 22, 2019

The Minimalist Home A Room By Room Guide to a Decluttered Refocused Life A popular minimalist blogger and author of The More of Less shows you how to methodically turn your home into a place of peace contentment and purposeful living One of today s most influenti

  • Title: The Minimalist Home: A Room-By-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life
  • Author: Joshua Becker
  • ISBN: 1601427999
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A popular minimalist blogger and author of The More of Less shows you how to methodically turn your home into a place of peace, contentment, and purposeful living One of today s most influential minimalist advocates takes us on a decluttering tour of our own houses and apartments, showing us how to decide what to get rid of and what to keep He both offers practical A popular minimalist blogger and author of The More of Less shows you how to methodically turn your home into a place of peace, contentment, and purposeful living One of today s most influential minimalist advocates takes us on a decluttering tour of our own houses and apartments, showing us how to decide what to get rid of and what to keep He both offers practical guidelines for simplifying our lifestyle at home and addresses underlying issues that contribute to over accumulation in the first place The purpose is not just to create a inviting living space It s also to turn our life s HQ our home into a launching pad for a fulfilling and productive life in the world Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 256 pages Published December 18th 2018 by Waterbrook Press first published December 2018 More Details ISBN 1601427999 ISBN13 9781601427991 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Minimalist Home, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Self Help Published in Decade 2010s 82 books 6 voters Books For Minimalists 19 books 7 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 28, 2019 Val Shameless Steamy Reads rated it really liked it Shelves minimalism 4 StarsMy personal rating for this book as far as how much I enjoyed it would be a 3, but I am giving it a 4 star rating as I believe the book and its message has a lot to offer to anyone new to minimalism and the minimalism philosophy I have been on the minimalist journey geez, I sound like such a cliche, but whatever for over a year now and I went at it pretty much the same way I go at most thingswhich is to say HARD I have never been a hoarder except when it comes to book hoardi 4 StarsMy personal rating for this book as far as how much I enjoyed it would be a 3, but I am giving it a 4 star rating as I believe the book and its message has a lot to offer to anyone new to minimalism and the minimalism philosophy I have been on the minimalist journey geez, I sound like such a cliche, but whatever for over a year now and I went at it pretty much the same way I go at most thingswhich is to say HARD I have never been a hoarder except when it comes to book hoarding, obviously , and I was always that person who maintained a clean house, and who regularly went through clothes and other household items for donationbut I still always felt like my environment was cluttered and thus stifling mentally and emotionally After discovering minimalism and various minimalism blogs including the author s I felt inspired and completely overhauled my home, my belongings, and the way I spend, save, and donate my money As a result, I have already done all the work outlined in this book and I felt like it had nothing new to offer me HOWEVER, I went into this book knowing that might be the case and that does not mean I don t think this book has a ton to offer other people who are in a different place in their journey Having this book a year or so ago would have been a game changer for me and would have easily garnered 5 stars Basically, in my opinion, the enjoyment and or usefulness you get from this book will coincide with where you yourself are in life in relation to your stuff and how you feel about it If you are a long term minimalist, you might enjoy this book as a refresher, although it might not have much if anything new to offer you But, if you walk into your house and feel instantly heavyyou feel overwhelmed by the piles of miscellaneous mail and junk in your living room the minute you cross the threshold of your front dooryou feel like you have NOTHING to wear despite having a closet filled so fully you need a winch to push clothes aside to see what you haveyou can never find anything you need because you have too much crap in your junk drawer s you have to turn sideways to get out of your car after you park in your garage if you can even FIT your car in your garage then this book is for you.Now OBVIOUSLY, as I write this, I acknowledge that I am writing this from a position of privilege I recognize it is a luxury to be fortunate enough to be in a position to consider too much stuff a problem and the riddance of that stuff an accomplishment And I am not trying to pretend otherwise All that said, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in minimalism or to those just looking for some help motivation with doing some spring cleaning flag 115 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Ren gade Having this book a year or so ago would have been a game changer for me and would have easily garnered 5 stars Basically, in my opinion, the enjoymen Having this book a year or so ago would have been a game changer for me and would have easily garnered 5 stars Basically, in my opinion, the enjoyment and or usefulness you get from this book will coincide with where you yourself are in life in relation to your stuff and how you feel about it Exactly smile Great review, Val Jan 31, 2019 03 13PM Val Shameless Steamy Reads Ren gade wrote Having this book a year or so ago would have been a game changer for me and would have easily garnered 5 stars Basically, in my op Ren gade wrote Having this book a year or so ago would have been a game changer for me and would have easily garnered 5 stars Basically, in my opinion, the enjoyment and or usefulness you get from this book will Thanks Renegade Feb 01, 2019 03 50AM Nov 14, 2018 j e w e l s Books Bejeweled rated it it was amazing Wow, this book helped me with a momentous move My husband and I are newly empty nested after decades of kids and a mother in law on board in a much larger house than our new 2 bedroom condo It s not easy to scale back That means you have to throw away things you thought you would always have But, as Joshua Becker so effectively points out, they are just things He made me realize that we should use things and treasure people Not the other way around A simple, yet revolutionary thought Wow, this book helped me with a momentous move My husband and I are newly empty nested after decades of kids and a mother in law on board in a much larger house than our new 2 bedroom condo It s not easy to scale back That means you have to throw away things you thought you would always have But, as Joshua Becker so effectively points out, they are just things He made me realize that we should use things and treasure people Not the other way around A simple, yet revolutionary thought process Becker has a helpful step by step approach to achieving the minimalist home of your dreams He goes room by room and you better believe I used his method for cleaning out my house We couldn t be happier in our new urban, industrial loft It is easy to clean and entertain friends A real breath of fresh air in the city Becker gave me the courage to throw out recycle up anything that wasn t earning its space in our newly small home Oh, yes, it is hard Your grown daughter s kindergarten coloring books out To be truthful, I did take a lot of pics of anything I threw away And one day, I will edit those digital pics haha flag 47 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jan 23, 2019 Holly B added it Mini Review to follow flag 16 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 17, 2018 Lilithcarter rated it it was ok Shelves 2018, netgally I received this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review Have never heard of the author, I thought it would ve refreshing But sadly was not It was a very repetitive, and I found his writing style a bit messy He kept saying things like in the next chapter We ll talk in the coming pages etc which really bother me He talks about how to declutter your house room by room, and its mixed With his experience and real life testimonies,he also added some data about the average I received this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review Have never heard of the author, I thought it would ve refreshing But sadly was not It was a very repetitive, and I found his writing style a bit messy He kept saying things like in the next chapter We ll talk in the coming pages etc which really bother me He talks about how to declutter your house room by room, and its mixed With his experience and real life testimonies,he also added some data about the average American so it s pretty much the same book as most of the subject This book would benefit from having some charts and images to help the reader visualising his home office, or his house and the kids rooms, etc I think this book is better suited for people who are a bit curious on the subject The structure of the text is also a bit strange, at 83% we