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Joshua Becker

Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

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The More of Less by Joshua Becker is a practical guide to decluttering and living a simpler life. It helps readers let go of excess possessions and focus on what truly matters, with tips and inspiration for creating a minimalist home and mindset.

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    Minimalism is about getting rid of possessions that stop you from doing the things you value most.

    Have you ever looked around your home and felt overwhelmed by just how much stuff you have? You’re not alone. Millions of people slave away to buy the latest gadget only to end up feeling just as dissatisfied as before.

    But things are starting to change. There’s a new movement on the horizon that’s taking on mindless consumer culture and embracing a more fulfilling life: minimalism. Its aim is to help you get rid of unnecessary possessions that stop you devoting your energies to doing the things that matter most.

    The author embraced minimalism during the Memorial Day weekend of 2008. That was when he suddenly realized that consumerism was stopping him living his best life. This revelation came after he’d decided to sort through his family’s cluttered garage. It was supposed to be a quick affair, but it ended up taking hours of hard graft.

    As he was sorting and cleaning, he thought back to all the other times he’d tried to impose order on his belongings. Why had he always come away from those cleaning stints feeling so despondent?

    Just as he was pondering that question, his neighbor stopped by. Noticing his frustration, she told him about her daughter who’d just become a minimalist and was always reminding her that she didn’t need all of the things she owned.

    That was an epiphany. There he was, wasting his time in the garage sorting through unneeded things rather than spending quality time with his family!

    After talking it through with his wife, he decided to start reducing the number of things he owned. He then set up Becoming Minimalist, a blog that documented his new clutter-free lifestyle.

    The site clearly touched a nerve. Today, it has over one million monthly readers and has converted thousands of people to minimalism.

    In the following blinks, we’ll take a closer look at what minimalism is all about. As you’ll see, the popular perception that it’s about depriving yourself of the good things in life is wide of the mark.

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    What is The More of Less about?

    The More of Less (2016) is the ultimate guide to getting more out of life by owning less. Written by a leading light in America’s growing movement against excessive consumerism and cluttered living, this is a practical book designed to help you free up headspace, resources and time so that you can pursue the things that really matter.

    The More of Less Review

    The More of Less (2016) by Joshua Becker is a book that encourages readers to embrace a minimalist lifestyle and find joy in owning less. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • The book provides practical tips on how to declutter and simplify our lives, helping us focus on what truly matters.
    • Through personal anecdotes and stories of others who have adopted minimalist practices, the author illustrates the transformative power of letting go of material possessions.
    • By questioning consumerist culture and offering a fresh perspective on happiness, the book challenges societal norms and inspires readers to live intentionally.

    Best quote from The More of Less

    In the 1930s, the average woman owned nine outfits. Today, she owns thirty.

    —Joshua Becker
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    Who should read The More of Less?

    • Hoarders and shopaholics
    • Would-be nomads tied down by too many possessions
    • People who have had enough of overflowing closets and cluttered garages

    About the Author

    Joshua Becker is the founder of Becoming Minimalist, a blog that has inspired millions to declutter their homes and find greater meaning in their lives. He is a regular contributor to Time, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Christianity Today as well as a frequent guest on HuffPost Live.

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    What is the main message of The More of Less?

    The More of Less encourages us to embrace a minimalist lifestyle and find more joy and purpose in owning less.

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    Is The More of Less a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The More of Less is a worthwhile read for those seeking a simpler, more intentional life.

    Who is the author of The More of Less?

    The author of The More of Less is Joshua Becker.

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