Today I want to talk a bit about a fantastic book I read recently: The More of Less by Joshua Becker. If you travel in the minimalism circles at all, you’ve probably heard of Joshua from his blog, Becoming Minimalist. I have been a big fan of Joshua’s blog for awhile now, and I’ve read his e-book, Simplify, a few years ago (also a good read!). I was excited to read his new book and get deeper into my minimalism journey.
I’ve always been a decently clutter free person. I don’t like piles of stuff sitting around and overall I don’t like lots of things on surfaces & walls. I love a more open, fresh, clean feel. But reading through this book (and previously his blog) really helped me see where I could pare down even more to make my life easier & simpler. I love this idea! I don’t have any goals of having a sparse home with one chair and everything white. I know this is what a lot of people picture when they hear the word “minimalism”. However, minimalism is not just that…minimalism is what you make it. Its about you having things you need, things that bring you joy and that don’t hold you back from living life.
Joshua starts his book speaking of how organizing & cleaning his garage kept him from enjoying a beautiful day playing with his child. That’s when it hit him that owning stuff was taking away from enjoying time with his family.
The More of Less takes you through the process of finding your vision of what you want your life to look like, and then leading you through, step by step to declutter your home. Its an inspiring book, and I highly recommend it. I have not finished our home yet, but its a work in progress. Throughout the process I’m finding ways to declutter both our possessions as well as things like electronic distractions, activities that take up time & that I really don’t want to have as part of my life, etc.
I will say that even though I haven’t finished the whole process, the things I HAVE changed have really been amazing. I’m loving the feeling of less and the feeling of freedom that gives. I’m excited to finish the process…which involves lots of trips to the local thrift store for drop offs! 🙂
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. While the book was given to me, the thoughts & opinions on it are all my own!