read the acknowledgements, at 85% the notes from the chapters, at 93% there are testimonies, which could ve been better suited in the main body of the book At about 80% he starts defining what minimalism is a little detail, which could ve been better at the introduction So I find quite ironic that the book is very messy cluttered with words that are not necessary flag 12 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Sep 24, 2018 Carole rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley books The goal of minimalism is not just to own less stuff The goal is to unburden our lives so we can accomplish This is a quote by Joshua Becker in The Minimalist Home Minimalism in your home and life simplifies every aspect of living The author offers room by room examples to streamline possessions and furniture Objects that are not necessary can be relocated, sold, donated or recycled This book is not for hoarders minimalism could apply to most of our homes Joshua Becker guides thro The goal of minimalism is not just to own less stuff The goal is to unburden our lives so we can accomplish This is a quote by Joshua Becker in The Minimalist Home Minimalism in your home and life simplifies every aspect of living The author offers room by room examples to streamline possessions and furniture Objects that are not necessary can be relocated, sold, donated or recycled This book is not for hoarders minimalism could apply to most of our homes Joshua Becker guides through the process to make life simpler and allow time to do things that really matter The Minimalist Home is well explained and provides easy to follow suggestions on how to proceed This is definitely an example of less is A useful tool Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah and NetGalley for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Patty Smith rated it did not like it Shelves netgalley, 2018, non fiction, reviews written, self improvement, and the lesson is, how to handiness Many thanks to NetGalley, Waterbrook and Multnomah, and Joshua Becker for an ARC in exchange for an honest review My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.Joshua Becker has been in the minimal business for about 10 years He has a website where you can get lots of tips and advice, including a newsletter sent to your inbox every so often He has written other books but this one is sort of the culmination of his life s work He has been on TV, speaks all over an Many thanks to NetGalley, Waterbrook and Multnomah, and Joshua Becker for an ARC in exchange for an honest review My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.Joshua Becker has been in the minimal business for about 10 years He has a website where you can get lots of tips and advice, including a newsletter sent to your inbox every so often He has written other books but this one is sort of the culmination of his life s work He has been on TV, speaks all over and I have been following him for the past couple of years In today s world of massive consumerism, we can all use a dose of paring down and keeping things simple We all have too much stuff We are promoted, advertised, propagandized into thinking that it s all stuff we need, what we have isn t the right stuff and that the stuff we have the happier we will be This has been going on for years, I mean George Carlin had a bit about Stuff in the early 80 s So I was excited to read what Becker had to say on what he promotes as a step by step, comprehensive room by room guide to decluttering your home and your life.Ugh what an awful read First I felt like his tone was so condescending I couldn t take it Obviously I have a lot of stuff that s why I m reading this book He would repeat himself, ad nauseam, throughout the whole book There wasn t any comprehensive guide again, he would repeat the same thing over and over for each room, literally the same steps for each room Why bother going through each room, listing all of the possible things you might have accumulated, telling me get rid of what you don t use or don t need Obviously I knew that much I don t need a book for that I was hoping for some insight, maybe some ideas that I hadn t thought of to help declutter, some instructions There was no real guidance other than don t do it for lasting change Then, don t tell me how my life is going to change, I will become richer, have a fabulous job, help the poor, have time, blah blah blah, just because you told me to get rid of some stuff I didn t buy any of it I have decluttered before and none of those things have happened to me The real life examples were ridiculous, laughable Look, I believe in keeping a home without a lot of junk Nobody needs piles of clothes, lots of knick knacks, and yes, you should keep those things that mean something to you You shouldn t get sucked into marketing ideas of having the latest, greatest and best thing out there, which will go out of date and then you need something new I also happen to live with a mild case hoarder, who believes every rock, piece of junk, paper, etc is extremely important and sentimental and will not throw out anything So according to Becker, those are the things to keep Not helpful But without something new or real to add to the discussion, don t fill up a book with one idea My advice is don t add one book to your bookshelf with this one flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 19, 2018 Lorilin rated it really liked it Shelves memoir, wellness, arc, home I first heard about Joshua Becker while reading Cozy Minimalist Home In it, Myquillin Smith talks about Becker s first very popular book, The More of Less, and how it inspired her to look at her house and her possessions in a new, minimalist, light I ve never read The More of Less, but when I saw that Becker was coming out with a new book, I jumped on the chance to read it The Minimalist Home is a helpful and motivational read, though it s not perfect The book is divided into twelve se I first heard about Joshua Becker while reading Cozy Minimalist Home In it, Myquillin Smith talks about Becker s first very popular book, The More of Less, and how it inspired her to look at her house and her possessions in a new, minimalist, light I ve never read The More of Less, but when I saw that Becker was coming out with a new book, I jumped on the chance to read it The Minimalist Home is a helpful and motivational read, though it s not perfect The book is divided into twelve sections The first two sections give an overview of minimalism, as well as advice on how to eliminate items from your house have goals for your home s spaces, start cleaning out the easy spaces first, involve the whole family, have fun with the process, etcThe next eight sections go room by room through a typical house, covering common problems and solutions in the living room, family room, master and other bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, the laundry area, kitchen, dining room, office, storage spaces, and the garage Becker lists questions to ask yourself as you re deciding what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss He also gives helpful benchmarks for knowing when you ve decluttered enough e.g Is my living room now a calming space Are my kids sleeping better in their bedrooms Do my clothes hang freely in the closet The last two sections give a plan for keeping the house clean and minimized e.g recognize triggers for over buying, manage gift giving, etc For the most part, I enjoyed reading Becker s advice Some positive aspects of this book He is insightful and even made some points about minimalism that I hadn t thought of before I love when someone can tell me something I don t already know, especially on a subject I am very familiar with I don t have a craft room, but I like how he encourages hobby enthusiasts to get rid of their fantasy selves Donate the extra fishing poles, gym equipment, craft supplies, etc to someone who will actually use them Be who you are, not who you wished to be I also appreciate that he talks about living a minimalist digital life, giving tips for tidying up the computer desktop, digital files, phone apps, etc Not everyone talks about this, but it s important.I do have a couple small gripes with this book, though Becker can be long winded and repetitive, taking way too long to make a point that s already understood The book is also a little heavy on the self promotion I get that Becker wants to make his book tweetable and build a brand, but I grew tired of the hashtagthis suggestions and the repeated mention of his accomplishments I REPEAT, I HAVE INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS.The biggest drawback for me, though, is how serious the book can be Don t get me wrong, this is still a quick read and I appreciate with the overall message But Becker tends to use intense change as the motivation to minimize He repeatedly gives examples of how people s lives are transformed from minimizing Look at this lady she cleaned out her house Then became a missionary to poor countries Then adopted an orphan from Guatemala Now she s fulfilled and happy I agree that minimalism has the power to transform, but I also think it s okay to go into the process with lower expectations and smaller, realistic goals I m not looking to adopt a refugee from Syria I just need to be able to find my keys, you know Still, I enjoyed this book It gives clear step by step advice that makes