Book Giveaway: The More of Less by Joshua Becker

May 4, 2016

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

When I made the decision to embrace minimalism two years ago, I started reading everything I could find on the topic. There were stories of people who could fit all of their belongings into one bag, people who lived in tiny homes, and people who didn’t (seem to) have homes at all but instead travelled the world. I found each story fascinating, but not always entirely relatable – that was, until I found Becoming Minimalist.

Joshua Becker’s story was so normal. He was married with two kids, owned a house and had filled it with too much stuff. Then one day he decided to declutter and purge most of it, and discovered the life-giving benefits that come from living with less. Like a good writer, he started a blog to document what he was learning, and he has since shared his story + let countless other minimalists (myself included) share their own stories on his site.

I met Joshua at WDS in Portland last summer, and was pleased to find he was exactly who I imagined him to be: kind, inviting and a firm believer in the power of community. We talked at length about our various projects and hopes for the future, and I left WDS knowing I had a new friend in my corner. When I was recovering from surgery in February, Joshua sent me a copy of his new book to read. I devoured it in two sittings, and now I want to share it with you.

In The More of Less, Joshua shares his story of how he became a minimalist and how minimalism has changed his life, then jumps into his best strategies and tips for readers. From defining minimalism in your own terms, to decluttering with a family, maintaining your efforts (my shopping ban is mentioned on pg. 144!) and living an intentional life, there’s advice for every step of the way. And again, he not only shares his own stories but those of many others in his community.

If you or someone you know are ready to discover the benefits of living with less, this book is a great place to start – and I’m giving away two copies! To enter this giveaway, you can subscribe to my mailing list (3 entries), visit my Facebook page (3 entries), follow me on Twitter (2 entries), tweet about it (1 entry) or leave a comment on this post that answers the question listed (1 entry). You can also do all of these things for a total of 10 entries.

Remember to use Rafflecopter to make your entries count!

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Since the content of The More of Less is universal, this giveaway is open to readers worldwide. It starts on Wednesday, May 4th at 12:00 a.m. PST and ends on Sunday, May 8th at 12:00 a.m. PST. The winners will be announced in my blog post on Monday, May 9th.

Good luck! 

PS – If you live in Victoria or the South Island, Joshua and his family are doing a West Coast Book Tour and will be stopping here on June 28th! I’ll be his special guest at the event and would LOVE to meet you there! If you want to come see us both, you can register for free. :)


  • Reply Jordann May 4, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Oooo this book looks right up my alley. I’m currently struggling with finding the time to downsize my life. It seems that in the 16 months that my husband and I have been living in this apartment, our possessions have doubled. I’m up for getting rid of most of our possessions, but maybe reading this book will give me the motivation I need to finally do it.

  • Reply Margaret Symons May 4, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Sounds like a great book!

  • Reply Heather May 4, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Would love to win this book to help me out. I’m hoping to retire in the next couple of years and will probably downsize to an apartment. My family and I have accumulated way too much stuff living in houses for 35+ years. Every time I try to start, I end up walking away because it’s overwhelming.

  • Reply Dayle May 4, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Hey Cait!

    Long time no talk!! I would love to win this book… sounds like it’d be a great read!
    And in keeping with my own minimalistic (is that a word?) efforts, after reading it I would be passing it on to someone else as I’m trying not to accumulate books anymore!

    In keeping with May’s theme for “A Simple Year” (declutter your digital life) I am trying an all-out social media ban/detox for the entire month of May. I feel I’ve become addicted to it over the years. I go there mindlessly, waste precious minutes and hours of time, and I often don’t even enjoy the experience. Time to cut the cord! It has been easier than I thought it would be, to be honest, and I’ve already read 1.5 books since Sunday! I think when I go back Facebook will be a goner, but I admit I am missing Instagram. It’s my favourite.

    Anyway, have a super day!

  • Reply Suz May 4, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Cait, I have been in the process of minimalizing my life for the past year. I have been discovering so many unused or forgotten items….like my freedom, creativity, sense of self. Since this is an evolution of change I would of course love to read Joshua’s book, however I am especially writing for my dear friend. She is a mother of two young sons. Her mother passed away 17 years ago at 43 years of age. Her father kept everything…….it was all too sentimental to let go. Tragically her father died recently, leaving my friend with an entire house of her dear parents things….not to mention her own home which became very low priority during her fathers battle with cancer. I have seen how stuff has been piled into her life, smothering her joy, and her ability to be the mother she needs to be, and the wife she wants to be.
    Thanks for your blog, it has really been an nspiration for me.

  • Reply AshleyNL May 4, 2016 at 4:41 am

    I started my minimalist/slower living journey about a year ago, when I thought that I had everything that could ever be given away, given away. But I’m starting to realize that there is no end game to minimalism. I would love to read Josh’s perspective and advice to help me along the way.

  • Reply Addie May 4, 2016 at 4:42 am

    I want to read this book because I have hoarder tendencies, but something about reading a book like this always gives me the kickstart I need to get back on the decluttering habit and keep going

  • Reply Kristen May 4, 2016 at 4:44 am

    I am in the process of embracing minimalism. I think I need to read this book!

  • Reply Alyson May 4, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I’d like to read this book as I would like to embrace minimalism more – I like how you mentioned that minimalism is defined differently by each person. I like to think I already embrace minimalism by not having too many belongings and not buying things unintentially – but I also know I’m not a strict minimalist (I don’t live in a tiny house, etc). I also just moved to a new country, and know what it’s like to purge – upon reflection, I wish I had gotten rid of more stuff before my move!!

