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

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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
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by WaterBrook
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
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
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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.
Gina
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
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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
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Sarah
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
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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
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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.
Kathy
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
Bingjun
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.
Katrina
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
Deb
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.
Leah
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love minimalism. This book is allllll about it haha obvie...

I enjoyed the mindset and strategies to tackle clutter and gave me motivation to get rid of stuff! And also to give.
Lisa
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
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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
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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
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Laura
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

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Lauren (LaurenHannah.net)
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 Simplif
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Donna Brown
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, audio
Audio - 4.5⭐️ I love reading and hearing anything to do with minimalism. Am I a minimalist? Far from it. But I’m working on changes. So I enjoyed the message. I just need to take action.
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
Jennifer
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
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!
Jelle Derckx
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-plus
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 becomingminimalist.com. Zijn blog is inmiddels uitgegroeid tot één van de grootste blogs
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Amanda Setasha Hall
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A super decent book on minimalism that actually tells you HOW to decrease your items. It gives you a ton of different options/challenges, like
- Throw out 1000 items
- Pack away 29 items for 29 days
etc. Along with a lot of other ones.
Vivian
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Thank you Joshua Becker for your inspirational and motivating "why" and "how to" manual on what you call "minimalism". I've already implemented some of your very practical and doable suggestions. I've read aloud many excerpts to my family. It seems we've been on this journey for at least a decade.

Here's our story. We were driving through a nearby small town on our way to hiking to a grotto when we passed by a model home that we stopped to explore. We ended up touring that home several times ove
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Kent
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I listened to this as a sort of pep talk before I moved into my new house. I also don't think it hurts to take a look at my online shopping habit now that Trump made our browsing data a yard sale. Marketers know me better than I know myself and I think I should try to become more mindful before they try to sell me shit I don't even know I want. I'd at least like to put up a fight.

I was attracted to this book more out of anti-materialism than minimalism. I've always been very materialistic and h
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Cathy Scott
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! I've read the Kon Mari book as well and enjoyed this one much more. Although they both have somewhat different purposes. This book was great at explaining what minimalism is, why people do it, how to achieve it, and what benefits it can bring.

I really appreciated how simple and straightforward this read was. He would outline the topics of each chapter at the beginning and then give a quick summary of his main points at the end of each chapter. I borrowed this book fr
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Christy
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
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BookOfCinz
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
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Jeanniehay64
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
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Joshua Becker is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of The Minimalist Home, The More of Less, Clutterfree with Kids and Simplify.

He is the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living visited by over 2 million readers every month with a social media following of over 2 million.

His blog was named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the top
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