The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker (review)

theminimalisthomeWhether you are ready to dive into the deep end or merely looking for inspiration, what Joshua Becker provides in The Minimalist Home is a practical approach to applying a minimalist’s approach to your home.

This is an evidence-based guide, applicable to a variety of homes and living situations, with practical lists, testimonials, and a great deal of the author’s own experience.  Inspiration and application are combined and even the spiritual aspect is covered, without the judgement or narrow prescriptive thinking that sometimes characterizes minimalism.  Rather, the author acknowledges and addresses different stages of life and living.  And rather than plunk you down in your newly minimized home and abandoning you to the impulse to refill every nook and cranny, a minimalism maintenance section is included.

I dove into this book, hoping it would lead me to a “trigger moment,” as the author calls it, and result in some new progress on my home.  In my last home, this moment came with a book on organizing, but I’m now in a smaller home and the challenge feels greater, and the philosophy behind The Minimalist Home had me buying in immediately. And while it hasn’t yet had the extreme impact that previous book did, it has helped me to think about my approach, and I have a few key lists bookmarked (I dogeared the pages – and I never dog-ear pages) for when I am ready to tackle the applicable areas.  And I think that, once I do finish minimizing to the level appropriate for my live, that minimalism maintenance section is going to be key.

An eminently practical, approachable, and informative guide to minimalism in the home, this is a book that I highly recommend for both inspiration and application.


The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker | Waterbrook, Dec. 18, 2018 | Hardcover, 256 pages

This review refers to a paperback Uncorrected Proof I voluntarily received from the publisher.  A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.


From the publisher:

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 guidelines for simplifying our lifestyle at home and addresses underlying issues that contribute to over-accumulation in the first place. The purpose is not just to create a more inviting living space. It’s also to turn our life’s HQ–our home–into a launching pad for a more fulfilling and productive life in the world.

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