Minimalism with Joshua Becker: Part 1

Minimalism with Joshua Becker: Part 1

September 25, 2017

Do you want more time, space and energy to put toward the people you love and the things you are passionate about? If so, join me as I have a conversation about minimalism with Joshua Becker, writer and bestselling author of “The More of Less”, and how the practice of living more by owning less has changed his life. 

Defining Minimalism

After he and his wife spent Memorial Day weekend spring cleaning his house and garage, Joshua Becker has a short but life-altering conversation with his neighbor and realizes his possessions weren’t making him happy but were taking him away from the things that DO bring him happiness, purpose and fulfillment.

Joshua defines minimalism as, “the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.”

Minimalism looks differently to each person because it’s based on our individual values but a common thread is owning and purchasing fewer possessions to free up resources for the things you want to maximize in your life. (It can but does not mean you have to own a tiny house or live in a white-walled home with no decorations!) Maybe you want to travel, get out of debt, quit your job, be able to give more, or spend more time with family? Your values will change how you practice minimalism in your life.

My Experience with Minimalism

I have a laundry system where I start and finish laundry in one day. I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working for my listeners. They were asking me what detergent I used, as if that had some magical power for speeding up my process! LIGHTBULB. I finally realized that because I regularly go through my home (including all of the closets and dressers) and get rid of things we don’t use or need, we don’t have a lot of unnecessary items that make doing laundry a difficult and cumbersome process. Some of this is due to space constraints but it’s mainly because I try to practice minimalism in this area of my life! 

Where to start?

If you’re interested in the idea of minimalism but are overwhelmed at the thought of where to start, take a deep breath and heed Joshua’s advice. He suggests starting the minimizing process in the easiest, most lived-in area of your home. Here is one suggested order:

  • Vehicles
  • Living Room/Dining Room
  • Guest Room
  • Bathrooms
  • Children’s Bedrooms
  • Wardrobe
  • Master Bedroom
  • Home Office
  • Toy Room
  • Kitchen
  • Storage Room
  • Garage

It may work best to start minimizing your possessions in the rooms with the least amount of clutter first and work your way up to eventually declutter and simplify every room in your home. 

Benefits of Owning Less 

  • More time (from spending less time cleaning/organizing).
  • More money (from buying less).
  • Less stress.
  • Fewer distractions.
  • Fewer decisions to make.
  • Better example to my kids (more peace, contentment, generosity, and gratitude).
  • Greater intentionality.
  • Maximizing the things that matter (love, faith, relationships, or whatever it might be for you!).

Making Letting Go Easier

Sunk cost. Realize the money you spent on the thing you bought is gone and it doesn’t do you any good to carry that cost forward by spending more effort and energy trying to get the value out of that item.

Thing generously. Selling your items adds time, effort, and energy to the process of decluttering your home. If you don’t really need the money, consider donating it to someone who can use it and who needs it. Generosity has its own benefits so find a local charity that you believe in and donate to their cause.

Please join us for Part 2 with Joshua Becker next week! 

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