  • Reply Ramakrishna May 4, 2016 at 4:51 am

    I have been battling depression for several years now. In the process, I have allowed myself to become a hoarder only to realize the shopping just gives us a temporary high. It has been a long painful ongoing process to battle both my depression and de-cluttering my condo. When I finally confessed of my mental health issues to my friends (I hid it for 4 years before before letting them know.), they rallied to my side and helped me to be a better person. Nowadays, I rarely buy anything new stuff, I only buy experiences for it is more rewarding for one’s soul. There is still a long way to go before I can finally achieve minimalism in my condo and ultimately in my life. I have been following your blog for a couple of years, but it is only recently I finally decided to kick myself and get really down and gritty to minimal my life. I may not win this book, but that’s okay as long as I continue to read your inspiration blog and challenge myself to be half the person you are, then it is a victory for me. Thanks for reading my blog.

  • Reply Anne-Marika Turpeinen May 4, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Beautiful giveaway! I’ve loved following Joshua’s work in the past years and would love to get my hands on the new book, too.

  • Reply Emily May 4, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Love the concept – something I need to do!

  • Reply Grace May 4, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I’ve been following Becoming Minimalist for a while now but I have yet to read one of his books!

  • Reply Vicki May 4, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I would love to read this book. I have read his book “Simplify”, and I subscribe to his blog as well. I’m in the process of decluttering my home after being in the same place for over 15 years (and stuff accumulates whether you want it to or not!).

  • Reply Jodie C May 4, 2016 at 5:03 am

    This book sounds great for two reasons. 1) Personal stories are so relatable. 2) “Finding minimalism in your terms”. The second reason really resonates with me as I’ve never felt like a minimalist, yet I know I have a lot of the tendencies. Last weekend if Sunday Funday hadn’t been interrupted with preparing and packing for going out of town for work for two weeks, I would have started yet another purge of the house. Instead, that is now something I look forward to doing when I get home. I think it is strange how so many items have held some sort of value in my life at one point or another but the greatest enjoyment that I get from them now is getting rid of them :)

  • Reply Elizabeth Hersey May 4, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Love reading books to keep me motivated.

  • Reply Jessica May 4, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I’m moving from South Africa to Stockholm in August to embrace a brilliant opportunity to go back to university and get a master’s degree in a field I’m passionate about. The idea is absolutely terrifying and Cait, your blog has helped me to find the courage to embrace it anyway! I’m busy trying to downsize from a two-bedroom flat into two suitcases and trying (and struggling!) to find my inner minimalist. Somehow I find myself just wanting to go shopping for the trip, even though I know that’s a bad idea since a) I can’t take much stuff with me! b) I REALLY need to save my money now, not spend it or I’ll end up with a massive loan at the end of my studies and c) what sane person would attempt to buy a winter coat for Sweden in Africa??
    Anyway, I’d love to learn to live more intentionally and stop my urge to buy more STUFF all the time so that I can make the most of this opportunity and focus on experiences rather than things and how I’m going to afford them all – and I think Joshua’s book will really help me with that. (Also, I’m a big fan of his blog :) )

  • Reply Brenda May 4, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Hi Cait! I really enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for the opportunity to win this interesting book!

  • Reply Tyler May 4, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I need a book like this to help me finally get serious about cleaning out the clutter in my life.

  • Reply Ruth May 4, 2016 at 5:21 am

    It’s on my reading list and a free copy would be most excellent! If I win, once I’ve read it I will pass it on/post it on to it’s next destination. Let’s start a book chain!

  • Reply Chiara May 4, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I never read a book written by Joshua Becker, and I’m really interested, because I love how he writes in his blog.

  • Reply Megan May 4, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I’d love to read the book. I’ve paired down my clothing using kon mari, but am still struggling with other items in my home. I think reading it would give me an extra boost I need.

  • Reply Laura May 4, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Looks like a great book – Would be happy to read and then pass it on!

  • Reply Shelly May 4, 2016 at 5:27 am

    You knew I was going to enter to win this book right? LOL If being minimalist means it doesn’t take you an hour to find something; then that’s where I want to be. The end….

    • Reply Shelly May 4, 2016 at 9:21 am

      And watching the news since yesterday , seeing about 80,000 people in Fort McMurray, Alberta having to leave their homes, not knowing if they will lose everything, and realizing what is really important in life. It’s definitely not “stuff.”

  • Reply Becky May 4, 2016 at 5:29 am

    I’ve been cleaning out and simplifying for about a year. I’m doing it slowly but the progress has been very rewarding. I’m a believer. It’s made managing life so much more joyful, and since I hate taking time away from my family to do “unnecessary chores,” it feels so good every time I get rid of something that eliminates one more thing I used to have to maintain. It’s so refreshing! I want to continue this journey and continually relearn to place more emphasis on people and experiences than on things. I’m a work in progress but at least there’s progress.

  • Reply Crystal May 4, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Having recently moved into a larger house on a farm we have so much space to store things and our house is mostly empty as we don’t have a lot of furniture right now. Hoping this book will keep me motivated to maintain that space for us to play and interact in rather than filling it up with stuff.

  • Reply Leah May 4, 2016 at 5:39 am

    This giveaway couldn’t have come at a better time. I woke up this morning (late) and spent the morning rushing around trying to get ready, feed the kids breakfast, feed the animals, pack up, find missing kids items, get the kids to preschool, get to work for an 8 AM meeting……….I almost started crying on the way to work because I’m so overwhelmed. I NEED to do something. I NEED to remove some of the stress from my life. I have to simplify, there’s no other option anymore. I’ve tried decluttering, but haven’t been able to finish it or make what I have done stick. Regardless of whether or not I win the book, I’ll be buying it. Thanks Cait!

