I've been following Joshua Becker's blog for a few years and have read all the things and even put them into action. I was excited to be able to read his room-by-room guide for minimizing your home.
The Minimalist Home systematically goes through every space in your home, including the garage and yard, and talks about how to minimize them. Becker has put thought into which spaces should happen first for the biggest impact and encouragement. Because even though it's wonderful to have a minimalist garage, it may not be the best place to start and get the whole house done.
Our home has been trending towards minimalist in nature for a while now. And I'm happy to share with you that this little book helped us take a few more steps in the minimal direction. I loved all the checklists for the different areas. As well as the facts about living space and stuff consumption sprinkled throughout. The Notes section is full of great resources for further reading as well.
Here's the skinny, if you want to minimize your life, this is a good place to start. If you're already minimizing, it's a good place to grow. As Becker reminds us in the book, minimalist isn't a destination, it's a journey.
I could show you a bunch of before and after pictures but Becker's take on minimalism isn't so much about the space itself as it is about being able to use your spaces to create the life you most desire for yourself. It's not about a quota of knick-knacks and t-shirts, it's about being equipped to live a good life.
Some of my favorite bits from the book:
I received a copy of this book from Joshua Becker for the purpose of review. I'm never required to share a positive review but I'm always thankful when I can.