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    Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less has brought a new guidebook for everyone who is desiring to desperately change their way of living. The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life is a step by step tool to radically change your living space from chaos to calm. In the process, you will discover it will change you as a person as well. I am blessed to have a home that has more than enough space. However, after living here for 25 years and rearing two children, operating a home based business, having multiple surgeries, taking care of aging and ill elderly parents, and just being involved with daily living causes us to accumulate CLUTTER. Everyone comes in and dumps their stuff in the same places every day. Only they LEAVE IT THERE & the CLUTTER starts to build. Becker offers hope for people like me. He provides a wonderful, clear cut plan that does not cause me to be overwhelmed! His basic, simple instructions also have a checklist for each room/area of my home. The best part of this is by following the instructions, I feel accomplishments all along the way and that encourages me to keep going! Becker has provided me with the necessary means to finally get my home under control instead of my home controlling me. I like feeling free. “Today is the day to rid yourself of anything that distracts from your best life.” #minimalisthome I was provided an ARC of this book by WaterbrookMultnomah. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence. #RPHpartner @WaterbrookPress #Partner

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    Some interesting and good tips but incredibly judgemental for someone proclaiming to be a christian on every other page.

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  • Don't clutter up your home with this one

    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 and I have been following him for the past couple of years. In today’s world of massive consumerism, we can all use a dose of paring down and keeping things simple. We all have too much stuff. We are promoted, advertised, propagandized into thinking that it’s all stuff we need, what we have isn’t the right stuff and that the more stuff we have the happier we will be. This has been going on for years, I mean George Carlin had a bit about “Stuff” in the early 80’s. So I was excited to read what Becker had to say on what he promotes as a step by step, comprehensive room-by-room guide to decluttering your home and your life. Ugh - what an awful read. First I felt like his tone was so condescending. I couldn’t take it. Obviously I have a lot of stuff - that’s why I’m reading this book. He would repeat himself, ad nauseam, throughout the whole book. There wasn’t any comprehensive guide - again, he would repeat the same thing over and over for each room, literally the same steps - for each room! Why bother going through each room, listing all of the possible things you might have accumulated, telling me “get rid of what you don’t use or don’t need”. Obviously I knew that much! I don’t need a book for that. I was hoping for some insight, maybe some ideas that I hadn’t thought of to help declutter, some instructions. There was no real guidance other than “don’t do it” for lasting change. Then, don’t tell me how my life is going to change, I will become richer, have a fabulous job, help the poor, have more time, blah blah blah, just because you told me to get rid of some stuff. I didn’t buy any of it. I have decluttered before and none of those things have happened to me. The “real life” examples were ridiculous, laughable. Look, I believe in keeping a home without a lot of junk. Nobody needs piles of clothes, lots of knick knacks, and yes, you should keep those things that mean something to you. You shouldn’t get sucked into marketing ideas of having the latest, greatest and best thing out there, which will go out of date and then you need something new. I also happen to live with a (mild case) hoarder, who believes every rock, piece of junk, paper, etc. is extremely important and sentimental and will not throw out anything. So according to Becker, those are the things to keep. Not helpful. But without something new or real to add to the discussion, don’t fill up a book with one idea. My advice is don’t add one more book to your bookshelf with this one.

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