minimizing feel doable I didn t always love the seriousness of Becker s anecdotes, but I did appreciate his message This is an important and helpful guide to eliminating the excess in our lives so we can live fully.Thank you to Joshua Becker, WaterBrook, and Net Galley for the ARC See of my reviews at bugbugbooks flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Missy rated it liked it I thought The Minimalist Home was going to be about reducing clutter and organizing, which it is, but it s I was surprised at how much it got me thinking Joshua Becker begins by having you think of your vision for your life then think about your home and the purpose for each room What do you envision doing there Handle every item in the room and decide if it supports that purpose If it doesn t, get rid of it It s missional when you think of it that way I didn t actually go through I thought The Minimalist Home was going to be about reducing clutter and organizing, which it is, but it s I was surprised at how much it got me thinking Joshua Becker begins by having you think of your vision for your life then think about your home and the purpose for each room What do you envision doing there Handle every item in the room and decide if it supports that purpose If it doesn t, get rid of it It s missional when you think of it that way I didn t actually go through the process as I read the book, but I did begin to clear out old piles in various places in my home A particular thing I appreciated is that he never encourages the reader to launch into minimizing without considering the other members of the household It s not heavy handed, but almost every chapter mentions our culture of materialism and consumerism Minimalism involves both getting rid of excess as well as adopting new habits to keep it from creeping back into your life One good quote a minimalist home can be a home that s always primed to say, Welcome I was provided an advance copy for my review PRHpartner flag 6 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2018 Jana rated it really liked it I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.After having read quite a few books on minimalism, decluttering etc I think I can safely say that this is by far my favourite one of the kind that I have read It goes through the home room by room, provides you with helpful checklists to find out whether you have reached a status of being comfortable with the progress you made in said room, all without coming off as preachy or promoting 100% extreme m I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.After having read quite a few books on minimalism, decluttering etc I think I can safely say that this is by far my favourite one of the kind that I have read It goes through the home room by room, provides you with helpful checklists to find out whether you have reached a status of being comfortable with the progress you made in said room, all without coming off as preachy or promoting 100% extreme minimalism where you essentially don t own anything It is definitely geared mostly toward families and homeowners, but as a single, couple without children or someone who lives in a rented home apartment, you can still benefit a lot from this book by just rethinking the ideas slightly I also think it is helpful not only for beginners but also for experienced people in the area as well I have been decluttering my possessions for about 4 years already and I still thought that the ideas he had gave me food for thought for my own decluttering process flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Girl rated it did not like it Shelves 2019 I received an e copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Short version don t do this to yourself, folks Just don t There are better books about minimalism and or decluttering out there.Long version the thing is, I actually usually like books about minimalism and about downsizing your life, particularly the ones that offer practical solutions with regard to decluttering one s life They can be very soothing They show the reader that change is possible, that others I received an e copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Short version don t do this to yourself, folks Just don t There are better books about minimalism and or decluttering out there.Long version the thing is, I actually usually like books about minimalism and about downsizing your life, particularly the ones that offer practical solutions with regard to decluttering one s life They can be very soothing They show the reader that change is possible, that others have been there before and that there is no shame in having clutter in your home now, because you can get better.This book isn t like that.I mean, I agree with the basic tenets of what Becker writes Having less stuff makes it easier to clean up, means fewer things to concern oneself with, means that looking for things is less complicated because you know where everything is, etc Having does not equal being happier Capitalism, as a system, incourages one to buy as much possible and places value on what one possesses and then, people tend to hold onto things they no longer need because they might be useful, but they rarely turn out to be And so on This is perfectly reasonable.But the book doesn t stop at that And it doesn t stop at painstakingly going over every single room in the house to basically tell you to throw away donate, recycle, whatever what you don t need and declutter, declutter, declutter If the book consisted only of that, it would be rather boring and very repetitive so many empty words , but not quite so annoying Unfortunately, the author peppers his text with much judgment and condescension.The first instance where I actually stopped reading and looked sideways at the book was this I have a friend with a bookcase in her living room The last time I visited her, I noticed the following on its four shelves thirty six books, eleven figurines, twenty four photos, two souvenir coffee mugs, ten snow globes and it wasn t even winter , various flower arrangment in vases, and a small sampling of candles Yes, I actually wrote down the inventory when she wasn t noticing As I looked at her bookcase, I asked myself, Which of these things mean the most to her What is it that she values most I couldn t tell by looking at her bookcase it was too crowded with things that were unimportant I feel so sorry for that woman and her bookcase How could she not organize it thoughtfully for her friend s benefit I was at the house belonging to an acquaintance, Mick, one Friday afternoon It was a larger than average house, with palm trees and a pool in the backyard Although it was undeniably beautiful, it seemed a little excessive to me Of course I didn t say anything about that because it wasn t really any of my business Well, thank you for considerately including this detail in the book, then Our bathrooms and laundry room might not seem important, but since we use them so frequently, letting them stay cluttered would mean embracing aggravation and inefficiency every day This may not necessarily be so judgmental, but what Not important How What Well, perhaps because I don t know if it s about vanity or marketing, but increasingly both men and women worldwide are buying products with the intention of making themselves look better 1 How dare they 2 But also we do know that people have been trying to improve their appearance since forever, basically It s not a new phenomenon 3 In conclusion, how dare they This is followed by considering how many beauty products women have use Then, this nugget of wisdom when it comes to using electronic devices I m told some people use their computer to play games Obviously they are not minimalists Minimalists do not have such trivial pursuits.And so on, and so on Don t own stuff, don t own mismatched stuff, don t put it in a large although beautiful house, because Mr Becker will be there to judge you.Then there are some examples of truly horrible pieces of advice My favourite is probably the following bit The problem with most under the bed spaces is that they quickly become places for hoarding and unnecessary things Our closets are full, our drawers are full and the next available space is under the bed So that space quickly collects countless items, seemingly never to be seen again by human eyes I use the space under my bed for storing useful items that I do not want to leave out in the open Under my side of the bed, I store the books I am currently reading This keeps them within arm s reach but does not leave clutter on a nightstand Actually there is no nightstand there I removed the one from my side of the bed I also keep some business files under the bed My wife keeps a few boxes of keepsakes under her side as well We live in a house with no basement or attic, so using that space under the bed has been helpful to us Okay, how does that make sense There is a point to having a nightstand, and that is precisely to collect things you use while in bed I could maybe understand keeping one book or a magazine under the bed over night because maybe there is a glass of water on the nightstand and we were too sleepy to navigate around it , but any longer Nope Business files Boxes of keepsakes Are you kidding How does one clean under the bed, then I take the fragment above to mean they just lie on the floor This is exactly what pieces of furniture such as