Book Review Clutterfree With Kids: Change your thinking. Discover new habits. Free your home. by Joshua Becker
So I just finished reading this book and I really wish I had read it sooner. This book, in my opinion, is a must read for parents. I would even go further and say for everyone.
Let’s be known for the lives we live. Not the things we can buy.
I watched the documentary Minimalism a while back and it really resonated with me. I remember seeing Joshua Becker talking about being a minimalist with kids and I wanted to know more. If you have kids you know it can be a bit messy sometimes.
This book is a quick (198 pages) and very easy read. The writing was simple yet carried an immense amount of information. I absolutely loved how the book was organized and stayed within topic.
The first section of the book Change Your Thinking is an introduction to minimalism and the importance of it. If someone has never heard of minimalism before, they would get a good briefing with this section.
The second section Discover New Habits is the actual to do section. Each chapter is an area where you can begin to minimize (toys, pictures, schedules, etc). This helps to focus you on smaller goals and not get overwhelmed. You can use this section as a reference while minimalizing (if that’s even a word).
The third section Free Your Life was a “living beyond the immediate decluttering ” section (my words not his). This section was more of the motivation and what to watch out for.
Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants.
All in all this book was a fantastic read. Joshua Becker is a great writer and I really felt like I understood where he was coming from. He is a normal guy who realized he was missing valuable time with his family. He started his minimalist journey with his family and shares his experiences and knowledge with this book.
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
At first I thought this book was just going to be about how to function with less things with kids. What I learned is that this touches every aspect of your life. This book is not about just throwing a few items out. This book is about living life intentionally.
You can also check him out at Becoming Minimalist.