I’ve been following Becoming Minimalist and other similar blogs for about a year now, but Joshua Becker has been practicing, studying, and speaking about minimalism for eight years. His newest book, The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, contains the best of what he’s learned during his years as part of the minimalist community.
In The More of Less you’ll find the answers to all the questions you’ve ever had about minimalism, plus some you’ve never thought of. What exactly is minimalism? Does it look the same for everyone? Why would I want to simplify anyway? What’s the problem here? How does the generation I belong to affect my attitude toward stuff? How did I get so much stuff? Where do I start to simplify? What if I live with a pack rat? What about the kid’s stuff? What about the difficult things to let go of, like books or sentimental items? (Joshua even addresses a couple of categories that might surprise you). What different strategies can I try for simplifying to see if they will work for me? And going beyond minimizing possessions, what about my schedule? Health? Relationships? (Joshua has a different take on some current advice on that last one).
And once that simplified sweet spot is reached, what then? What shall we do with the freedom we experience? Live our dream life? Maybe our dream life involves serving others and not just pleasing ourselves. Joshua explores what that has meant for him and the possibilities of what that can mean for other individuals.
The More of Less covers the whole spectrum of minimalism, from the philosophical whys and practical hows to finding our passions as we dig ourselves out from under our mountain of stuff. Unsurprisingly, a paragraph on p. 88 was written with people like me in mind:
With all things in life, it is important not to confuse a desire to change with actual change. Thinking about decluttering or talking about decluttering won’t result in any positive benefits. You can experience these benefits only when you have actually removed the excess clutter.
So far, I have minimized one drawer and 6000 emails. I have a long way to go! Being an assignment and deadline gal, I am hoping the Uncluttered course will launch me on the way to finding my simplified sweet spot and bring clarity to what exactly is involved in that “life I want” that’s “buried under everything I own.” Although I have an awesome life already, I am excited to see what a little freedom from stuff will bring.
If you’ve read this far, now comes the giveaway! In the spirit of minimalism, I am giving away my hardback copy of Joshua’s book, The More of Less. There are three ways to enter the drawing:
- comment directly on this blog post,
- comment on my Facebook status that links to this post if that’s how you got here, or
- subscribe to my blog and receive new posts on family life, homeschooling, nutritious food, and my progress through Uncluttered (scroll down to sign up).
Drawing will be held Thursday, May 12 after 8:00 PM CST.
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. However, I had already pre-ordered the book and my extra copy is the one I am giving away.