  • Reply Erin May 4, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Sounds like just the book to get our family motivated to simplify. We keep saying we need to, but that’s as far as it goes. I’m interested how a family works together to reach this goal. Thanks for the info – I’ll head to his website next!

  • Reply Allison May 4, 2016 at 5:47 am

    I’d love to read this book. Decluttering my life is something I could certainly use right now.

  • Reply Haley May 4, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Great giveaway! Working on simplifying and this sounds like it’d be a great book.

  • Reply Belinda S May 4, 2016 at 5:49 am

    I would love to read this book, as it will inspire me to continue on the path I have started on, to pare down my belongings.
    I have really enjoyed reading about your journey to minimalism, in the last year or so. Any extra inspiration is always welcome…. This book would most certainly provide that! :-)

  • Reply Lindsey Goodwin May 4, 2016 at 5:52 am

    A book giveaway – how fun! I’d love to read Joshua’s book after hearing about him through various mediums (your blog, Brooke’s podcast). After reading The Minimalists book last year, I have slowly embraced a life with less – stuff, clutter and commitments. The one piece that is the hardest for me is the continual process of decluttering my 3 young sons growing pile ‘o’ stuff. They come home weekly with a folder from school with papers, attend birthday parties with endless goodie bags and receive trinkets and gifts from well meaning family and friends at every turn. I would love to read Joshua’s take on minimalism with kids, as I am finding myself increasingly frustrated.

  • Reply Jen G. May 4, 2016 at 5:54 am

    What a great giveaway! I’m getting married this summer and we’re considering moving in the fall. We trying to get our family to simplify before the move and this book would be great motivation!

  • Reply Jan May 4, 2016 at 5:56 am

    I live on Vancouver Island and yes, I have registered for Josh’s talk in Victoria. I have followed his blog and yours for some time now. I would like to read The More of Less because reading can offer new possibilities and insights.

  • Reply Iona May 4, 2016 at 5:56 am

    I could write a long waffly comment listing all the reasons why I’d like to delve into the contents of this book. But I will refrain – minimalism surely applies to our words too, right? Let’s just say, that I’m hopeful this book might be the one that my burgeoning family can actually relate to.

  • Reply Shannon May 4, 2016 at 5:57 am

    I would love to read this book as I’m working on simplifying and am always curious to learn more about minimalism!

  • Reply Tammy Spiller May 4, 2016 at 5:59 am

    My husband and I, and our three kids have started to downsize our life. Sold the house, halved our belongings but it’s still a struggle minimalism get with kids. I need all the help from Joshua I can get. The book would be lovely.

  • Reply Laura Gail May 4, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Cait, I’ve spent the past two weeks devouring your blog. I’m a professed minimalist but I needed some fresh inspiration and your shopping bans and decluttering gave me exactly what I needed. Joshua Becker is one of the first people that I found on my minimalist journey and I would love to win this book because it sounds like it encompasses his whole journey and he walks you through it start to finish.

    Also, I’m not buying anymore books for a couple of months and just using the library while we work to pay off student loans over the next two years. I have a baby coming (3rd one) and by this time, I have realized that I really don’t need much for this baby. So, I’m hoping to still pay a lot on my husbands student loans even though we have an impending birth and I’m getting braces. Thank you for your fresh perspective and your honesty on your blog! I absolutely love it!

  • Reply Jan P May 4, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I have been reading/researching minimalism for quite a while. I’m tired of stuff controlling my life – I so want to break free of that feeling.

  • Reply Melissa May 4, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I would love to read that book because I have been following that author for a while now, and got excited knowing a book would come out.

  • Reply Kim May 4, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Sounds like it will be a fantastic read. I really enjoy reading his blog so can imagine how great the book will be. I have just checked Amazon and it is not out here in the UK until 3rd June :( not sure I can wait that long!

  • Reply Laura May 4, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I am looking to declutter & organize my life this year. Less stuff means less stress. Looking forward to a calm & clutter free home!

  • Reply Jaime May 4, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I just recently listened to Joshua on the Slow Home podcast. I’d love to read more about his transition to minimalism.

  • Reply Kate May 4, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I’m so interested in this book. I’ve done a lot of downsizing in the last year or so, but I certainly wouldn’t call myself a minimalist. I’d like to be, though, & I think I just need some additional inspiration/motivation/understanding to get there.

  • Reply Cindy May 4, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I have been simplifying my world for years. Like you, I like to read just about anything and everything to help me continue on my journey. Thanks for the raffle.

  • Reply Sandy May 4, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Sounds like a great book! Not sure what you mean by “answer the question listed” to enter the giveaway, but I do need a push to de clutter and this may help. Of course one of my biggest “clutter” categories is books, though…..

  • Reply Maria May 4, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I so want to read this book! Been following blogs for a while now but a book is always my preferred way to soak up information and ideas. I’m sure fellow book-lovers understand!

  • Reply Nancy Todd May 4, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I struggle with the duality in myself of an ardent consumer, enjoying lovely things and a wannabe minimalist seeing the value in saving money for the important things in life- travel, experiences, retirement and less baggage. You and Joshua have been massive inspirations to me in my struggle.

  • Reply em May 4, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Love this idea! I’m slowly starting to edit out everything I don’t need – I love how it feels to be so free from things.

  • Reply Karen Wills May 4, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I have been clearing our home of “stuff” and find it to be very mind-cleaning as well. I would love to read and learn more for continued motivation. Thank you, Cait!