file cabinets were invented for There is also this You can make changes in your lawn, trees, and shrubs so that your yard will be simpler to take care of and create the experience you want Could you reduce the area of grass that you have to mow, replacing the turf with hardscape such as gravel Please don t Please keep the grass Possibly some shrubs Do this for your planet.Then there is a chapter dedicated to the idea that one should buy a small house rather than a large one, because well, you know, minimalism, and big spaces call for clutter, I guess.Two quotes which are isolated in the text so that you could easily tweet them, by the way Buy the house you need, not the house you can afford At the same time our houses are getting bigger, our families are getting broken Coincidence Wow Profound eyeroll You know I do get the thought process behind this concept I do Larger does not have to equal better Living in a smaller space may be comfortable it s easier to clean it up, for example And in the later part of this chapter, where Becker talks about considering downsizing one s house in response to changes in life children moving out of the house, getting older and less mobile , it s all quite reasonable But at the same time, who are those people who just go around buying huge expensive houses Because in my generation, in order to buy a house, most of us have to go get a huge bank loan Who is this book even addressed to How wealthy do you have to be to afford Becker s kind of minimalism As a side note, maybe I don t get the big house thing, because I m very much not American, and most of us over here don t live in houses, but in apartments Towards the end, Becker explains that minimalism has made it possible for his life to be open to his family, to thoughtful and mindful experiences, and to Jesus I m sure there s nothing Jesus would appreciate than judging people on the contents of their bookcases, folks.In conclusion not a good book Not a kind book A lot of what Becker says has already been said simply and elegantly in many Internet articles And there are a good few books on decluttering that give better, specific tips than get rid of what is not necessary and are not so hollier than thou while doing so flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Jenna rated it liked it Shelves hoarding, popular, ppl 2019 challenge Borrowed from the library, because if you re spending money on a physical copy of a book on minimalism, what are you even doing Very brief read, completed in a day I also donated or tossed about 35 things while reading it, even committing so much as to drive to the Goodwill and arrange a time to bring clothes to a high school s donation drive.What I like about this author s Facebook page, where I discovered this book, is that it feels so much less preachy and smug than many other minimalist pag Borrowed from the library, because if you re spending money on a physical copy of a book on minimalism, what are you even doing Very brief read, completed in a day I also donated or tossed about 35 things while reading it, even committing so much as to drive to the Goodwill and arrange a time to bring clothes to a high school s donation drive.What I like about this author s Facebook page, where I discovered this book, is that it feels so much less preachy and smug than many other minimalist pages or groups I ve tried to get into There s a realness, that not everyone only wants one towel or two plates, but that you probably have too much of everything and wouldn t it be nice if you could actually find the things that matter The book makes and returns to one very good point that stuck with me if your home has things you really care about, either because they re beautiful or sentimental, why would you want so much lesser stuff to detract from them I have a hard time getting rid of theoretically useful items or things I have attachment to, and this really helped me think critically about just how many things I seem to maintain the exact same level of attachment to, and is that really true The downside of this book for me is the interspersed Twitter friendly insertions, complete with minimalisthome, for you to inspire others by putting it on social media I don t like that the book I m reading keeps asking me to advertise it every 5 pages, so that cheapened it for me There s also this running theme that having less stuff will free me up to go heal the sick and travel the world, and there s very little detail about how that works Theoretically, if I m spending less money on new stuff, I could have money to spend on other things, but there s some really big leaps without much explanation like this in every chapter It s never clearly defined what caring for your things means, as if people typically reject time with others to dust knickknacks they don t like or could take that family vacation if only they didn t have to organize the closet There s some magical thinking afoot, that if I just destash my life, everything will be perfect Isn t that the very logic of if I buy this, everything will be perfect flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 24, 2019 Nelleke Plouffe rated it really liked it I listened to this as inspiration while I decluttered my kitchen, and I really enjoyed it I didn t find anything in it that might nudge my husband towards even a small degree of minimalism, though Oh well flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Monica rated it it was amazing Shelves books read in 2018 For the past several years, I have been following Joshua Becker s blog I have also read all of his books through this one His new book, The Minimalist Home is full of great information for anyone wanting to declutter and re focus their life.When I read Becker s first books, we were getting ready to move and I knew I needed to get rid of stuff His encouraging books and blogs helped us pare down and make that move What we didn t know then was that we would make 3 moves in a short time spa For the past several years, I have been following Joshua Becker s blog I have also read all of his books through this one His new book, The Minimalist Home is full of great information for anyone wanting to declutter and re focus their life.When I read Becker s first books, we were getting ready to move and I knew I needed to get rid of stuff His encouraging books and blogs helped us pare down and make that move What we didn t know then was that we would make 3 moves in a short time span Each time, we pared down a little We have now been in this house for three yearsd we were starting to pick up some clutter again after family members passed away We knew we needed to once again declutter, which is why I wanted to read The Minimalist Home Becker is so encouraging and clear in his method of walking you through decluttering your house that I think he makes the process enjoyable Besides his how to information, at the end of each chapter, Becker has a checklist to work through Besides his own minimizing story, each chapter also includes a lot of testimonials from other people who have decluttered I find it especially encouraging to read stories of others who have done this successfully and how much joy their life has since doing it.I enjoyed The Minimalist Home so much Becker is conversational in his writing in that I can almost feel him coaching me on I find the methods easy to follow I worked through much of the book and just have my office and the basement to finish decluttering after Christmas I would encourage anyone who wants to live a simpler life with less stuff to give The Minimalist Home a try It may seem overwhelming but when decluttering is broken down into the chunks that Becker suggests, it is so much doable I highly recommend it, not just to eliminate the excess stuff.but to head towards the life that you were created to live with time to do activities that you want to do flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Leslie M rated it liked it I wasn t sure what to expect from this book, but it s written by a very popular minimalist blogger, so I was interested in participating in the launch team.The book begins by asking the reader to imagine a vision for their life and the purpose of each room in their house Imagine the perfect room, in a way The reader is asked to determine if every item in said room supports the purpose of that room If it doesn t, there s no purpose for it, so it can be removed It sounds like something that co I wasn t sure what to expect from this book, but it s written by a very popular minimalist blogger, so I was interested in participating in the launch team.The book begins by asking the reader to imagine a vision for their life and the purpose of each room in their house Imagine the perfect room, in a way The reader is asked to determine if every item in said room supports the purpose of that room If it doesn t, there s no purpose for it, so it can be removed It sounds like something that could be easier said than done, but it s the basis for this book, which goes step by step through each room in the average house The author is quite descriptive about how best to determine what to keep and what to throw out or give away This book contains tips that would be very helpful for people looking to de clutter or downsize their home The Minimalist Home is a relatively short book, around 200 pages It s divided into three parts You, Spaces, and Future The