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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.

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Book Giveaway: Tidy Up with Marie Kondo

February 1, 2016


One of my goals for the first 90 days of this year is to read 1 book/week… and, to my shock, I’ve actually been able to stick to it. My early success with this goal might be a result of the fact that I’ve committed to sharing a book review on Instagram every Sunday, so I feel the need to stay accountable. But it has also served as a great reminder that it doesn’t take very long to read a book – sometimes just 3 to 6 hours, depending on how long it is – all we have to do is make the time.

Time is something that many of us claim to never have enough of, despite the fact that we’re all given the same number of hours and minutes in a day. I’ve come to realize that so much of our personal definition of the word “time” is based on how many tasks and to-dos are floating around in our brains. Even if it only takes 5 or 10 minutes to accomplish some of them, each task takes up mental space that makes us feel “busy”, and that’s space we can’t get back until a task is complete.

For years, I would write “clean” on my weekly task list. By “clean”, I didn’t just mean do laundry or scrub the bathroom tub; I meant tidy up and re-organize my belongings. Since getting rid of 75% of my stuff, however, I never have to do that. Whenever I’m done with something, I put it back where it belongs – in a spot that’s easily accessible and makes sense for me. And because I got rid of so much stuff, I never feel overwhelmed by the task (so now “clean” finally means exactly that).

I want the same to be true for you, which is why I’m giving away two books that can help.

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The End of Summer Book Giveaway

August 24, 2015


One of the challenges I set for myself during the second year of my shopping ban is to only read books I already own, and not even use the library while I try to get through them. While unpacking the last few boxes of stuff I have, I found my (much smaller) book collection and made a stack of the ones I want to read in the next few months. At the top of my stack was The Joy of Less, which my amazing friend Clare sent me a few months ago. I finally started reading it late last week and, with each chapter I finished, kept thinking it would be a great book for anyone who wants to embrace minimalism.

Do you know what the best way for me to spread the message in that book is? To give it away, of course!

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