  • Reply Linda McMullen Marcy ~glass alchemsit May 4, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I heard Joshua being interviewed on local radio yesterday (5/3)… I was even more impressed than just reading the blog. Wow.

  • Reply Samantha May 4, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I was inspired by your shopping ban and getting rid of most of the items in your home but I can’t get my boyfriend into the same mentality. I was hoping that this book would be an easy way to introduce him to minimalism and hopefully limit more things so we can downsize our house without being overwhelmed by clutter.

    • Reply Carol H. May 4, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Samantha – I too am in the same boat! My boyfriend & I have been living together for 6 years now and while I am finding so much freedom from minimalism he is quite the opposite. Here’s to introducing minimalism!

  • Reply L May 4, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I’d love to read it for motivation that calm and peace can be better achieved with less as we try this jouney :D

  • Reply Barbara May 4, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I give things away, purge and buy less quite often. I want to continue this journey.

  • Reply kyenne williams May 4, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Having just sold my house and in the madness of preparing to move, I can use all the help, reminders, encouragement and prompts in establishing a more minimal footprint. And I promise to take what I can use and pass the book on once read!

  • Reply Morina McGovern May 4, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter this lovely giveaway. We can all benefit from fresh ideas to help motivate us on our journey of simplifying.

  • Reply Tori May 4, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I really need some minimalism in my life right now. I moved into my first apartment about a year ago and it seemed so enormous. Within the last year, I’ve managed to fill it up with so much stuff I never knew I had/needed! It looks so tiny now and I’m daydreaming about a two bedroom. What I really need to do is embrace the truth that I really don’t need all of this stuff. I have a really hard time getting my things, especially the things that were given to me as gifts.

  • Reply Birgit May 4, 2016 at 7:13 am

    The past two or so years I’ve been on a slow process of simplifying/minimalising in my home and while I have developed a few strategies (say hello to the big closet purge) I could definitely need a few pointers to reach my goal before I hit 50 *haha* so I’d love to get some additional advice through this book.

  • Reply Karen Golden May 4, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I can’t wait to read the book! :)

  • Reply Erin May 4, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Hi Cait! I would love to read this book since I’ve been following Joshua Becker for several years and I’m excited to read yours and Anthony Ongaro’s parts it in the book! It would be really nice to receive a copy since I’m a broke college student :(

  • Reply Lisa Foster May 4, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I am still at an early stage in my minimalism journey, and I’m looking for ideas and inspiration.

  • Reply Carol May 4, 2016 at 7:27 am

    After a wake-up call (my husband leaving me) I am really trying to live my life intentionally, trying to pay attention to the important things in my life.. Which is the people and experiences. Not the things. But I have not been able to move the clutter out. Hope this book can help me to me be forward on that front to open up my home space and my life. And I enjoy Joshua’s writing.

  • Reply RB May 4, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Would love to hear about the perspective in this book (I already love the blog) and would be motivational as we continue our simplifying journey! Thanks & blessings!

  • Reply Kirsti May 4, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I’ve been starting seriously on this minimalist journey since March after realizing that we had no control over our finances. I’d love to read another person’s perspective on the journey and hear any tips they have!

    Thanks Kait for your blog, it’s very inspiring!

  • Reply Nathan May 4, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Excited to read it! Definitely one of my favorite minimalist bloggers. Thanks Cait!

  • Reply Cait May 4, 2016 at 7:49 am

    sounds like a great book to read! super excited to hopefully win a copy!

  • Reply Maggie May 4, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I have started down this path with a 40 bags in 40 days purging and now need to take it to the next level. Winning the book would stay within my no shopping ban.

  • Reply Amy May 4, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Awesome giveaway! I would love to read his story. I’m especially interested in stories about families living the minimalist lifestyle together.

  • Reply JH May 4, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I’m new to this journey and am reading everything I can get my hands on, just as you mentioned you did a few years ago. I read your blog and Joshua’s regularly and have poured through the archives as well. I’d love to read the book to get even more in-depth insights about transitioning to a life with less stuff. Your blog and your shopping ban are very inspiring!

  • Reply Tania May 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I need to minimize the stuff in my house. Too much stuff and it gets overwhelming.

  • Reply julie May 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Because I would love to have more of less, instead of less of more.

  • Reply Susan May 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this book – but it’s not available at my library.
    There’s two of us in a four bedroom house, and it’s full of stuff. Mostly mine, but also my parents (both passed away) and siblings (both moved away). I hope this book will provide the push I need to go through the hundreds of boxes in my home.

  • Reply Megan McDonald May 4, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Definitely looking forward to reading this book. My life and my space are overrun with clutter and junk. I’m eager to learn more about any successful solutions to this situation that others have found. And thanks, Cait, for your blog and the Budget & Cents podcasts–very inspiring stuff! I’m finally sticking to a budget for the first time in years thanks to you.

  • Reply Kayla May 4, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I’ve had my eyes on this book after hearing it was recommended by you and Anthony Ongaro. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  • Reply Sarah May 4, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I love becoming minimalist! Really needing some encouragement to simplify my possessions/life a bit before getting married this summer and moving back abroad!

  • Reply Leah May 4, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Ah would love to win this!! Love your blog – thank you for such informative and applicable content (also great that its Canadian $$ focused).

  • Reply Laurie May 4, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Enter me in the giveaway please!!
    As a thirty-something with a ton of student debt to pay off, minimalism has fascinated me, but it still feels like a constant battle against stuff in my household and money is still always tight! Any new advice would be so helpful!!

  • Reply Wendy May 4, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I would love to read this book as part of my quest to becoming a minimalist. I read Joshua Becker’s blog and enjoy his insight into the process. I feel that I would learn a lot from his sharing in the book.