chapters focus on different rooms in the house Some information is a bit repetitive from chapter to chapter, and I found myself skipping around Also, at times, it felt like the author was talking down to the reader making it feel like it should be his minimalist way or no way at all , which could turn some people off and prevent them from finishing the book There wasn t as much of a Christian angle to it as I d expected.The book did give me points to ponder, such as whether or not the things I ve accumulated over the years are being used and whether or not they re necessary Some quotes I liked Minimalism isn t about removing things you love It s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love Just because you have the space doesn t mean you have to fill it with stuff Disclaimer I received a complimentary copy from the publisher as part of their book launch team However, I wasn t required to leave a positive review PRHPartner flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 20, 2018 Book Chick Tori rated it really liked it review of another edition I am a fan of Joshua Becker One of my favorite books of his, that I re read often, is Simplify 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life I ve also read The More of Less Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own Inside Out Simplicity both great books.This book focused specifically on decluttering and minimizing in each individual room of one s home I can see how this could be a fabulous reference guide for someone new to the minimalist lifestyle or som I am a fan of Joshua Becker One of my favorite books of his, that I re read often, is Simplify 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life I ve also read The More of Less Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own Inside Out Simplicity both great books.This book focused specifically on decluttering and minimizing in each individual room of one s home I can see how this could be a fabulous reference guide for someone new to the minimalist lifestyle or someone who is overwhelmed and doesn t know where to start I appreciated how he went from room to room with step by step instructions suggestions on where to start in each room At the end of each room chapter he gave a Minimizing Checklist much like a summary checklist of what he had gone through in the chapter I thought that was helpful Overall the book was exactly what the title says A Room by Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life Having read several of his other books, this book seemed to repeat a lot of what I ve already read and have put into play in my own life, but that is understandable when it comes to teaching about minimalism He had a lot of quotes that I highlighted because they spoke to me If you are thinking of minimizing or need help decluttering your home, this book can help He has it set up in a easy method to follow and he doesn t force anything A person can minimize as much or as little as they feel comfortable with during that specific season in their life.A few quotes I liked Ask yourself what is really important and then have the courage to build your home and life around that answer Just because you have the space doesn t mean you have to fill it with stuff Never organize what you can discard A home that is filled with only the things you use and love will be a home that you love to use Source Netgalley flag 3 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 18, 2018 Mai rated it did not like it Shelves abandoned, arc, ebook, 1 star Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me a free copy of the book The fact that I got it for free does not influence my review in any way.Almost 10% of the book was taken up by introductions and why s I swear, I read some variation of the phrase before we start at least 5 times Then I just skipped to the second chapter oh wait, nope, that one s also pretty much the same So now we re a fifth into the book and haven t even started thinking about how to declutter, great.W Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me a free copy of the book The fact that I got it for free does not influence my review in any way.Almost 10% of the book was taken up by introductions and why s I swear, I read some variation of the phrase before we start at least 5 times Then I just skipped to the second chapter oh wait, nope, that one s also pretty much the same So now we re a fifth into the book and haven t even started thinking about how to declutter, great.When I got to the actual part where I was supposed to do something, most of the chapter was filled by why s yet again I get it, each room should have a purpose etc but you don t have to tell me that in every damn chapter Get to the point already flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 19, 2018 Nathan Albright rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves challenge 2018 Note This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah Waterbrook Press All thoughts and opinions are my own No one who knows my habits of book collecting would figure me to be someone who could argue for a minimalist home, and the only thing that keeps my clutter from being worse is a simple absence of space to fill with things rather than any sort of minimalist view towards the acquisition of possessions At times, my dutiful collection of a massive library 1 has led to entertaining Note This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah Waterbrook Press All thoughts and opinions are my own No one who knows my habits of book collecting would figure me to be someone who could argue for a minimalist home, and the only thing that keeps my clutter from being worse is a simple absence of space to fill with things rather than any sort of minimalist view towards the acquisition of possessions At times, my dutiful collection of a massive library 1 has led to entertaining situations to wonder about the sort of possessions that we are most likely to hoard There are ironies in the fact that a book about decluttering and reducing possessions is likely to be a part of increasing clutter relating to the possession of books that continually increases 2 despite my own occasional and generally half hearted efforts to arrest this increase Like many people, I struggle with the issue of clutter, and like many people this clutter leads to unnecessary duplication of items and the waste of significant effort in trying to find things that I am looking for, as well as the concern that exists over the preservation of my mountain of stuff.This book of a bit than 200 pages is divided into three parts and twelve chapters The author begins with a look at the reader, starting with an appeal for the reader to engage in a minimalist makeover 1 along with a discussion of the Becker method at removing clutter from one s life 2 , something that is repeated often with varying degrees of emphasis throughout the book The second part of the book takes a systematic look at places in one s house where clutter can be removed, starting with the living room and family room 3 , moving to bedrooms and guest rooms 4 , seeking a simple and iconic look by cleaning one s closets and mudroom 5 , making a clean sweep of the bathrooms and laundry rooms 6 , decluttering the kitchen and dining rooms by removing specialized items and taking control of surfaces 7 , freeing the mind by cleaning the home office 8 , unburdening oneself from past hobbies and too many toys 9 , and clearing out the garage and yard 10 After a special section for maintaining one s minimalistic approach, the author closes with a look at the future with chapters on advising people to get a smaller house than one can afford to reduce various costs 11 and a discussion on how changing one s lifestyle to a minimalistic one has implications and repercussions in other aspects of our lives 12.To be sure, the author engages in a slight bit of overselling his point It is natural and human for writers to think that what they are talking about is something of pivotal and even universal importance that is being ignored or neglected, and at times the author seems like an evangelist for decluttering rather than a minister for Christ who happens to urge believers to live in a simplified manner Given that the author has written multiple volumes on this subject, that impression seems to be an accurate one Even so, the author is correct that far too many of us have far too many things and that our things own us as much as or than we own them Likewise, our ability to show hospitality and generosity is often hindered by our clutter, both over our shame and concern about being judged as hoarders as well as in the fact that our acquisition of things and stuff hinders our ability to be open hearted to those who go without Even if I think the author is guilty of some excess in trying to make his point, it must be conceded that the author s advice is timely and wise and should be taken by a lot people 1 See, for example 2 See, for example flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Everydayreader1 rated it liked it As the title suggests, Joshua Becker shows the reader, step by step, how to declutter and minimize each room in the home, including the garage and the yard He continues with the theme of less is , as he has in previous books He also explains what minimalism is and what it isn t, as well as the benefit of the minimalist lifestyle.

