This book caught my eye because about 8 years ago, I was a homeschool mom blogger and I came across a 40 Bags in 40 Days Lenten challenge. Each day for the forty days of Lent, you fill one bag with stuff to donate. It changed my life! Having less stuff was very liberating! It was easier to keep my house clean which meant I had more time for other interests.
A few years later, the Kon Marie Simple Art of Tidying Up came out and I spent hours picking up my things and deciding if I loved them or not. The biggest change this brought is that my husband embraced the idea of rolling his t-shirts which allowed him to see ALL of them when he opened his drawer – he was so excited about this that he has actually brought other men (who wanted to see) his rolled t-shirt drawer and they all exclaimed about how it must make packing a breeze and eliminate wrinkles when traveling.
Joshua Becker has written the newest book that will encourage Americans to have less stuff. Joshua encourages us to realize that having less stuff will allow us more time to pursue other interests. What I liked most about this book was that he encourages you to get the whole family involved and talk about this. His advice on talking about it as a family was very helpful and his method of looking at stuff as Benefit or Burden was insightful.
The Minimalist Home sets up a plan to tackle your home room by room or space by space. There are checklists and action plans for each room that I found really helpful.
After having done the 40 Bags in 40 Days and reading about the Kon Marie method, I thought I had decluttered, but this book actually made me take a closer look, which I greatly appreciate and I feel much lighter as I scheduled a pickup of goods I will donate.
I received a digital advance copy of this book from Netgalley and WalterBrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.