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Simplify [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Becker
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Simplify is a celebration of living more by owning less. Written by Joshua Becker, who inspires hundreds of thousands of people on his personal blog, this is a book that calls for the end of living lives seeking and accumulating more and more possessions by highlighting the enjoyment of living with less.

Three years ago, his typical, suburban family of four made the decision to minimize their possessions, declutter their home, and simplify their lives. In so doing, they discovered countless real-life benefits of living with less. And now, to help others experience the same freedom, they offer the most important lessons they’ve learned through the process. Simplify is full of personal stories, practical tips, and powerful inspiration.

It is based on a rational approach to minimalism. It will forever change the way you look at physical possessions. And most importantly, its approach will free you from the burden of clutter and provide you with the extra motivation to realign your life around your heart’s greatest passions… however you choose to define them.

Praise for Simplify:
• “A must-read.” - Leo Babauta, Zen Habits, TIME Magazine Blog of the Year
• “If you’re looking for specific advice on how to live well with less, this book is worth a look.” - Naomi Seldin, The Times Union, Albany, NY
• “It is a simple, straightforward guide to simplifying your life and brings new light to the term minimalist.” - Tanna Clark, Professional Organizer


Product Details

  • File Size: 185 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006431ADS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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221 of 226 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic minimalism! December 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a 57 yr old grandmother who lived a minimalist lifestyle during the difficult years as a young, single mother. Having remarried in 1989 to the best man I have ever known, my life seemed to improve in leaps and bounds by having more financial stability, and the opportunity to finish my education allowing better career opportunities. We live in a small house that we remodeled to suit our needs when my boys were grown & I was able to retire last year.
I have often said that the best memories of my life were when my kids were small and I was poor. We would drive to the beach, with our basket of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, koolaid & cut fruits, spend the day on a remote spot where there were no tourist attractions, just us and the beach. I made a lean to from an old tarp to create shade where my youngest would nap for hours. At the end of the day, we visited I a public bath house, showered off the sand & I dressed them in PJ' s for the hour drive home.
In the years since, I have bought all of the things, or been gifted everything I used to think I wanted, needed or thought I was supposed to have. But the strangest transformation began almost immediately after acquiring all the "stuff" I began to stay constantly stressed over where to put things, surprised that I really didn't love most of it and guilty to have been blessed yet ungrateful. I couldn't understand why, what was wrong with me? Well, your book, along with a few others, smacked me in the head with the understanding: I was perfectly NORMAL! THE CONSUMER IN ME WAS THE CRAZY ONE! Some books go to the extreme, but your book helped me define my own level of minimalism.
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The More You Own, The Less Freedom You Have November 12, 2014
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition
Growing up, I never wanted for anything. I always had plenty of food, a good home, and a bevy of other niceties that I always thought were necessary parts of life. As I grew older, I realized I started placing so much importance in material items. I had to have the largest TV, the most lavish house, and all the latest gadgets. One thing I never really had, however, was happiness. At some point, I realized that these "things" weren't good enough. I decided it would be a good idea for me to try to place less importance on stuff that didn't amount to anything worthwhile. In my search for a simplified lifestyle, I came across Simplify. This book is filled with valuable information that really shows you exactly what you need and what is just unnecessary filler. Possessions are ultimately worthless in the grand scheme of things, and what's most important is family, friends, and the good times you have.

On my journey for a decluttered lifestyle, I also came across 21 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy. This is a book written from a similar point of view in which living with less actually gives you more freedom. It's also not just about giving up material possessions. Many of the things listed in the book deal with deeper, more meaningful concepts that should be let go. For instance, one of my favorite chapters is "Give Up Caring What People Think of You." I think one of the driving forces behind my need to get the latest and greatest gadgets was the fact that I wanted to impress my neighbors and friends. I think, a lot of times, we put too much stock in what people have to say about how we live, when we should really be focusing on what makes us happy.

