The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
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 greatest passions to ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
And this isn't simply reducing for ...more
Reading The More of Less is like listening to a friend. ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Hij begon met rigoureus opruimen en met zijn blog becomingminimalist.com. Zijn blog is inmiddels uitgegroeid tot één van de grootste blogs ...more
- Throw out 1000 items
- Pack away 29 items for 29 days
etc. Along with a lot of other ones.
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 ...more
I was attracted to this book more out of anti-materialism than minimalism. I've always been very materialistic and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!!