Author: Joshua Becker
|The More of Less (2016) is a book by Joshua Becker in which he teaches you how to discover what matters to you so that everything else falls away. She shows how you can start shedding the excess by answering three essential questions: What do I want? What do I have? What can I let go of? To answer those three questions, Joshua takes you through the decluttering process step by step. She helps you clear clutter from every part of life: your home, work, social life, spirituality, and physical body.|
The More of Less by Joshua Becker is one of our favorite books on minimalism and we’ve summarized the book for you. The More of Less was written by Joshua Becker, a well-known blogger, and podcaster, who studied journalism and technical writing at Brigham Young University.
The book explores the need for living a life with less stuff and how to achieve it. It’s a guide to living with less clutter in your home, office, and life. In this book, Joshua Becker explains why having less is more beneficial. He discusses ways to get rid of unwanted stuff, such as old clothes and broken electronics, without wasting time and energy.
The book tackles the excuses and roadblocks people come up with while trying to achieve minimalism. Having less stuff doesn’t mean you have to live like a monk, but you should be mindful of the things you own. The book also talks about developing skills that don’t involve owning something. If you want fewer things, you should possess skills that don’t cost a lot of money. You can also exchange services with other individuals. For example, you can trade home repairs for carpentry work or babysitting for language lessons. You can get rid of unnecessary expenses and have more free time because you have to exchange fewer things with other people.
The More of Less Key Points
Getting rid of the things that aren’t important is minimalism
When people think of minimalism, they often think of it as a trend that involves minimalism for the sake of minimalism – but it’s not. First and foremost, minimalism is aesthetic. Clean lines and open spaces can create a relaxing, inviting atmosphere that encourages positive energy and productive thinking. But when you look at a minimalist space, you should also be able to identify all of the things that reflect a person’s priorities in life. For instance, if you walk into someone’s home and see that instead of wall art there are photos and paintings of wonderful memories with friends, you can tell that this person values their relationships above all else. If you walk into someone’s home and all you see is a bed and a kitchen, you can tell that this person values sleep and food above all else.
Minimalism is about focusing on what matters and living with intention. It’s about asking yourself, ‘Does this add value to my life?’ before making a purchase. That’s why there’s no point in buying a new phone, or anything else for that matter unless it helps you do what you love. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. The purpose of this philosophy isn’t to spend less money, it’s to free yourself from distractions so you can focus on the important things, like family and friends.
It’s about living intentionally, appreciating what we have in the here and now, and not worrying about what’s missing. Now that we’re making our homes and lives more simple, we want to spread the word about minimalism and the many ways you can engage with the movement. From books to podcasts and blogs, we have curated a list of some of our favorite resources below.
Advertisements affect our purchasing habits badly
You scroll through Facebook, you click on an article, you watch a YouTube video, and you see an ad. Each one is trying to convince you of something – they want to change your opinion. Maybe they want you to sign up for a new service, buy a new product, or help them make money. Maybe they want you to think of them as the best place to shop, the best place to donate, or the best company to work for. They don’t always tell the truth.
What do these ads have in common? There is a formula behind them – and whether or not it feels like it – there are people making decisions about how that formula is used. We decide what we’re going to do with our money based on what we see. The more we see images and truths that contradict our values, the harder it becomes for us to spend our money in alignment with those values.
The average U.S. household spends $2,500 each year on products they hate, according to a 2013 article in Psychology Today. We have direct control over most of the biggest purchases we make: our homes, cars, and phone plans. We don’t have as much control over what we spend on food, and we’re reliant on recommendations from friends and family to find a hairstylist or a doctor.
I had a conversation with a friend today and she told me how she bought a new set of clothes and felt compelled to go to the mall and get a Mani/Pedi. She said it was “to celebrate” her new clothes but they just went hand in hand. She spent nearly $100 on a mani/Pedi, just to celebrate new clothes. Think about this for a moment. How many brand names have you seen today, that you didn’t know yesterday?
Consumerism could be rejected if we donate the stuff that makes us happy
Research has shown that increasing wealth and material possessions don’t correlate with higher levels of happiness. People with a minimalist mindset are often much more fulfilled than those who continually chase possessions.
So why do we still hang on to things we don’t need? It is our possessions that have been designed to have a life cycle. The reason they have been designed this way is so we will buy new ones. These items are designed with planned obsolescence in mind.
When I was a kid, my mom would make me clean up my room. It was a routine. I would rummage through my room and pick out my “treasures” for her to place into a box that would sit in the basement. I would feel good about myself, knowing that my treasures were helping someone in need.
If you’ve ever felt the need to declutter, minimalism is a good philosophy to adopt. It encourages people to get rid of the excess in their lives and focus on what they need.
The More Of Less Quotes
“Our excessive possessions are not making us happy. Even worse, they are taking us away from the things that do. Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we are free to pursue all the things that do matter.” —-Joshua Becker
“Sometimes, minimizing possessions means a dream must die. But this is not always a bad thing. Sometimes, it takes giving up the person we wanted to be to fully appreciate the person we can become.” –Joshua Becker
The More Of Less Review
This book gives us the idea of having less in our lives will make us happy. The author explained his provoking thoughts on the importance of decluttering. If we follow the rules and strategies of this book, we will live a meaningful life. Highly recommended.
To Whom I Would Recommend The More Of Less Summary?
- Anyone who gets tired of having too much stuff.
- Anyone who wants to declutter to enjoy more of life.
- Anyone who wants to understand the concept of having less makes them happy.