The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker addresses an issue that so many of us face in today's society: too much clutter. Our homes are overflowing, our cupboards are full, and we are renting storage space just to contain it all. And yet many of us feel at a lose of how to end the madness. The Minimalist Home takes a systematic, step by step approach to decluttering with purpose. He attempts to take an overwhelming issue and focus on logical steps, all while keeping our sanity intact. But more importantly the author quickly zeroes in on our "why" for decluttering, and the main idea is "who is owning who." Do we own our possessions or do they own us? This thought became increasingly clear when I set out to put this concept into action. Taking Becker's advice, and being armed with this book and a good dose of courage, I attempted to follow through with my own little decluttering experiment. First, I worked in my bedroom, tossing out clothes that have long since seen better days or seemed to have shrunk a few sizes while resting in my dresser. It felt good. But then came the hard stuff: old journals filled with poetry and stories, cards from my Grandmother, momentos from oversea travel. So I jumped to the kitchen, purging and sorting, and cleaning as I went. Until it too became more difficult:gadgets, cakes pans, and vintage pieces. I found that no matter what room I was in, I had to keep coming back to Becker's central question: Who is owning who? That's what sets this book apart. And ultimately it's what will dictate whether I'm successful or not. Will I own my possessions or will I allow them to own me? Truthfully the answer to this one may change from time to time, season to season. However, I think this is a battle well worth fighting and I do believe that Becker's book is an excellent tool to use. Logical, sincere, and insightful, Joshua Becker has laid out a thorough plan of attack. And while I don't see myself minimizing as much as he has, his suggestions and checklists make this an easy to follow process. In the weeks that I've owned this book, I've found myself decluttering in starts and stops as the inspiration hits. My journey is one of ups and downs, and certainly some detours. However, The Minimalist Home keeps calling me back, and I know in time, I will find myself in a more peaceful, organized home thanks to this book. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
The Minimalist Home : A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life
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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 more inviting living space. It's also to turn our life's HQ--our home--into a launching pad for a more fulfilling and productive life in the world.
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An Excellent Tool with the Right Mindset
The goal of minimalism...
The goal of minimalism is not just to own less stuff. The goal is to unburden our lives so we can accomplish more." 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 more 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 more. A useful tool. Thank you to Waterbrook & Multnomah and NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Ive been slowly tryin...
I've been slowly trying to organize our home, and when I say slowly I mean sloooooooowly! We've lived in our current home for over three years and still had unopened boxes in basement storage from our move. I requested this book from NetGalley in the hopes that it would motivate me to finally do something about all this stuff. While some of the book and the minimalist movement is not for me (I need to live with more than two towels and one plate and fork per person), some of it was incredibly helpful and motivating. I asked my in-laws to watch my children for one day and was able to tackle that basement storage room and open every box and the majority of the contents immediately went into the garage sale pile. I've managed to make it through the children's toys and bedrooms and have removed so much stuff! I still need to tackle the kitchen, and master bedroom and closet this week but I know I will be as ruthless as I was with the rest of the house. I'm planning an epic garage sale for this summer! "A home that is filled with only the things you use and love will be a home that you love to use" (Thanks to NetGalley for this ebook in exchange for an honest review.)
Many thanks to NetGall...
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 more 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 more 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 more book to your bookshelf with this one.
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