Minimalism with Joshua Becker: Part 2
October 2, 2017
Minimalism looks differently for everyone and that includes our families! Joshua Becker, writer and bestselling author of “The More of Less”, shares his insights about how to minimize when you have a family and how beneficial minimalism is for everyone, especially children.
Minimalism and Kids
It is entirely unfair for you as a parent to start the minimalism journey by minimizing your kids’ things. Be an example by minimizing YOUR things first!
Let your kids help with the sorting process and empower them to make decisions for themselves on what they want to keep and what they want to give away.
The earlier we implement these ideas in their lives, the better.
Physical boundaries (and boundaries in general) are helpful for kids. For example, Joshua told his kids they could have as many toys that fit against a certain wall in their toy room. Another example is that all clothing has to fit in the closet or dresser drawers.
Minimalism and Clothing
Having a capsule wardrobe is SO wonderful! Paring down wardrobes is sometimes a multi-step process. Maybe the first time, you can cut down by half. Then take another pass and get rid of even more. Depending on the climate where you live (like the Midwest!), this will be easier or more difficult but it is NOT impossible!
Courtney Carver started Project 333 where she chose only 33 things to wear for 3 months. Joshua tried this and LOVED it! Picking out outfits was easier, laundry was easier, and this experiment quickly became a lifestyle.
Go to Google or Pinterest for ideas on how to create your own capsule wardrobes for yourself and your children or sign up to take the Project 333 challenge!
Minimalism and Faith
Joshua was a youth pastor for 15 years and minimalism changed the way he lived out his faith. Minimalism isn’t a burdensome weight or sacrifice that God calls us to. It doesn’t mean you have to live a boring life. When Joshua started getting rid of things and living minimally, he realized it’s a better way to live. When we own less, we can be more focused on things that matter and pursue more of the things that bring us joy. We don’t need a bigger house and a nicer car.
A few examples of scripture that deal with possessions:
God calls us to be good stewards and givers.
(Hebrews 13:5, 1 Corinthians 4:1, Proverbs 11:24, 1 Peter 4:10)
Owning less and simplicity and not being burdened by the world.
(1 John 2:15-17, 1 John 3:16-18, 1 Timothy 6:6-10)
Sell your possessions and give to the poor.
(Matthew 19:21, Luke 14:12-14)
If you’ve just adopted a minimalist lifestyle, don’t expect your kids to catch on to something that maybe took you several decades to realize!
We have a tendency to want to fill empty spaces so to embrace the idea of slow accumulation. Set time limits and challenge yourself to leave the blank space in your home and life.
Minimalism trickles down into your mental, spiritual, financial and even spiritual lives.
Take a step back and try to evaluate WHY you accumulated all of these things. This can be tough to wrestle with so be kind to yourself and honest with yourself during this process!
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For more about Joshua, check out his blog Becoming Minimalist, which is designed to inspire you to pursue your greatest passions by owning fewer possessions. While there, you can sign up for his email list, find information about where you can follow him on social media, see the books he’s written and find out where you can purchase them, and sign up for the Uncluttered Course!