Simplify by Joshua Becker – book review

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Welcome to the first installment of Blogger Book Club hosted by Sarah @! Each month a bunch of bloggers are linking up to share different book reviews based on a common theme.  I have never belonged to a book club before.  I did not like the idea of having to read the same book as everyone else. What if I didn’t like it? What if everyone else did not like my pick? It’s too much pressure for me.  But when Sarah came up with this idea and suggested the month’s themes, I jumped on board.  If you want to join in the fun, check out Sarah’s blog page and send her an email to sign up!

This month we were asked to choose a book that we find motivational.  “Motivational” was such a blurred line for me.  What some see as motivating, others might see as inspirational or even a self help “How To”. The following book was motivational for me as well as a how to guide.


Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life 

By Joshua Becker

-Here is a little about the book via Joshua’s Becoming Minimalist blog/website

“Simplify is a celebration of living more by owning less. It calls for the end of accumulating unnecessary possessions by highlighting the enjoyment of living with less.

Simplify will change the way you view physical possessions. And it will provide you with the motivation to realign your life around your heart’s greatest passion.”

-I chose this book due to my quest to declutter my life.  Joshua explains that becoming a minimalist means something different to everyone.  Not all minimalists sell everything and downsize their lifestyle to fit into a 200sq ft trailer on wheels.  Joshua calls himself a “rational minimalist.” This means pursuing a simple lifestyle but doing it rationally. DING! DING! This is exactly what I want.

Without giving away all the secrets of the book, this list of seven principals has you looking at your belongings in a new light.  Why are you holding on to a gift someone gave you years ago that you have not looked at in years? Does your stuff bring you joy? Is the item something you cherish or do you keep it because of guilt? By changing your lifestyle to a minimalist approach, the following things happen:

  • You spend less because you need less
  • You stress less because the clutter is not there to cause a visual distraction
  • Your house is easier to clean – without all the clutter to move out of your way, cleaning takes less time
  • You have the freedom to do more things. How? You have saved money because you are not spending it on crap you don’t need. And you have the time to do new things because you are not constantly cleaning up

These are just a few benefits to decluttering your home and life.  Decluttering does not mean to reorganize.  You are not taking your belonging from one room in your house and storing them in a cabinet or a box.  You commit yourself to donating, selling or trashing the majority of your thing that you do not use.  The things you keep should be what you use.  I know there are things that have emotional value. It’s OK to keep somethings.  However, I bet if you look at your attic or garage, and after the overwhelming feeling goes away, you will ask yourself why you are holding on to all your stuff too.

I don’t feel like we have the typical amount of clutter. I do not hold sentimental attachment to things like most people.  My garage is not wall to wall boxes and neither is my basement.  You can open my closets without things falling out.  But what is there, really can go. Having the tools outlined in this book will help to make this process less of a chore.  I look forward to the days when I can look around and know that everything we own has meaning to us.  Just the thought of this makes me smile and feel less stress.

Are you interested in learning more about becoming a minimalist?  Check out Joshua’s website linked above for helpful tips and information about other booked he has written.

Have you read any motivational books lately? Please share in the comments below!

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20 thoughts on “Simplify by Joshua Becker – book review

  1. fitnessmomwinecountry says:

    Being a “minimalist” is exactly how I love living my life. No clutter and just very simple. It makes for such a peaceful life and easier to handle the bumps in the road that come along 🙂 Great book

  2. I’m not a huge fan of the motivational theme. But I’ve noticed we’ve all had some excellent take-aways from our books. I like your list of how to simplify. I shall try to incorporate those principles in my life!

  3. I have been trying to simplify my life for some time now, so this book sounds perfect! All the points you brought up are what I find so appealing about the idea of decluttering: less stuff, less stress, more living. And less cleaning is just fine by me! 🙂

  4. D says:

    these kind of books fascinate me, because they often tell you things you already knew but somehow needed to read first before you realized it.

    and i love the idea of a book club, i might join one too.

  5. Maybe I should have read this book! I can purge other people’s stuff until the cows come home, but when I look at my own crap I think “My mom gave me that for Christmas 6 years ago…and we’re going to ignore the fact that I haven’t worn it”.

    • LOL I hear Ya! I would get so frustrated that my parents basement was the store all for my siblings stuff. I guess that experience has stuck with me. I would beg her to let me trash it all! LOL maybe that’s where it all stems from! 😉

  6. Oh I like this. I always say that I’m pretty anti-clutter, and we are just about the only house in our neighborhood that doesn’t have an overfilled garage to the point that we actually park in ours. But, I do have a lot of junk – it’s just all hidden away 🙂

    • Hidden junk – that’s what I would call mine. When I drive past homes that have that front room packed with crap, I cringe. I get the urge to pull over and start going through is all. Of course I never ACT on that… Then I would have bigger problems! LOL

  7. I do and I don’t want to simplify. I just became an ambassador for FitFluential and SweatPink, so I’ve added more “time sucking” activities to my life. Yet, I enjoy connecting with other runners and yogis. But I’d love to unclutter my home–it’s a work in progress!

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