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The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  6,934 ratings  ·  836 reviews
Don’t Settle for More
Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing.
While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our God-given passions to t
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by WaterBrook
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Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
3 Stars

I have gotten into minimalism over the last year or so and I think this is the third, or fourth (or fifth?) book I've read on the subject.

I think if this had been the first book I had read on minimalism, I would have enjoyed it more. For those just starting to dip their toe into this way of living, this book is probably great; but, for those like myself who have already been at it for a while, it really has nothing new to offer. In addition to that, there is a LOT of Christian/religious
Rachel Willard
May 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
There was nothing new here compared to his other books and other authors have done better with this subject. I also didn't appreciate the gratuitous amount of Christian preaching that this book had. There should have been a disclaimer on the back that this was a religious book.
Emma Sea
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
A very good book if you are considering cutting down on your stuff and just want a nudge to take the plunge. If you've already made that decision this will not be as useful.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I skimmed this book, and I did so because:

1) I'm at the point where I'm more interested in practical application and exercises, not personal stories. A bit of that is fine, but every minimalist blogger or author has a story of how they came to to minimalism, and those stories aren't that different.

2) Religion. Becker is a Christian, and he states in the introduction that he's included bible stories as support of the minimalist lifestyle. Fair enough. That's not my cup of tea, as t
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in minimalism or simplifying your life
So I've been a minimalist for a solid year and a half now and it's been almost two years since I started researching and toying with the idea of it. For a while I said I was on a "minimalist kick," but clearly it's not just a kick anymore.

Joshua Becker's blog, Becoming Minimalist, has been one of my favorite resources as I've progressed on my minimalism journey, so even though I'm nowhere near the beginning of my minimalism journey and have read a lot of his stuff, I was still excited to pick th
Anne Lawson
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the world of simplicity/decluttering books (and there are a lot out there now), some say Joshua Becker says nothing new.

Others have criticized his emphasis on Christianity.

Here's my take:
1. I have read nearly ALL books having to do with minimalism, simplicity, decluttering, cleaning. This is probably my second-favorite, if not favorite (Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is just quirky and intense enough to be vying for the top spot). Becker does say things others aren't saying: for instanc
Jen Dykxhoorn
Jul 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Mediocre at best.
Didn't realize the overt religiosity contained in the book. Becker attempts to justify the biblical bits as "relevant to all faiths and viewpoints" but he does come off as very preachy and self-richeous.

I was reading this book to gain inspiration to continue my journey in minimalism. I had previously read Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and followed Cait Flanders (Blonde on a Budget)'s process of owning less and living more simply, which I found completely insp
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
First off this book is from a Christian perspective. I'm Christian so this worked for me and made me appreciate it even more. However for those who will be turned off by scripture stories this might not be for you (they are just at the beginning and at the end). This is the 4th clutter/dejunking/minimalizing book I have read in the past couple months. I found a lot of inspiration from this one. Not too many ideas on how to organize but great thoughts and stories that inspired me to want to chang ...more
Moshe Mikanovsky
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book
Some good advice in this book. Would have been higher rating if not for the Christian/Jesus references throughout the book. Felt preachy at times. If the book would have been named The More Of Less for the Christian Soul I could have decided to read it, or not, with that context. But it's not. If Christian messages are not your cup of tea, stay away.
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
A book on minimalism life style but nothing new, at least for me... Probably better for someone who is completely new to minimalism. The only useful take home message for me is the 29 rule - remove 29 or 29% of your items (e.g., clothes, kitchen appliances, etc.) for 29 days and see if you're still eager to put them back. If not, better get rid of it.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have followed the author's blog for quite a while, so the book was a bit repetitive for me. Plus, there were too many religious "tie-ins" that I wasn't expecting. If you're not familiar with minimalism this would be a good start though.
Conrad Zero
An excellent beginner's guide to minimalism. Plenty of practical advise for starting out, and I really enjoyed his attitude/mindset towards minimalism - not just in material things but in your time and relationships as well. He suggests looking at your life to figure out what you actually need as opposed to what you can afford (or aquire with credit.) Thoughtful subtopics include minimizing along with others in the fam, and how to encourage minimizing with kids.

And this isn't simply reducing for
Sep 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
One star is probably too harsh because the writing was fine, it was easy to read and moved along. He just didn't have much to say. From the intro, I thought it was going to be more of a memoir of his experiences with minimalism, with some insights from a Christian perspective. Instead, it's really just decluttering tips gathered from various sources with some social science statistics stuck in and a couple of bible stories. His pastoral background came through in his constant exhortations to act ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
**Disclaimer** I checked this book out from the local library, so it did not add permanent clutter to my house :)

I'm going limit my review to a list of things I liked and didn't like, since this is a book about minimalism after all.

What I liked: First, Minimalism is a needed force to push against the excess in our modern society. Our houses are (on average) *1000* square feet larger than in 1970 (2700 vs. 1700). This is despite the fact that our families are smaller. We have come to expect walk

Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: simplify
3.5 rounded up.

This was good but not great, and it got a little preachy at the end. Joshua Becker's ultimate hope is that you use minimalism as a way to give back to the community in a big way, as in 'since we downsized and now pay $3,000 less a year in mortgage costs, let's donate our $3,000 Christmas bonus to a village in Africa so they can have clean water'. I think Becker's heart is in the right place, but this seems a bit of a stretch for me. I truly hope to be increasingly more charitable
Kelene Totzke
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Joshua Becker’s new book, “The More of Less.” By the 2nd chapter, I had to put the book down for a second to get a highlighter. As I continued to read, I started thinking, “I can’t wait to pass this book on to (insert several friends’ names here).” But then I realized I want to keep my copy as a reference. So, spoiler alert, my new go-to all-occasion gift is this terrific book.

