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The Minimalist Home: A Room-By-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,500 ratings  ·  342 reviews
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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by Waterbrook Press (first published December 2018)
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Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
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
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 thought
Holly  B
Mini Review to follow..
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
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
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
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
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
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, wellness, arc, home
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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...
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
Book Chick (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
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.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, arc, ebook, 1-star
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.

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
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
As the title suggests, Joshua Becker shows the reader, step-by-step, how to declutter and minimize each room in the home, including the garage and the yard. He continues with the theme of "less is more," as he has in previous books. He also explains what minimalism is and what it isn't, as well as the benefit of the minimalist lifestyle.

I've been drawn to minimalist information and "how to" books for many years. Though I have not embraced the minimalist way of life fully, as of now, I am definit

Alicia Thompson
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julia Blake
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good. An excellent companion to The More of Less. Practical and helpful. I really like his balanced approach to stuff. He is not an extreme minimalist, and neither am I. 😊
Lori Cox
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
Good motivational book but a lot of this information is in his blog if you follow it. Have been trying to minimalize for years and it is a work in progress. The best reminder: "It feels better to do stuff than to have stuff." Time and money are both freed up with less stuff. I will never get to 33 items of clothing, however!
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An upbeat, comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating a more fulfilling life by minimizing. Success stories, lists, and room by room suggestions enable the reader to feel inspired and not overwhelmed by what could otherwise be a daunting project..
Megan Ericson
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: minimalism
Joshua Becker took his 10+ years of experience writing about minimalism and packed it all into these 200 pages. I have never read a more practical, step-by-step guide to decluttering your home. I would recommend this book to anyone but especially to moms and dads who want to get a handle on their stuff so they can spend more time on what really matters.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
- Minimalism isn't about removing the things you love. It's about removing the things that distract you
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For the past several years, I have been following Joshua Becker's blog. I have also read all of his books through this one. His new book, The Minimalist Home is full of great information for anyone wanting to declutter and re-focus their life.

When I read Becker's first books, we were getting ready to move and I knew I needed to get rid of stuff. His encouraging books and blogs helped us pare down and make that move. What we didn't know then was that we would make 3 more moves in a short time spa
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
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
Jiny S
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I am biased. I admit: this is the kind of genre of books I love to listen to while cleaning my home. It gets me into the mood. I have read SOO many of these kind of books that it would really take a miracle for a new book to introduce me to something that I haven't heard or thought about before. But who cares? Why do some people watch the same episode of FRIENDS for the Nth time?? It's the same thing for me. If it motivated me to get off my lazy bottom and actually do some declutting/cl ...more
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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
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