What more could you do if you had less?
Could you do more if you had less? That’s the question, isn’t it? How much of our time and resources get lost in acquiring and organizing and storing our stuff, some of it is being stuff that we really don’t need or want. What if we could divert that energy elsewhere – could we do more with less?
That’s the question. It’s the antithesis of what a lot of us have been socialized to expect, perhaps. We’ve been conditioned to want more. The next thing. The next big thing. The newest thing. But at what cost? And would you be better off if you had less?
It seems just about right that a book about minimalism should be small. That’s the first thing you notice about The More Of Less – its size – and if you didn’t already know what the book was about, you might ask why.
I liked everything about this book – the message, the writing style, the fact that the text wasn’t cluttered with a bunch of quotes from famous people. Sure, there were a few well-placed quotes from people like Will Rogers and Anne Frank. But most of the quotes were personal stories from Becker’s own experience as a minimalist and stories he’s collected from people who follow his blog and who have also embraced minimalism and the new lives it’s brought them.
I loved the little experiments throughout the book that made me want to get up and start getting rid of some things – I did – but overall, the message wasn’t just to de-clutter, it was about focusing on the life you could have if you weren’t so bogged down with material possessions. How much more would you enjoy one or two things if you weren’t always so distracted in taking care of the others?
Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and removal of anything that distracts us from them.
Becker connects the minimalism message to his spiritual background but whatever your religious conviction, I think most people just want to live their best lives possible. As he says in the book…
The ultimate purpose of minimalism is to put ourselves in a position where it’s easier to fulfill our life’s goal.
The More of Less is not just another book about de-cluttering your space. I recommend this book to anyone who’s looking to carve out a simpler, more fulfilling life for themselves.
Author: Joshua Becker
Rating: 5 stars
Note: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in order to complete this review.