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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 offer
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by Waterbrook Press
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

My personal rating for this book (as far as how much I "enjoyed" it) would be a 3, but I am giving it a 4 star rating as I believe the book and its message has a lot to offer to anyone new to minimalism and the minimalism philosophy.

I have been on the minimalist "journey" (geez, I sound like such a cliche, but whatever) for over a year now and I went at it pretty much the same way I go at most things...which is to say HARD.

I have never been a hoarder (except when it comes to book hoardi
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JanB
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I are not minimalists in the strictest sense of the word, but we are neat freaks and neither of us are packrats. I actually find organizing closets and drawers fun. There’s a place for everything. No clutter. I didn’t necessarily NEED this book, but even if your home isn’t a cluttered mess, it’s very helpful for motivation to keep it that way.

We are empty nesters and recently moved to a new city and state. Prior to moving we spent a year clearing out stuff, auctioned the rest, and
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Girl
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Short version: don’t do this to yourself, folks. Just don’t. There are better books about minimalism (and/or decluttering) out there.

Long version: the thing is, I actually usually like books about minimalism and about downsizing your life, particularly the ones that offer practical solutions with regard to decluttering one’s life. They can be very soothing. They show the reader that change is possible, that others
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j e w e l s
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 th
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Carole
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
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
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Megan Rosol
Nah. Boring imitation of Marie Kondo's philosophy but without her charm and excitement, but with drive-by Jesus stories. I'm not amused with evangelicals hiding their message/tone. You want to organize your home or wash your face while using biblical stories, fine, just mention it in the subtitle so I can stay away from it. ...more
Lilithcarter
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
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♥ Sandi ❣
3 stars

For such a popular book, I found it about average in the world of home 'decluttering' books. It may have gone into a bit more detail about where to clean and how to eliminate "stuff" than some other books. It also did not lecture about what to keep and what to get rid of. It kept referring back to a couple of questions to ask yourself if you had any hesitation between keeping or discarding.

I believe that the average American probably does not live in a home that limits their mobility or
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Robin
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars for those who have already downsized and don't need advice, but 4.5 for those who have a house full of stuff and need inspiration.

I've read so many books on minimizing belongings and housing that this seemed like a rehash of what been published only with more theory and philosophizing and a smidge of a spiritual bend. I felt the author sometimes got a little "judgey" when observing others' households but there were a few insights I thought were valid. For example, as one who goes to a lo
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Literary Redhead
THE MINIMALIST HOME by Joshua Becker, considered one of the movement’s gurus, provides a simple room-by-room approach to clearing your home of excess clutter and living more happily with less. I was struck by his assertion — one I’ve found true in my own life — that by making literal space in your home, you make “space” in your life for untapped dreams to come forth. He describes the benefits that he derived in his own life ... less financial outlay when you own fewer things, more time for what ...more
Lorilin
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home, wellness, memoir, arc
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
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Jenna
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
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Missy
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
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Jana
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
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Tara
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very encouraging book on how to simplify your life so you can enjoy your life even more! And he doesn’t resort to instructing you to talk to inanimate objects. That’s amazing in itself in this day and age.
Ariel Bonin
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I appreciated a few of the random helpful hints, but they were hard to find amongst all the judgmental stories. The one about a family going to stay with other family and the kids noticing the clutter, saying, "I'm glad we don't live like this anymore." How rude! They were guests in someone else's home--family at that! I'll bet the other family will think twice before inviting them back again. ...more
Shouty
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
TO BE FAIR I TOOK A MINIMALIST APPROACH AND SKIMMED IT BUT I GOT WHAT I NEEDED AND I THINK THAT’S IN THE SPIRIT OF THE BOOK
Becca
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Marie Kondo says it more interestingly and succinctly. Minimalism is for words, too. :)
Mary
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I know much of this already but it is nice to get the pep talk. Some of it was a little extreme, one pen in his desk, one in his bag and a sharpie for signatures. And then again, I don’t need my dozens either. I think it will help me to continue in the task of reducing and decluttering. I remember looking at the things I had to pick up and take care of when my children were little and I thought that I would rather be having fun with them than to continue to take care of “stuff”. The reasoning fo ...more
Kristen Walker
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Every time I read a little bit, I immediately began minimalizing. I am energized and motivated by this. The author does a great job inspiring and explaining the transformation that takes place in our lives on so many levels. I have gotten rid of so much and discovered how that causes my everyday habits to be more focused and simpler to maintain. I also have had new and better experiences because of the actual decluttering and seeing the purpose for the things I keep.
Nelleke Plouffe
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to this as inspiration while I decluttered my kitchen, and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t find anything in it that might nudge my husband towards even a small degree of minimalism, though. Oh well...
Liisa
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Can be helpful for encouragement & motivation, but nothing here that hasn't been said better before.
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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
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Tori (Book Chick)
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 someone
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Amy
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I appreciated this book for its practical advice and low-key tone. It gave me two “a-ha” moments: Pulling into my messy garage at night was a terrible welcome home, and digital clutter (emails, unused apps, outdated Pinterest boards) is still clutter.
Alicia Bayer
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book just didn't do a lot for me. I found the author rather judgmental and preachy. There are a lot of stories about friends and others, and I would probably never let this man near my home after reading the way he talks about them. He also talks a lot. Oh my goodness, he just goes on and on with his opinions and then throws out these hashtag quotes you're supposed to tweet or something.

I had to make myself keep reading this for review purposes but there are other books I much prefer that
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Lori
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joshua Becker has found a different life style to embrace, one know as minimalism.He recommends taking each room of the house and remove as much as is possible. Take your wardrobe and pare down to only the few items that you reach for most often and send the rest away. Do not keep anything that is not essential to good function in a household. No spare items or just in case or maybe might need someday...get it all cleared out. What JB assures is that your life will expand with less stuff to tie ...more
Mai
Aug 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, ebook, abandoned, arc
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.

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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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