  • Reply Cortney May 4, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I love how the minimalist world not only helps people on their journey, but each other from blogger to blogger. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Reply Vicky May 4, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Hi Cait,
    I would love to win the book as I love becoming minimalist, I regularly catch up on Joshua’s posts and the guest posts. Also it’s my birthday at the weekend so it would be a great surprise gift for me! And also I am experimenting with a shopping ban so as much as I’d like to read the book I don’t want to buy it!!

  • Reply Wendi May 4, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Our family is moving to a “new” house in six weeks. We got rid of a lot to get our house show-ready but still have a lot more to purge. This book looks like something I might even be able to get my husband to read . . . !

  • Reply TwistedFoolPT May 4, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Hi Cait!

    Ever since I embraced a more minimalist journey I’ve been looking for inspiration where I can find it. It is how I came across your blog (and why I’ve been saving money going on 4 months now ;) )! I’ve read a few of Joshua’s posts and somehow I’ve felt reassured that minimalism doesn’t look the same for everyone and it gave me the confidence I needed to keep going. I’d love to read his book to learn more about the lifestyle and incorporate minimalism in other areas of my life. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Crystal May 4, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I can’t wait to read this book! Joshua Becker was one of the first authors to introduce me to minimalism, as well. I loved his free Kindle book, and he deserves this publication! It’s been a little over a year since I embraced minimalism, and I continue to keep wanting to learn more and take it one step further!

  • Reply Jana May 4, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I love cleaning out and simplifying and this book looks like even more than that. I could use a recharge :)

  • Reply Denise May 4, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I’ve been on a minimalism journey for a couple years now, and now I’m about to radically downsize…I’m selling my house and moving myself and my son into my dad’s condo. I have 7 weeks to purge my belongings and take only what we truly need and love. I’m sure Joshua’s book would be a huge motivator!

  • Reply Tara May 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

    This book amazing! I have remember you mentioning his blog before but I always forget to check it out.
    It would be amazing to hear you both speak and meet you! I tell everyone about your blog and podcast. My husband and I are traveling the us leaving Wiscknsin in a few weeks and Victoria is on our list. I hope we can make it time.
    If you need any travel inspiration or advice for your next year on the road check out our blog

  • Reply Julie@ChooseBetterLife May 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I’ve been working on minimalism for a while now and would love to hear his tips on how to get the whole family involved.

  • Reply Maria May 4, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Very interested in reading this book :) thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Mackenzie May 4, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I would really love to win this book because so many aspects of minimilism are applying to my life right now, especially with having a small child who has a lot of stuff. I feel like I can relate to what Joshua Becker is saying and as I get older, I want to not be tied down by things and stuff. I want more experiences :)

  • Reply Dana May 4, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Sounds like a really helpful book! I’d love to read it and figure out how to downsize and declutter with a toddler in the house!!

  • Reply PippaTee May 4, 2016 at 9:05 am

    One more tool on my journey towards minimalist living. Thanks for the opportunity and, as always, thanks for your writing.

  • Reply San May 4, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I’ve been following Joshua’s blog for a while and am intrigued to check out his book. Minimalism appeals to me in so many ways. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach, but to be mindful about the things we own is a huge step towards happiness.

  • Reply Chayne May 4, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Our family is very similar to Joshua’s and I have been reading his blog for a while, as well as decluttering. I’m really enjoying the benefits so far, but seem to be in a bit of a rut and I think this book will help get me out of it.

  • Reply Carol H. May 4, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I found you while researching blogs on budgeting and fell in love with your style of writing and the real life experiences you share. I have now paid off one credit card and almost have my car paid off. I thoroughly enjoyed your Budget & Cents podcast and look forward to a new season. I am clearing out the clutter from my life and finding much more happiness from doing so. Looking forward to reading about your travels this summer.

  • Reply Holly (2 Kids and Tired) May 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Fantastic giveaway. I’ve been realizing more and more how physical clutter affects me emotionally. I have followed Joshua for awhile and love his thoughts and ideas.

  • Reply Marii-Heleen May 4, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I am ready to gather more knowledge to start my journey towards more minimalistic life. In several aspects of my life I am already trying my best, but I believe that more knowledge about other ways would help me a lot.

  • Reply Marlon May 4, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Hello Cait.. I am in two minimizing processes at the moment. I am in the process of giving up one of my main addictive feel-good habits; shopping! I began shopping primarily for clothing and books really excessively about 10 years ago.. and only in the past six months realized how distracting this was from what was important to me. I haven’t bought any new clothing for 3.5 months (I failed a bit on the book front and ordered a book about hiking in the Gulf Islands for my summer yoga trip to Cortes Island). I also have a small family (myself, my partner and a beautiful little girl + 2 cats) and a small home in the woods; I want to create a serene and beautiful environment and I have always struggled with clutter and not being tidy and only realized recently it’s because I have too many things I don’t need or care for! I would love to read the book for further inspiration and to inspire my family :)

  • Reply Katie May 4, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Your blog got me started on my own shopping ban, and has become an inspiration for me as I start down the road to living more with less.

  • Reply Kathryn May 4, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Moving to Asia and not having all of my “stuff” for 8 weeks made me realize how much time, money and energy it was costing me. I’ve been working on downsizing since, but have not yet reached the point where I could call myself a minimalist. I would love to read this book!

  • Reply Dorothy K May 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Yes please, at least a chance for a free book makes me happy!