    I ve been drawn to minimalist information and how to books for many years Though I have not embraced the minimalist way of life fully, as of now, I am definit

    As the title suggests, Joshua Becker shows the reader, step by step, how to declutter and minimize each room in the home, including the garage and the yard He continues with the theme of less is , as he has in previous books He also explains what minimalism is and what it isn t, as well as the benefit of the minimalist lifestyle.

    I ve been drawn to minimalist information and how to books for many years Though I have not embraced the minimalist way of life fully, as of now, I am definitely moving in that direction, and over the years have kept fewer possessions Each time I read one of Joshua Becker s books, I am once again motivated to declutter and keep less durable goods I found this book equally motivational and fascinating It s a great read for anyone interested in the subject of minimalism, and a very practical guide for those who want to begin to live a minimalist life.

    flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Mollie rated it it was amazing An upbeat, comprehensive, step by step guide to creating a fulfilling life by minimizing Success stories, lists, and room by room suggestions enable the reader to feel inspired and not overwhelmed by what could otherwise be a daunting project flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Megan Ericson rated it it was amazing Shelves minimalism Joshua Becker took his 10 years of experience writing about minimalism and packed it all into these 200 pages I have never read a practical, step by step guide to decluttering your home I would recommend this book to anyone but especially to moms and dads who want to get a handle on their stuff so they can spend time on what really matters.Some of my favorite quotes from the book Minimalism isn t about removing the things you love It s about removing the things that distract you Joshua Becker took his 10 years of experience writing about minimalism and packed it all into these 200 pages I have never read a practical, step by step guide to decluttering your home I would recommend this book to anyone but especially to moms and dads who want to get a handle on their stuff so they can spend time on what really matters.Some of my favorite quotes from the book Minimalism isn t about removing the things you love It s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love If there is one secret formula to living simply and clutter free, it is this believe it is possible and take the next step We minimize not out of guilt but because of our goals It s a positive process flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 07, 2018 Theresa rated it really liked it This book caught my eye because about 8 years ago, I was a homeschool mom blogger and I came across a 40 Bags in 40 Days Lenten challenge Each day for the forty days of Lent, you fill one bag with stuff to donate It changed my life Having less stuff was very liberating It was easier to keep my house clean which meant I had time for other interests.A few years later, the Kon Marie Simple Art of Tidying Up came out and I spent hours picking up my things and deciding if I loved them or This book caught my eye because about 8 years ago, I was a homeschool mom blogger and I came across a 40 Bags in 40 Days Lenten challenge Each day for the forty days of Lent, you fill one bag with stuff to donate It changed my life Having less stuff was very liberating It was easier to keep my house clean which meant I had time for other interests.A few years later, the Kon Marie Simple Art of Tidying Up came out and I spent hours picking up my things and deciding if I loved them or not The biggest change this brought is that my husband embraced the idea of rolling his t shirts which allowed him to see ALL of them when he opened his drawer he was so excited about this that he has actually brought other men who wanted to see his rolled t shirt drawer and they all exclaimed about how it must make packing a breeze and eliminate wrinkles when traveling Joshua Becker has written the newest book that will encourage Americans to have less stuff Joshua encourages us to realize that having less stuff will allow us time to pursue other interests What I liked most about this book was that he encourages you to get the whole family involved and talk about what to get rid of and why it s important His advice on talking about it as a family was very helpful and his method of looking at stuff as Benefit or Burden was insightful The Minimalist Home sets up a plan to tackle your home room by room or space by space There are checklists and action plans for each room that I found really helpful After having done the 40 Bags in 40 Days and reading about the Kon Marie method, I thought I had decluttered, but this book actually made me take a closer look, which I greatly appreciate and I feel much lighter as I scheduled a pickup of goods I will donate flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 12, 2018 Dana Portwood rated it really liked it It s been five years since I first encountered Joshua Becker and the concept of minimalism It has been a slow process and a life changing experience for me What I love about this book is that is answers so many of the questions I too have answered over the years in a methodical and practical way The difficult thing to convey about minismalism is that it looks entirely different for each family and for each person in a family But Joshua Becker does a great job explaining the philosophy withou It s been five years since I first encountered Joshua Becker and the concept of minimalism It has been a slow process and a life changing experience for me What I love about this book is that is answers so many of the questions I too have answered over the years in a methodical and practical way The difficult thing to convey about minismalism is that it looks entirely different for each family and for each person in a family But Joshua Becker does a great job explaining the philosophy without trying to dictate how specifically a person or family will determine what to keep and what to let go.Room by room, the reader is asked leading questions about what they want for their lives and how the style of their home reflects their personal values Minimalism is a journey of knowing ourselves and expressing that knowledge than it is about whittling down to a certain number of possessions and Mr Becker does a wonderful job capturing that vision in this book It is definitely one I will recommend to people who are seeking a different way of living than the American Dream the advertisers want us to accept flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Greta Upcloseandbookish rated it really liked it Think less about who you were Focus on who you are becoming.I am so glad that I am reviewing THE MINIMALIST HOME in January because it is the perfect book for the New Year and a fresh start It is written by the very popular minimalist blogger and author of The More of Less and it is a thorough room by room, step by step guide on how to declutter your home The philosophy of the author is that minimalism is the intentional promotion of things we most value and the removal of anything t Think less about who you were Focus on who you are becoming.I am so glad that I am reviewing THE MINIMALIST HOME in January because it is the perfect book for the New Year and a fresh start It is written by the very popular minimalist blogger and author of The More of Less and it is a thorough room by room, step by step guide on how to declutter your home The philosophy of the author is that minimalism is the intentional promotion of things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them which means that uncluttered homes makes you INTENTIONAL in living your life and make you FOCUS to what matters most to you.Some of the points in the book that I particularly enjoyed were The easy to follow, room by room format of the book for removing clutter from the home a.k.a The Becker Method It is structured in eight chapters living room and family room, bedrooms, clothes closets, bathrooms and laundry room, kitchen and dining areas, home office, storage areas toy room etc , garage and yard At the end of each chapter, there is a minimising list, a series of questions that will help you know if your decluttering process has been totally completed.At the end of your decluttering process, you can use the Minimalism Maintenance Guide to make sure you stay a minimalist There are daily weekly yearly and life season Maintenance Guidelines.The whole book makes you really think how you want to live your life by questioning what is really important to you.The useful and clever questions that you can use in order for your children to declutter their toy room.I wholeheartedly believe that There may be few better things you can do for your kids than teach them minimalism Minimalism will really and truly teach them to always look for the essentials in their life, how to live their lives with intentionality, follow a