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

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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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by Waterbrook Press (first published December 2018)
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

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
Oct 17, 2018 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 more 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
Sep 24, 2018 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 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 thro ...more
Dec 19, 2018 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, more 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
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought The Minimalist Home was going to be about reducing clutter and organizing, which it is, but it's more. 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
Patty Smith
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
Sep 05, 2018 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
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 more moves in a short time spa
Leslie M.
Nov 15, 2018 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
Book Chick (Tori)
Jun 20, 2018 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
Aug 18, 2018 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.

Nathan Albright
Oct 19, 2018 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
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An upbeat, comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating a more 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..
Megan Ericson
Dec 07, 2018 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 more 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 more 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
Jun 07, 2018 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 more 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
Dana Portwood
Jul 12, 2018 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 ...more
Greta (Upcloseandbookish)
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Think less about who you were. Focus more 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
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Dec 27, 2018 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
Amanda Anger
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Yvette (bookworlder)
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
Nov 30, 2018 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
Martha Meyer
Jan 07, 2019 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
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's kind of ironic that I'm reading this book at Christmas time.

For several years now, I've been getting more and more, 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
Jan 02, 2019 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 ...more
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Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved this book! it's short, and to the point. I recently moved house and realized how much stuff i have accumulated over the years....(books don't count as my stuff).

I wasn't sure where to start....and so started following simple advise from this book! Two weeks later,..I've pretty much got rid of lots of duplicate in the house. I am more mindful about replacing those duplicates.

I love the fact that after clean up, you've also got an advise on how to keep it going...(I have a long way to go..
Olga Cepurīte
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

An interesting insight into leaving stuff behind and minimalising your posessions. Somewhere between The Minimalists and the Why on one side and Marie Kondo/Bea Johnson and the How on the other. For me it contained a lot of information I already knew and at times it was repetitive. If it’s the first encounter with minimalism, it’s a good starting point - makes you think “Do I really need this?”. If you’re already into minimalism, you won’t find loads of new stuff there.

On the other han
Bethwyn (Butterfly Elephant Books)
Having read a few books on minimalism by this point, and having a favourite that I actually reread regularly for inspiration, a lot of this book felt a little re-hashed to me - stuff I've read before and know about fairly intimately.
However, it was clear how much research had gone into the writing of this book, and the testimonies sprinkled throughout, and at the very end of the book, were absolutely wonderful.

A definite winner for those new to minimalism who want a guide to clearing and declutt
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
***I received a free copy in return for an honest review***

I enjoyed reading this book and learning about the minimalist approach to the home. I thought the room-by-room advice for minimizing possessions was helpful. In particular I found the section on downsizing the home and the many benefits that provides to be a fresh perspective I haven't read in other books about organization and minimalism. Overall, this book helped me take a good look at my lifestyle and evaluate ways to implement minima
Kristin Lee Williams
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a practical book with some good tips for creating a more minimalist home. I appreciate how the author was careful to draw a line between currently popular minimalist decorating/design styles and actual minimalist lifestyle/philosophy. Joshua Becker’s advice about involving the whole family and working room by room was helpful too. There are some aspects that reminded me of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up but o
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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 more 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 ...more
“Over the course of an average lifetime, because of all the clutter we live in, we will spend 3,680 hours, or 153 days, searching for misplaced items.” 1 likes
“Have the courage to build your life around what is really most important to you.” 1 likes
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