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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
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: December 18th 2018 by Waterbrook Press (first published December 2018)
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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
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
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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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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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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
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Theresa
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
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Lilithcarter
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
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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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
My BookSwap Club
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..
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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
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Katarina
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
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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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Rhiannon Sacco
Nov 01, 2018 is currently reading it
This is a topic that has interested me and I have slowly been tackling this in my life. Very slowly. Way too slowly!!

I was excited to read "The Minimalist Home" and I was not disappointed. Not only did I find it inspirational and fueling the fire to clean, part with stuff we don't need, and create a home we can enjoy instead of just clean.

But I love that Joshua Becker does not leave us wondering where to start or how to make our home the way we want. He gives directions and suggestions on both.

I
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Kate TerHaar
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read several decluttering/minimalist type books. This was a bit more in depth than others i have read. After all, how many ways to declutter are there. Most give the same advise but just packaged differently.
Janet
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018ng, kindle
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---
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 guid
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Jennie
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Decluttering has become a popular theme in our culture it seems, or at least I have been seeing lots of articles and posts about it shared. I do think it is a good thing, but I have to ask myself why has it become so popular? Well, Joshua Becker who is a well-known minimalist blogger and has written several books about this very subject. I have not read his previous books but am reading through his newest book The Minimalist Home. He shares some statics about why and our need, it isn't about jus ...more
Jennie
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decluttering has become a popular theme in our culture it seems, or at least I have been seeing lots of articles and posts about it shared. I do think it is a good thing, but I have to ask myself why has it become so popular? Well, Joshua Becker who is a well-known minimalist blogger and has written several books about this every subject. I have not read his previous books, but am reading through his newest book The Minimalist Home. He shares some statics about why and our need, it isn't about j ...more
Elaine
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Title: The Minimalist Home



Author: Joshua Becker



Genre: Nonfiction, Christian, Organizing, Minimalist, Lifestyle, Self-Help,



Plot: One day Joshua Becker was elbow deep in cleaning out his garage when his neighbor remarked that he needed less stuff. This caused a light bulb to go off for Becker and he immediately went inside his house and began to minimize. He didn't just organize, tidy and declutter. He actively got rid of duplicates, broken items, useless items and things that he no longer had any
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Rebecca Burnsworth
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lot of thoughts come to mind when you think of being inside a minimalist home. It seems like they would have just the necessities that come with life. However, I have noticed that I myself have accumulated a lot of things over the years. Is it a necessity? No, not really. I am using some of these things for good. But, there are some things like glassware, clothes, and bedding that has been handed down to us that we are still holding onto. If you would like to read about how you can find to tak ...more
Helen
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Minimalist Home, by Joshua Becker, is a self help book to help clear the clutter from our home to help us make our home be the inviting, peaceful home that we will feel comfortable in. The book is divided into three sections, the first being an introductory to what a minimalist home really is about. The second section is a guide of going through each room in the house and gives tips of how to clean out the clutter. The third section covers moving forward after going through our home. The cha ...more
Claudia
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of this book for review.

I’ve never been one to have a lot of stuff, but after starting to read books about minimalism I realized that I have plenty of things I don’t use anymore, never used, and dong see myself using in the future.

I’ve read a lot of books about minimalism since 2015 and this is one of the better ones. I read The More of Less earlier this year and liked it a lot, and can say the same for this one.

I feel like it doe
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Jill
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Minimalism is a growing trend.  Some people call it decluttering.  Some do it to live a simpler life, while others do it because it's a trend.  But while those who do it as a trend tend to just add more stuff to fill the empty spaces, people who want to live a simpler life find a peace and satisfaction in knowing they have less to clean, maintain and trip over.

Today, people who desire a simpler life may not know what to do first.  They may not know how to make it last, but Joshua Becker, in his
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Barb
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
If you are new to the idea of decluttering your home, this would be a great book for you. If you have already read other books or blogs about decluttering, then I'm not sure you'll find a lot new here. I am in the latter category, so while this book was good and could be a definite help to anyone looking to pare down their belongings, I can't say really say that I would recommend The Minimalist Home over others like it.

Joshua Becker goes room-by-room instructing the reader how to minimize and d
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Ginger Hudock
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a reader of Joshua Becker’s blog, Becoming Minimalist, for a number of years. This blog as well as several previous books, give Becker’s take on the reasons why to simplify or minimize your life and possessions. This new book, The Minimalist Home, is a “how to” on minimizing your possessions. Chapters proceed room by room and include chapters on decluttering your living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, kids’ rooms, the garage and more. Each chapter has a discussion of why you might want to ...more
Jen.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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In his new book called The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life, minimalist blogger Joshua Becker shares how to turn your home into a peaceful and more purposeful place to live.

Key Take-Aways:
Minimalism, to Becker, doesn’t mean you have to live bare bones with no décor or comfortable furniture. His methods help readers live more intentionally.
Becker helpfully explains the difference between popular minimalistic design trends and the actual minimalist movement
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Rebekah Gonzalez
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Minimalism is all the rage right now. Whether it be your wardrobe or your home, there are many people who will espouse the principles of a more simplistic lifestyle. There is a lot of information and research that can attest to the benefits of minimalism (it's cost-efficient, time-saving, environmentally friendly, etc.), but what I really liked about this book is that it thoroughly addresses the after of decluttering your life. Other books I have read on this topic take a similar approach to Bec ...more
Melisse
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book I have been waiting to be written. I first found Jishua Beckers site a couple years ago and it struk a cord with me. This lead me to slowly declutter our home over the past 3 years. I come from a molitary family where it was sometimes easiest to just out things in storage or move them to the next place than deal with them and by the time Ieft home I had 12 huge plastic bins full of stuff in addition to my clothes and stuff I actually used everyday. When my Dad retired they had a m ...more
Michelle Bearss
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I've been slowly trying to organize our home, and when I say slowly I mean sloooooooowly! We've lived in our current home for over three years and still had unopened boxes in basement storage from our move. I requested this book from NetGalley in the hopes that it would motivate me to finally do something about all this stuff. While some of the book and the minimalist movement is not for me (I need to live with more than two towels and one plate and fork per person), some of it was incredibly he ...more
Andreea
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I read more than half of The Minimalist Home and I was really hoping to love it because I am really interested in minimalism, however... sometimes it happens that once you read one minimalist book, you kinda read them all unless they come up with something new or a different approach or voice.

Unfortunately, this book was very dull and did not offer anything new nor did it motivate me to get up from my comfy couch and declutter
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Erin
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
In The Minimalist Home Joshua Becker has set out to create a step-by-step guide to minimizing your possessions and creating a home environment that allows you and your family to flourish.

I"ve been in the minimalism community for about 6 years, and this is probably the best instructional book I have read. With less focus on the "why" that has been answered in previous books, Becker really zones in on the 'how'.

This is a fantastic resource for new minimalists who feel overwhelmed at the start of
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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