  • Reply Lauren May 4, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I’d love to read this! I’m slowly picking up every book on minimalism I can find, but most haven’t been very good so far, so I’m hoping this one will be better! And I want to review it on my blog. :)

  • Reply Carly May 4, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Hi Cait! I love reading your blog, you should know that how you feel about Joshua is how many of us feel about you! You are kind, realistic, honest and seem to understand the importance of community. I hope you know how much you have changed my life for the better and led me towards minimalism and all the amazing things it brings!

  • Reply Chantal May 4, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Hi Cait,
    I have been following for a while and also follow The more of Less. Living simple and living within your means is something that we are slowly progressing towards. We are downsizing quite big in the next week and our expenses will be down as well later on this year. Would love a copy of the book!! :)

  • Reply Nichole Williams May 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I want to read this because I’m in a similar situation as Joshua – married with a new baby and two dogs living in a normal house and wanting to reduce how much stuff we have!

  • Reply Kaci May 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I love everything about Minimalism and am always looking to learn.

  • Reply Karen May 4, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I am surrounded by junk!! I have recently separated so I am renting out lots of my home and now it seems all my junk is moving into my bedroom!! I really need some inspiration!!

  • Reply Amy M May 4, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I’d love to read this book because I feel myself stalling a bit on my minimalism journey. I think it would help me refocus my efforts.

  • Reply Suzanne May 4, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I truly enjoy reading your blog.

  • Reply Stacy Harris May 4, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I LOVE this website! I am also following Becoming Minimalism! I wish that you both would come to St. Louis. I have been wanting to order his book, but I could not fit it into my budget. So, winning a copy would be a dream come true!!

  • Reply Darcy May 4, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Would love to win this book!

  • Reply Darr Tucknott May 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Love your blog and love reading Josh’s work too!

  • Reply Elena May 4, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    This book would be perfect! My fiance and I have been trying to declutter our apartment! Our wedding is next month and we are aiming to start married life with less clutter!

  • Reply cathy May 4, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Always looking for different thoughts on minimalism. Count me in.

  • Reply Haleigh May 4, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I would love to read this book! I have just started learning about minimalism and I think I could benefit from it. I tend to have too many things and my personality type gets overwhelmed by all the thing. Eek, hope I win!

  • Reply Bonnie May 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Intentional is my word for the year and it definitely includes the need to simplify and reduce “stuff”! i
    would love to read this book.

  • Reply ARBM May 4, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    You get a mention in his book?!? That’s so cool!
    I might be able to make it to Victoria for June 28th… maybe…

  • Reply Deanna May 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I would read this book to help me get over my fear of where to begin. Also, I have done quite a bit – but never seem to stop adding -subtracting. Circles one might say. I would like to read this book and conquer this never peaceful part of my life. Clutter+ Ugh!

  • Reply Tera May 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I would love to read this book because I want to let go of time and space wasters and focus only on the things and activities that really give my life meaning. Thanks for the contest!

  • Reply Anita May 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I am currently mid de-clutter after living in my large 2 br basement suite for a year. As a full time student I have a hard time devoting a lot of time and mental energy finding things a ‘home’ but my boyfriend who I joke is “way-more-organized than me” is moving in 4 months from now so I am biting the bullet to de-clutter way in advance so there’s lots of room and less decisions needed during the ‘merge and purge’ phase in September.

  • Reply Christine N May 4, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Since moving a year ago, I got rid of a ton of stuff. But our new place has so little storage I feel I need to learn to live with less. I’m getting there but that’s why I want to read this book! Thanks!

  • Reply amelia May 4, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I did a big purge about 1.5 years ago. Since then I’ve been much more intentional about what I buy and keep. I attempted a shopping ban, but still bough a number of things during it. I feel like i’ve made a small foray into minimalism, but I’m not really a minimalist. I’d like to read more about it to see if I could get deeper into minimalism successfully.

  • Reply Nat May 4, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I would love to read this book. Thank you for this give away opportunity.

  • Reply Elaine May 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Looking around me, I need to declutter and this book along with your blog can only help!!! Thank you for offering 2 books!!!

  • Reply Jamie May 4, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I’m just starting my voyage towards minimalism and think this book would be a very helpful guide!

  • Reply Elisabeth May 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I am getting into minimalism and would love to have this book as a helpful guide!

  • Reply Liane May 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Would love the opportunity to win this book to help me along on my journey towards simplicity.
    Thank you..:)

  • Reply Natalie May 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve been reading articles about minimalism and really want to embrace it, and I think this book would really help me cross that bridge into freedom of less :)

  • Reply Anne May 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    That’s a nice giveaway! After I read the book, I’d be more than happy to pass it on to my sister-in-law.

  • Reply Latasha May 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you Cait. You are always an inspiration! I have embraced minimalism for a while now. Its sets you free!

  • Reply Stephanie May 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I’m trying to minimize since we’re going to be down sizing in a few months. After a huge out of state move, I’ve realized that we have way too much stuff! I love Joshua’s blog and I’d love to read his book.

  • Reply Ebony May 4, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I just discovered minimalism and would love a copy of this book to help get me started!

  • Reply Noelle May 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Cait for a new blog post and doing this giveaway event! I enjoy reading your blog posts , especially those about shopping ban and minimalism !

  • Reply Terri May 4, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I would love to read this book because I live in a very small space and have way too much stuff that I can’t get rid of. I’m tied to way too many things, but I don’t know how to change a lifetime of thinking that things must be kept! I’m over 60 years old and I’m miserable living with this overwhelming lack of space because of sentimental items. Pictures from so many decades of living life, things from grandchildren and family. Ugh! Help!

