I’ve been following Joshua Becker’s Becoming Minimalist blog for some time now, and I was excited to learn that he wrote a book about his experience pursuing minimalism. I greatly enjoyed Becker's The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Don't.
I love Becker’s definition of minimalism: the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them. He emphasizes that minimalism does not mean throwing everything away and living in a stark, lifeless house. Rather, he encourages everyone to make space in life for what matters most and get rid of the excess.
While the physical clutter in my house is under control, two sections of the book really hit home for me: minimizing spending and minimizing mindless entertainment.
I read most of this book the day after I had made several purchases of clothes I wanted but really didn’t need. I liked what I bought, but I didn’t love that my clothes budget was bottomed out again. In reality, I’d rather buy fewer pieces and save for more expensive high, quality items. In The More of Less, Becker encourages the reader to consider a spending fast in order to cut unnecessary spending and enjoy the existing items and future purchases more. Now that my closet includes sufficient clothes that fit my post-baby body, I’m planning to freeze clothes spending for the rest of the summer. This area of my life could definitely use some minimizing!
After reconsidering my spending, I came across another section of the book that directly applied to what I’d already been working on: minimizing worthless entertainment. Facebook. Instagram. Netflix. An always-open inbox. These things were eating up huge portions of my time, particularly in this exhausted fog of caring for a newborn. While I am tired (and will continue to be!), I knew that I could redeem a good bit of my time with some simple changes. I started listening to interesting podcasts instead of binging on Netflix while nursing. I’ve been checking my email twice per day and closing the tabs for the hours in between. I’ve limited my social media scrolling to a few minutes per day and during overnight feedings. I’m picking up my Kindle instead of zoning out to Netflix. These changes have helped minimize my time wasting and have freed up time for things I really do enjoy more.
I have recently worked through another book on decluttering, so my house didn’t need much help in this area right now. However, Becker provides practical help and encouragement for the decluttering process, so this would be a great read if your home needs some help.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Becker is a Christian. His blog does not focus on Christianity, although it is certainly not in conflict with Christian values. However, his faith is weaved throughout The More of Less and strengthens the “why” of his minimalism journey, namely to be a better steward of the possessions and time God has given him in order to be available to share the love of Christ with others.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is short enough to be easily read while still providing plenty of information about minimalism. It is both personal and practical, making it a relatable read. If you’re interested in promoting what matters while getting rid of what doesn’t, The More of Less would be a great place to start.
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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.