All in all, I think Simplify and
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of Fresh Oxygen November 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had not read a single post from his blog before purchasing this book. I was in for a pleasant surprise.

This book is extremely concise (less than a 100 pages), which I value in any blog post, article, or book on simplicity. Quality over quantity.

Which brings me to the next point, this book is on PRINCIPLES (as indicated by the title of the book), meaning it will teach you how to fish instead of just handing out fish. If you want someone to hold your hand, buy the Simple Living Guide (500 pages!) and she will direct step by step, dump your drawers out, separate into three piles kind of stuff. There are many blogs on declutting, and Miss Minimalist and Zen Habits will walk you through. There is no point in Joshua reiterating what countless others have covered in regards to clutter. He is simply here to introduce to you the simple life, offering principles that you'll want to keep for a lifetime. The benefits are immense.

BOOK UNFOLDING:

Book starts out with his story. I like the approach, makes you feel welcome. His stories are insightful and entertaining throughout the book. First story goes: some neighbor tells him about her minimalist daughter while he's spending time in the garage cleaning, yet another weekend gone.

He boils things down to the top reasons why you should simplify your life. He points you to his blog if you need more reasons. I was delighted to see the bullet point about simplifying so your kids don't have to rummage through all your stuff one day! Other minimalists don't touch on this important subject. All the junk piling up in my mother's house --- I wonder how I will counter that monumental task if my dad passes or if some tragic accident happens to both of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A quick, helpful guide to "rational minimalism."
Published 19 hours ago by jetravel
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
Too many religious themes for me. I could not get into it. References to religious faith kept annoying me.
Published 1 day ago by Jennifer R.
1.0 out of 5 stars Its quite boring, not for young people
Actually found it quite boring tbh
Published 5 days ago by Aparna
4.0 out of 5 stars good short read
Concise and easy read. Good tips for anyone beginning a journey in minimalism. I like that Becker defines minimalism in terms of what is reasonable to you rather than being tied... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Julian
5.0 out of 5 stars life simplifying, easy to read, real world advice
Great book. It is very helpful and realistic. I recommend for anyone trying to de-stress their lives! Old wisdom for our modern way of living.
Published 7 days ago by Jared Torbet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome.
Published 7 days ago by Evan M. Zislis
5.0 out of 5 stars informative and inspiring
I heard Joshua speak on podcast From Start to Finish and was inspired to read his blog becomingminimalist, which led me to this book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Monique Deshay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Like the book. I am just getting into the mindset of simple living (minimalism) and soaking up all the information I can. Read more
Published 10 days ago by oawalden
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Short, & Straightforward
Simple, straightforward, & very impactful. It was a VERY quick read, and well worth it!
Published 16 days ago by Brittany S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
I like his writing style. Organized book. Great strategy. Easy peaceful read with practical application. Gonna get started on my life.
Published 16 days ago by Mary g
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More About the Author

Joshua Becker and his young family live in Peoria, AZ. In many ways, they are just your typical middle-class, suburban family--minus the dog and relentless pursuit of physical possessions.

After a conversation with their neighbor on Memorial Day 2008, Joshua and his family decided to pursue a more minimalist lifestyle. Consequently, they decided to remove their nonessential possessions. Eventually, over 70% of their belongings were sold, donated, or discarded. In exchange for owning less, they found a life of more freedom, more contentment, more generosity, and more opportunity to pursue the things that mattered most.

Joshua is the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. The website welcomes over 300,000 regular readers each month. The website has inspired millions around the world to consider the practical benefits of owning fewer possessions and given them the practical help to get started. His books have sold in the tens of thousands. And his writing has led to speaking opportunities all across America and media appearances in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post Live, and the CBS Evening News.

No doubt, you'll be inspired to approach life with a whole new mindset after meeting Joshua.

Media or Speaking Inquiries should be directed to Joshua at becomingminimalist [at] gmail.com.



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