  • Reply Mia May 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I really want to get my life and home in order. There’s too much clutter and chaos. I’m super interested in what Josh has to say about minimalism. :)

  • Reply Kristy May 4, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Why I want to win this book? I have always been a minimalist. Clutter makes me uncomfortable and I seeks ways to minimize it. In my single days being a minimalist was easy. Now with a family of 5 I find it much harder. In 2016 our family has committed to a buy nothing challenge. It’s been a great experience for us and has us rethinking a great many things about our needs, our wants and what we want moving forward. I am in just the right place to enjoy this book. As per Cait’s suggestion I will be trying to get it from my local library.

  • Reply Leah May 4, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I would love to get this book as I’ve moved 2x since January and would appreciate more ideas to help declutter and reorganize my life that is all in boxes right now.

  • Reply Tania LD May 5, 2016 at 12:45 am

    It sounds great…..It would be a perfect begining with my own minimalist style of life!!! a perfect gift!!I adore your blog, always remove my mind, but by the moment have a lot of things to change.Thanks for all your time.From A Coruña-Spain.:)

  • Reply juliaL49 May 5, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I’ve been minimising and shopping-banning (is that a word?) for almost 10 years now and there is still some way to go.

    Great, that this is a worldwide competition!

  • Reply Amy Maxwell May 5, 2016 at 1:37 am

    I’ve been gradually getting rid of the unnecessary possessions and learning about minimalism. I want to live a more simple or uncluttered life but it is still a bit of a struggle changing. I’m definitely interested in reading Josh’s book.

  • Reply Ros May 5, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Wow thanks for making it a worldwide giveaway Cait!! I will read this book for sure… And my housemate will laugh when I get another book about decluttering “Isn’t that missing the point??!!!!”

  • Reply Brandon @ Nurse on Fire May 5, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I want to read this book because, having read several articles on Josh’s site, the allure of minimalism is rather profound. While we are nowhere near what could be described as minimalist at this time, my wife are working on purging many things and, in the next few years, plan to move our family into an Airstream and hit the road full-time as I begin working as a travel nurse. Focusing more on the minimalist mindset will be paramount as we begin that journey, as we will be downsizing to a living space of a mere few hundred square feet. Thank you very much for the opportunity with this giveaway! :)

  • Reply Sabrina May 5, 2016 at 5:26 am

    I’ve been reading your blog since last year and I also love Joshua’s blog. I’d love to win his book mostly to introduce minimalism to my husband who is actually more in the I-finally-have-a-lot-of-space-for-myself phase. Before marriage he lived with his parents and did not have a real personal space, so now he’s enjoying our new house, but I feel like we have too much space and we need not to fill it up with things. This book could be helpful in explaining how I see things and maybe getting my husband on board too. :) Thanks from Italy!

  • Reply Cedes May 5, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Sounds like this would be a great read! I’ve been working on removing clutter in my life, it’s been slow going, but it’s getting there! Something like this would be a great motivator!

  • Reply Laura May 5, 2016 at 6:04 am

    I love Josh’s story and blog, because you are right – it’s SO normal! His neighbor made a valid point that got him to become a minimalist: maybe you shouldn’t have so much stuff. I love that something so simple changed everything for Josh and his family. Every once in a while I find a really good minimalist read and it gives me the kick I need to start decluttering, again. Again, because it’s a continual process and each time you learn something different. Thanks, Cait!

  • Reply Melanie May 5, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I would love to read this book and start my own journey to living simpler.

  • Reply Taryn May 5, 2016 at 7:40 am

    While I would love to read the book I would like to nominate Suz’s entry (May 4, 2016 at 4:39am) because her entry touched my heart. I watched my mother go through the same process as her friend. It’s tough and can be emotionally devastating.

    Suz, I don’t know you but if you read this, please give your friend a hug from me.

  • Reply Akilah May 5, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I want to start the journey of becoming minimalist. Ive decluttered somewhat but there’s way more I have to learn and implement. Winning the chance to read and own this book would be totally awesome!!! FYI I love both your blogs! :D

  • Reply Katie May 5, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I would love to read this book as I find realistic reminders of living a simpler life immensely inspiring.

  • Reply Natalie May 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I’m subscribed to Becoming Minimalist already and love his writing on minimalism and would love to read more! I’m building my own tiny house in Nova Scotia and I’ll definitely need to practice minimalism once I move in and do some downsizing beforehand too. I’d love to win this book!
    I’m glad you got to meet him and it’s very cool that people online writing about the same topics get to meet in real life. :)

  • Reply Dr.J @ MedSchool Financial May 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Looks like a good read, would also recommend watching documentary called TINY, takes the minimalism lifestyle to mini-homes.

  • Reply Deborah May 5, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Minimalism isn’t in my blood, but focussing on the important stuff sounds infinitely appealing. Perhaps this book will help me to do that.

  • Reply Lori L May 5, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I have been following his blog and Facebook , I love his style and mission. I want to read his book badly, I have been purging things and need more encouragement. Thank you for this giveaway.

  • Reply Alyssa May 5, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I have really enjoyed Joshua’s blog and would love to read his book!

  • Reply April May 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Joshua’s website was the first one I came across, as a recommendation from The Frugal Girl, and it springboarded my interest in Minimalism, and all the wonderful author/blogs I’ve discovered since then. I am looking forward to reading this regardless.

  • Reply Kelsey May 5, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book! This is my year of minimalism and learning to love things less. I am so glad to have found your blog late last year and have completely transformed my finances from making a budget, tracking purchases and investing! I feel like I owe you so much! Also I look forward to the (hopeful) day of seeing you on the streets of Victoria, or better yet on the trails in our glorious island backyard!

