The Minimalist Home: A Room by Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life by Joshua Becker
The Minimalist Home: A Room by Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life by Joshua Becker is a breath of fresh air. It will help you to lighten up your home in a way that fits your style.
The chapters are organized so that you can pick and choose what will be most helpful to you, whether that is cleaning out a couple of closets or a more complete minimalism makeover. It also deals with real life stages and phases of family life — from little kids with toys to teens who want their own space to a partner who may not be fully on board with your new minimalist ideas (spoiler alert: change your habits, not your partner’s — lol).
Here are some of my favorite quotes from The Minimalist Home:
“Minimizing is actually optimizing — reducing the number of your possessions until you get to the best possible level for you and your family. It’s individual, freeing, and life promoting.” (Chapter 1)
“Over the coming days and months, I noticed how easy it was becoming to clean the house… how the process was freeing me from past mistakes… how my home and life were becoming more peaceful and less stressful…” (Chapter 2)
“Your goal should be to keep only the best. For example, you don’t have to hold on to everything you inherited from your beloved aunt who has passed. Just keep a few pieces that remind you of her most, and then, instead of keeping them in a dusty box in your storage area, put them out where you can see them and remember her everyday.” (Chapter 9)
Becker stresses that minimalism should be about what is important to you and your family — not some prescribed list of dos and don’ts. For example, he describes his dining room as having a table surrounded by eight chairs, one piece of wall art (a gift from his sister) and two small decorative shelves. My guess is that guests in this dining room spend their time enjoying good food and conversation, not worrying about navigating tight spaces or whether they will spill something on an antique tablecloth.
The Minimalist Home is upbeat and helpful. Whether you just want fewer toys on the floor, closets where you can actually find stuff, or you are up for a full minimalist makeover, I recommend that you give it a read.
Rating: Four Stars out of Five
Copyright 2018 by Becoming Minimalist LLC
Liz is a technical writer by day and a humor writer by night. She lives in Minnesota with her younger daughter and their cats, Beau and Phoebe. When Liz is not reading, writing, or searching for new books to review, she can be found practicing yoga or enjoying time with friends and family. She is savoring the time that she has left before her younger daughter flies from the nest, yet she is also secretly looking forward to a time when she can travel more and not worry about anyone borrowing her socks.