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The Minimalist Home

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 I received an e copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewShort version don’t do this to yourself folks Just don’t There are better books about minimalism andor decluttering out thereLong 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 betterThis book isn’t like thatI 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 eual 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 reasonableBut 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 uite so annoying Unfortunately the author peppers his text with much judgment and condescensionThe 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 acuaintance 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 freuently 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 theyThis is followed by considering how many beauty products women have useThen 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 pursuitsAnd 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 youThen there are some examples of truly horrible pieces of advice My “favourite

review The Minimalist Home

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 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 uote 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


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  1. says:

    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 andor 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 drawersyou 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 garagethen this book is for youNow 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 helpmotivation with doing some spring cleaning


  2. says:

    I received an e copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewShort version don’t do this to yourself folks Just don’t There are better books about minimalism andor decluttering out thereLong 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 betterThis book isn’t like thatI 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 eual 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 reasonableBut 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 uite so annoying Unfortunately the author peppers his text with much judgment and condescensionThe 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 acuaintance 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 freuently 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 theyThis is followed by considering how many beauty products women have useThen 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 pursuitsAnd 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 youThen 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 uickly 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 uickly 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 planetThen 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 guessTwo uotes 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 eyerollYou know I do get the thought process behind this concept I do Larger does not have to eual 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 uite 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 folksIn 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


  3. says:

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️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 outrecycle 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😊


  4. says:

    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 uote 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


  5. says:

    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 copyJoshua 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 lifeUgh 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


  6. says:

    Mini Review to follow


  7. says:

    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 testimonieshe 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 uite ironic that the book is very messy cluttered with words that are not necessary


  8. says:

    3 starsFor such a popular book I found it about average in the world of home 'decluttering' books It may have gone into a bit detail about where to clean and how to eliminate stuff than some other books It also did not lecture about what to keep and what to get rid of It kept referring back to a couple of uestions to ask yourself if you had any hesitation between keeping or discarding I believe that the average American probably does not live in a home that limits their mobility or impedes their social life There are much larger causes that burden people than an extra picture on their wall coat in their closet or nicknack on their table Putting hoarders aside I believe that most people feel health wealth and loved surrounded by those things that bring back good memories and resinate happiness in their life So in my opinion do your everyday house cleaning clean a little deeper twice a year discard stuff as you see that you no longer need it and in your leisure time read something that fulfills you


  9. says:

    Nah Boring imitation of Marie Kondo's philosophy but without her charm and excitement but with drive by Jesus stories I'm not amused with evangelicals hiding their messagetone You want to organize your home or wash your face while using biblical stories fine just mention it in the subtitle so I can stay away from it


  10. says:

    THE MINIMALIST HOME by Joshua Becker considered one of the movement’s gurus provides a simple room by room approach to clearing your home of excess clutter and living happily with less I was struck by his assertion — one I’ve found true in my own life — that by making literal space in your home you make “space” in your life for untapped dreams to come forth He describes the benefits that he derived in his own life less financial outlay when you own fewer things time for what matters better example for his kids of being satisfied with less All of that rang true hence my 5 star review Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah and NetGalley for the ARC Opinions are mine#TheMinimalistHome #NetGalley


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