budget and not follow the mainstream of consumerism Think about it Can you imagine going back and living life over NOT BUYING all the stuff you re getting rid of today You may not be able to go back and start again, but your kids can start out right The point that the process of confronting our stuff is a process that, ultimately, forces us to confront ourselves.All in all, a thorough and well written book perfect for a fresh start flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Sarabi rated it it was amazing Before reviewing The Minimalist Home, I must admit that I have already made up my mind to minimalize my life I d lived in 6 different places in the last 5 years and each move was absolutely painful in terms of trying to get my stuff to fit into suitcases I often left kitchenware, linens and other such things behind because I couldn t take it all A few months ago, I decided it was time to get rid of all non essential goods prior to my next move I saw in another review that The Minimalist H Before reviewing The Minimalist Home, I must admit that I have already made up my mind to minimalize my life I d lived in 6 different places in the last 5 years and each move was absolutely painful in terms of trying to get my stuff to fit into suitcases I often left kitchenware, linens and other such things behind because I couldn t take it all A few months ago, I decided it was time to get rid of all non essential goods prior to my next move I saw in another review that The Minimalist Home is poorly organized, despite being a book about home organization Either the publisher saw the feedback and rearranged the book before I received the ARC, or the other person was personally having an issue following the logic it happens to the best of us I found The Minimalist home easily to follow and relatively well written It s not a literary masterpiece, but the what , why and how come through clearly According to this book, you don t necessarily need to become an extreme minimalist Although the thread certainly is less is , Becker acknowledges that there are a variety of reasons why someone may end up with He knows that people with families may not be able to simply dump everything they don t find value in, because those things are valuable to other family members We can, however, attempt to guide our families In short, I recommend The Minimalist Home not only for people who want the simplest life possible, but also for people who simply feel they have far too much stuff and would like to part with some of it Thank you, NetGalley and Waterbrook Multnoman publishing for this advanced reader copy flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Amanda Anger rated it it was amazing Shelves simple living, 2019, physical copy This book was the perfect guide and accompaniment to my moving journey at the end of 2018, and I was grateful to be part of the launch team which meant I received this book in exchange for my honest review Each chapter of The Minimalist Home details a room in your home and lays out the potential for clutter in every corner Things I hadn t even considered were introduced and addressed Throughout each chapter were testimonials of other real life people who had put this advice to work and declut This book was the perfect guide and accompaniment to my moving journey at the end of 2018, and I was grateful to be part of the launch team which meant I received this book in exchange for my honest review Each chapter of The Minimalist Home details a room in your home and lays out the potential for clutter in every corner Things I hadn t even considered were introduced and addressed Throughout each chapter were testimonials of other real life people who had put this advice to work and decluttered their home As much as the author s perspective resonated with me, I also learned a lot from the perspectives of those who shared their stories Each home and each life varies from the others, and each are filled with different themes This cuts through the differences and addresses the similarities and how to effectively declutter Though this book didn t include a section on cleaning a sewing room, I was able to use the principles for each of the other rooms and attack my sewing room with a cleaning fervor that I hadn t had before I would definitely recommend this book to those who have desired to declutter their home, but haven t had a game plan This book is that step by step plan that you ve been looking for flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Yvette bookworlder rated it liked it Whether you are ready to dive into the deep end or merely looking for inspiration, what Joshua Becker provides in The Minimalist Home is a practical approach to applying a minimalist s approach to your home This is an evidence based guide, applicable to a variety of homes and living situations, with practical lists, testimonials, and a great deal of the author s own experience Inspiration and application are combined and even the spiritual aspect is covered, without the judgement or narrow pr Whether you are ready to dive into the deep end or merely looking for inspiration, what Joshua Becker provides in The Minimalist Home is a practical approach to applying a minimalist s approach to your home This is an evidence based guide, applicable to a variety of homes and living situations, with practical lists, testimonials, and a great deal of the author s own experience Inspiration and application are combined and even the spiritual aspect is covered, without the judgement or narrow prescriptive thinking that sometimes characterizes minimalism Rather, the author acknowledges and addresses different stages of life and living And rather than plunk you down in your newly minimized home and abandoning you to the impulse to refill every nook and cranny, a minimalism maintenance section is included.An eminently practical, approachable, and informative guide to minimalism in the home, this is a book that I highly recommend for both inspiration and application.This review refers to a paperback Uncorrected Proof I voluntarily received from the publisher A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Kimberly rated it it was amazing The Minimalist Home A Room by Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life by Becker, Joshua I was given this book by Waterbrook in exchange for my honest review.I know that my life is filled with clutter It seems that when I begin to get rid of some, I get distracted by other thoughts or memories When I cam across this book The Minimalist Home, I thought why not give it a try This book, by Joshua Becker, is a great way to motivate myself I am always afraid that if I put something away I wi The Minimalist Home A Room by Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life by Becker, Joshua I was given this book by Waterbrook in exchange for my honest review.I know that my life is filled with clutter It seems that when I begin to get rid of some, I get distracted by other thoughts or memories When I cam across this book The Minimalist Home, I thought why not give it a try This book, by Joshua Becker, is a great way to motivate myself I am always afraid that if I put something away I will forget where I put it Using Becker s advice of finding a better place for these things, I will hopefully not get so overwhelmed with clutter.This book does not make a person feel ashamed but instead motivates by giving encouragement When he talked about the peace one would feel when a space is decluttered, I was especially motivated.He has you go through one room at a time, there is even a suggested list of which areas to begin with Then he asks a series of questions to make the process easier This book is a great place to turn to in order to bring peace and focus to your life flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Martha Meyer rated it it was amazing Joshua Becker s book really made a difference to me after reading it, I started to work on my house.The difference between this book and all the others is that this book does NOT assume a decluttered home is the goal The freedom to pursue your mission is the goal and the cluttered home is simply one of the things standing in your way This re framing worked for me I believe the author when he says your passion and your mission will become easier to discern after you ve freed yourself of stuff Joshua Becker s book really made a difference to me after reading it, I started to work on my house.The difference between this book and all the others is that this book does NOT assume a decluttered home is the goal The freedom to pursue your mission is the goal and the cluttered home is simply one of the things standing in your way This re framing worked for me I believe the author when he says your passion and your mission will become easier to discern after you ve freed yourself of stuff and mess For me, having my house look better was not that valuable to me though I am liking what I have done so far but clearing my mind and heart to focus on my life s purpose that sounds much interesting Another thing that was helpful to me is how Mr Becker