Reading “The More of Less” is like listening to a frie
Jelle Derckx
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joshua Becker was in 2008 bezig met het opruimen van zijn garage. Hij maakte tijdens het opruimen een praatje met zijn buurvrouw die zei: ‘Ja, we zijn niet allemaal minimalist zoals mijn dochter’. Toen ging er een lampje branden bij Joshua net als bij mij in 2012. ‘Minimalisme kan mij helpen om een leven te krijgen met meer overzicht, focus en rust’ dacht hij.

Hij begon met rigoureus opruimen en met zijn blog Zijn blog is inmiddels uitgegroeid tot één van de grootste blogs
Our world checks the wrong scoreboard. Those who live in excess are not necessarily the ones who have the most fulfilled lives. Often it is those who live quietly, modestly, and contentedly with a simple life who are the happiest.

For the last years I have been trying to cut down on the amount of things I own and it seems at the end of each year I acquired more stuff I don't need. Reading this book is the kick in the ass I needed to get my act together and once and for all decide to live with l
Lauren (
Did not finish.

I've read quite a few books on minimalism & decluttering so far, and at this point I can tell pretty early on whether a book on this topic will be for me. This wasn't. I have an extreme disconnect with religion and the moment he started writing about Jesus I was like, "NOPE."Didn't get very far in, though, so if you're a Christian you might enjoy it.

Read these books instead:
Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living
The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Sim
Ericka Clouther
I read a lot of these home organization books- and this one is more about minimalism- but this one has so much soul! I loved it!
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I must admit I was disappointed when the opening story for this book was exactly the same as his other book, Clutter Free with Kids. However the last few chapters more than made up for it.
If you're new, or relatively new to this subject this is a great book to start. If you're looking for the actual steps you need to take to sort through your items, perhaps another book would be better. This book did handle the actual getting rid of stuff process very well. As in what to do with the stuff you wa
Sara Vickers
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, a good companion to The Year of Less, by Cait Flanders. Enjoyed the balance of tips and personal history he gave throughout the book. Could have gone with less of the God talk, but he stated other religions as well, so it was a nice balance.
Rachel A.  Dawson
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-rad-reads
I'm so attracted to the idea of minimalism, but I'm also such an over-spender and shopper and Target lover, ya know? So this one definitely sparked my interest when I saw it come by the office book pile of advanced reader copies we get from publishers. It, like Marie Kondo's book, made me PURGE my closets and room and everything, which I think is exactly the point. I'm really adopting much more of a minimalist mindset about my spending and really trying to streamline how I spend money and what I ...more
Jenny Bunting
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I was a little iffy on this book at first. It felt like a Beginner's Guide to Minimalism but soon morphed into a book that could help even the most hardcore of minimalists.

This is a great next step for anyone who has read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up and wants more about the practice of minimalism. I especially liked how the book progressed on how you can use new found resources to help others. I wished it touched more on how to clear clutter from other places in your life and
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had very high hopes for this one, as I am a minimalist at heart, but I was disappointed. Maybe I've just read all there is to read on the subject but I kept having the feeling that Becker was trying to sell me on minimalism, literally, which I suppose makes sense since promoting it is his job, and as such it came across to me as a series of soundbites as opposed to sincerity. I'm sure living this way has changed his life for the better but I just never felt inspired to make any changes or even ...more
Challice Neipp
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have watched many opinions on Minimalism, read many books, and asked many opinions. I have received excellent council! However, outside of the council by those that know me, I found this book to be the best written on this topic. It isn't about owning a certain amount of items but in having a certain lifestyle maintained by not having to keep up with so much. Dave Ramsey talks about getting out of debt so you can maintain a lifestyle built on helping others, Joshua Becker wants to help you get ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it

I found this book useful although I am not a materialistic person. It did make me think of the times I bought something to make me feel better!!
We do live in a consumerism society and to revalue our own needs is always a good thing! Living life to the extreme is detrimental and valuing relationships over material things is something we all should refocus on!! I personally find things of sentimental value hard to let go off but I do realise we all leave these things behind some day!!
To apprecia
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even if you, like me, are not intent on becoming a minimalist right now, this book is very impactful. I love Becker's emphasis on living with purpose above all else. He ties that into minimalism, but more than anything, I loved his take on imbuing your life with meaning and gratitude. I'd highly recommend it to readers of all ages.

"Dream big dreams for the one life you have been given. Then wake up and live them."
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was good. I appreciated the leveling concept that Joshua introduced. I find myself doing that more now that I've moved into a smaller place...trying out getting rid of things for a period of time. I didn't get a lot of new ideas, but it's definitely worth the read for a minimization tune-up.
Christina DeVane
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this motivating read to live life in control of what you own and not spending your life taking care of all your stuff. I appreciated his analogy of generational impact on keeping things as I’ve thought this myself. Also his emphasis on minimalism will look different for every family and to have try out periods to see what you can do without.
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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
“You don't need more space. You need less stuff.” 9 likes
“Our excessive possessions are not making us happy. Even worse, they are taking us away from the things that do. Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we are free to pursue all the things that really do matter.” 8 likes
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