  • Reply David (FinanceSuperhero) May 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I am interested in checking out this book simply for the sake of reading Becker’s thoughts on defining minimalism on your own terms. That sounds very intriguing.

  • Reply Mary May 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I need help with wanting less and living lighter. I would love to win the book; thank you for the giveaway

  • Reply tracy May 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I’d love to read this book, and considered buying it many times, but I’m on a no-spending challenge right now! I’ve resisted and been doing well on the challenge, but I would love to win the book! Cait, you’ve been such an inspiration :-) Thanks for this opportunity…

  • Reply Erin May 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I seem to always be decluttering every couple months. I hope this book will give me some tips on how to finally organize and be more minimalist. I think to help with this, I will start a shopping ban this summer with only a few approved items to shop for.

  • Reply Erica M. May 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve been making some decent decluttering progress, but still have more work to do. I find personal stories of real people decluttering and simplifying to be so much more motivational and helpful than generic articles or lists of thing to declutter. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway, Cait!

  • Reply JP May 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    This book will get me started!

  • Reply Ann McBurnie May 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I am beginning to de-clutter my life in expectation of retirement. Less for my kids to deal with when I eventually have to move. Some of the clutter is theirs though they have moved out! I also want to de-clutter so I can life a more simple, meaningful life.

  • Reply Heather May 5, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I love reading about how you are living a minimalist life. I, like many others, are striving to be more minimalist. I feel like I have hit a rough patch. I look around and think, yes, I need that, yes I use that… or I can’t just get rid of that, its new! I will just use this up. Then things that I do try to purge sit in a pile for WEEKS. So basically, I have an excuse for everything. I am hoping that reading this book will get my butt in gear, motivate me to do instead of do nothing.
    Thanks for the giveaway Cait! Fingers crossed for me!!

  • Reply Felicity May 5, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    We have just moved country and although I am working my husband has not secured work so its a bit tight (moved in November). I need all the help I can get xx

  • Reply Bria May 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Would love to read this book!

  • Reply Becky May 5, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    On October 10, 2015 I gave birth to a wonderful little girl. Her dad and I have politely declined a lot of the baby paraphernalia that’s been offered to us but lately I’ve been noticing how much has still managed to sneak into our home. We’ve always had too much stuff in my opinion but since she was born I’ve found it harder to stay on top of it all. I’d love to be inspired by someone else’s experience. :)

  • Reply Faith A. May 6, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Sounds like a great book. We are drowning in stuff, and I’d love to get rid of loads of it.

  • Reply Stephanie May 6, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I’ve been on this path for a few months now and have been reading your blog for about as long. It started with a move last year, downsizing to a space that was less than half of what I had previously, and sent so much home with my parents. Living in a tiny apartment with tiny closets has been so freeing. I’ve stopped shopping for “things” and that money is spent (or saved!) doing things that I truly enjoy. I’d like to read this book to expand my perspective and see what has worked for others/how it’s worked.

  • Reply Carol Cornett May 6, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Would love to read this book to further my journey into minimalism. I’ve been in a decluttering phase for the past 3-4 weeks or so and have felt energized to continue on this path. I really enjoy reading your blog and also listening to your podcast (can’t wait for your next season!).

  • Reply Laura May 6, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I keep hearing about this book everywhere, and would love to read it. Just listened to Joshua on the Productivityist podcast yesterday. Hope I win!

  • Reply Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds May 6, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I am always looking for new tips on minimalism and saving money. Would love this book, sounds good :-)

  • Reply Debby May 6, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I want to down size and cull my possessions but it isn’t easy to change 50 years of habits or pare down 50 years worth of stuff. Hoping the strategies in the book will help me to embrace this new way of living.

  • Reply petra May 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I’d like to read about Joshua’s experience and I’m looking for strategies to help me clear out and simplify a few trouble spots.

  • Reply Christine M May 7, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Just reading about the book makes me feel lighter and more hopeful already! I can only imagine how it might feel after reading the book.

  • Reply Kat May 7, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Thanks for this! I also love Joshua’s story; it’s been inspiration on my own journey towards mindfulness and minimalism. I’m excited to read the book!

  • Reply Marina May 7, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I have lots and lots of ideas about how to keep in the minimalist direction of life that I’m heading into, and I hope this book will help streamline my efforts and give fresh perspective. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Rebecca May 7, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Would love to win this then pass it on to someone else interested once I’m done!

  • Reply Nikole May 7, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve only just started my purging, and am already feeling better about life in general. Would love to win the giveaway!

  • Reply Valerie May 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    This book sounds great! I too, have gotten into minimalism in the past year and read a bunch of books, but my non-traveling life as a mom of two doesn’t exactly fit the mold of most minimalist authors. I’d love to see a collaboration of works from people with stories similar to mine!

  • Reply Emma May 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I am fairly new to minimalism and am researching it intensely at the moment. I am looking to get lots of different perspectives on it and would love to read Joshua’s new book :)

  • Reply Joslyn May 7, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve been thinking about getting rid of a lot of my stuff – I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – but it seems like a big time commitment. I’m finally at a point where I’ll have some free time in the next few months, so I really want to get this done! I’d like to read The More of Less to provide refreshed motivation.

  • Reply Mary Ann May 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I have been reading Joshua’s blog for a while and reading the book would help me in the my journey to simplify.

  • Reply CB May 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I’m fascinated by the minimalism movement and have done a lot of reading about its predecessor, voluntary simplicity. Very interested in reading this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Reply Ruth Permisa May 7, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I want to know more of being a minimalist. I want to be one to simplify things around me.

  • Reply giulia May 8, 2016 at 1:54 am

    this book seems great !!!:D

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