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The Minimalist Home


I have this whole idea that I want to be a minimalist. Is it actually going to happen? Probably not. Why? I have kids who have a million toys, a million clothes, and a million things that we just can’t seem to get rid of. I also have a ton of my own things. We have moved from a three bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment, so our belongings decreased by at least half, but my goal would be to decrease that by at least half as well. In order to prepare myself for this inevitable clearing out I read The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker.

Like the Konmari method, this book will teach you how to organize and declutter your home. Unlike the Konmari method, this book will teach you how to do this by going to each room, instead of categories. The idea behind Joshua’s minimalist movement is that if we have less stuff, then we have more time to enjoy our lives and our families. I totally get that, and I love that idea. Most of the time the stuff that we acquire is crap that we rarely even use. Things that take up space and time but have no relevant purpose in our lives.

You can refocus your life on the people in it, and the activities that you want to enjoy doing with those people, instead of cleaning up the possessions that we accumulate over the years. Decluttering can be hard, time consuming and stressful, but the fact of the matter is that decluttering your home can also declutter your mind.

With step by step instructions, Joshua helps you on your journey through the powerful art of minimalism. I’m still trying to finish minimizing our belongings, but it’s hard. It can be scary to get rid of your possessions, but I do know that having less can make you feel incredible. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, a perfect introduction to the world of minimalism.

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