goes room by room with you rules for clearing the garage are different from organizing a home office or re purposing the kitchen table and it was nice to have approaches for each room spelled out.I found his emphasis on the lack of value in keeping up with fashion trends or using the color of the year in your furnishings refreshing This simplicity is an important value of my faith life and I had lost touch with it This is a perfect January read but you can read it anytime that s right for you flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves good books, non fiction It s kind of ironic that I m reading this book at Christmas time For several years now, I ve been getting and , I guess disillusioned with just getting things I think I ve been becoming frustrated with all the things I have, but I m so sentimental about memories that I don t want to get rid of stuff.If you had asked me before reading this book, I would have told you that I wouldn t be a minimalist because it means that your home is sparse and impersonal and there is no room for heirlo It s kind of ironic that I m reading this book at Christmas time For several years now, I ve been getting and , I guess disillusioned with just getting things I think I ve been becoming frustrated with all the things I have, but I m so sentimental about memories that I don t want to get rid of stuff.If you had asked me before reading this book, I would have told you that I wouldn t be a minimalist because it means that your home is sparse and impersonal and there is no room for heirlooms or memory things Yeah, I don t know where I got that idea, but Becker s minimalism is not like that.What I particularly like about this book is that it gives you guidelines for minimizing, rather than an out and out list There aren t rules such as you may only have five decorations per room Instead, Becker gives you examples and then gives you a checklist with things like does this room make me feel less stressed can I easily find things does this room function well for what I need it to So each room is minimized to fit YOUR life He also addresses memories and family items His approach and care with that subject that was a sticking point for me I think will help me greatly as I slowly start my minimalism journey Between the Madame Chic series and this book, I have a lot of changes that I want to make in my life I m not going to just jump and make a drastic switch, but rather I m going to start being intentional with my intake now, and just remove things gradually.After helping my aunt move, I thought of how there is 21 years of stuff in my parents house I m hoping to try and help them become at least slightly minimalistic because it will greatly help when they move someday I desire my home when I have one to be a place of ministry I dream of having a college student or two living with me to learn life skills I want to have people over and be able to pour into people s lives Developing a minimalistic mindset would greatly help in those aspirations Thank you to the publisher for a free copy of the book to review All opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, home Becker s writing is clear and concise, and he gives practical step by step advice I ve read several books on minimalism for families recently This one is just a variation on a theme My fav minimizing books are Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillan Smith and Minimalism for Families by Zoe Kim The Joy of Less by Francine Jay is good, too, but again, it s a variation on a theme I highly recommend Cozy because it s a bit different than all the others and has lovely full color photos, and then eithe Becker s writing is clear and concise, and he gives practical step by step advice I ve read several books on minimalism for families recently This one is just a variation on a theme My fav minimizing books are Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillan Smith and Minimalism for Families by Zoe Kim The Joy of Less by Francine Jay is good, too, but again, it s a variation on a theme I highly recommend Cozy because it s a bit different than all the others and has lovely full color photos, and then either this book, Jay s book, or Kim s book Becker, Jay, and Kim all have their own step by step minimizing system, so it s just a matter of which one speaks to you Or read all three to stay motivated They are all a pretty quick and easy read flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Joshua Becker and his young family were introduced to minimalism 6 years ago during a short conversation with their neighbor Since then, Joshua s story and writing have inspired millions around the world to find life by owning fewer possessions Today, based on his thoughtful and intentional approach to minimalism, he is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement reaching ov Joshua Becker and his young family were introduced to minimalism 6 years ago during a short conversation with their neighbor Since then, Joshua s story and writing have inspired millions around the world to find life by owning fewer possessions Today, based on his thoughtful and intentional approach to minimalism, he is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement reaching over 1 million readers every month.Joshua is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living that was named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the top ten personal development websites in 2015.He is also the Wall Street Journal best selling author of Simplify and Clutterfree with Kids He has contributed to articles in Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Christianity Today And he is a frequent guest on HuffPost Live and has appeared on numerous television programs, including the CBS Evening News.He is also the Founder of The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing how the world cares for orphans Currently, he lives in Peoria, AZ with his wife and two young kids


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    1. 4 StarsMy personal rating for this book as far as how much I enjoyed it would be a 3, but I am giving it a 4 star rating as I believe the book and its message has a lot to offer to anyone new to minimalism and the minimalism philosophy I have been on the minimalist journey geez, I sound like such a cliche, but whatever for over a year now and I went at it pretty much the same way I go at most thingswhich is to say HARD I have never been a hoarder except when it comes to book hoardi 4 StarsMy per [...]


    2. Wow, this book helped me with a momentous move My husband and I are newly empty nested after decades of kids and a mother in law on board in a much larger house than our new 2 bedroom condo It s not easy to scale back That means you have to throw away things you thought you would always have But, as Joshua Becker so effectively points out, they are just things He made me realize that we should use things and treasure people Not the other way around A simple, yet revolutionary thought Wow, this b [...]



    3. I received this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review Have never heard of the author, I thought it would ve refreshing But sadly was not It was a very repetitive, and I found his writing style a bit messy He kept saying things like in the next chapter We ll talk in the coming pages etc. which really bother me He talks about how to declutter your house room by room, and its mixed With his experience and real life testimonies,he also added some data about the average I received this [...]


    4. The goal of minimalism is not just to own less stuff The goal is to unburden our lives so we can accomplish This is a quote by Joshua Becker in The Minimalist Home Minimalism in your home and life simplifies every aspect of living The author offers room by room examples to streamline possessions and furniture Objects that are not necessary can be relocated, sold, donated or recycled This book is not for hoarders minimalism could apply to most of our homes Joshua Becker guides thro The goal of m [...]


    5. Many thanks to NetGalley, Waterbrook and Multnomah, and Joshua Becker for an ARC in exchange for an honest review My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.Joshua Becker has been in the minimal business for about 10 years He has a website where you can get lots of tips and advice, including a newsletter sent to your inbox every so often He has written other books but this one is sort of the culmination of his life s work He has been on TV, speaks all over an Many [...]


    6. I first heard about Joshua Becker while reading Cozy Minimalist Home In it, Myquillin Smith talks about Becker s first very popular book, The More of Less, and how it inspired her to look at her house and her possessions in a new, minimalist, light I ve never read The More of Less, but when I saw that Becker was coming out with a new book, I jumped on the chance to read it The Minimalist Home is a helpful and motivational read, though it s not perfect The book is divided in [...]


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