Review: The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

minimalTitle: The Minimalist Home: A Room-By-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life
Author: Joshua Becker
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
Pages: 240
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Date Started: October 13, 2018
Date Finished: October 22, 2018
Format: Kindle

*I would like to thank the publisher, author, and NetGalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Anyone who has been in my house knows I am not the neatest person, and I have way too much stuff for my space. I am not the only one with this problem, as this is quite common in our materialistic and consumeristic society. Becker is the founder of the Becker method of minimalization, which focuses on letting go of possessions that don’t bring purpose to our lives.

Becker presents a step-by-step process to minimize your own home, one room at a time. He builds from the easiest rooms to work with and see a difference in (living room) up to the most difficult (the garage). What struck me about the material is that while everything was fairly common sense, the encouragement and motivation that is instilled through the writing style put me in a mindset I have never been in while considering cleaning my house.

This book was so effective in its purpose that I have begun the process of minimizing my own home. The directions in this book were extremely clear and made me really re-evaluate what I need in my life. I look forward to seeing what this method can do for my life.

Overall, 3/5 moose

3 moose


  1. The Becker Method sounds a lot like the Mari Kondo Method, just re-packaged. What if anything stood out as a good innovation?


    • I think there are a few big differences. The Kondo method, for example declutters by category, whereas the Becker method by location. It also seems Kondo is about what you keep, but Becker was more about what you can get rid of. In theory I love Kondo’s method much more, but it never quite gave me the right push. It made me happy, and my shirts were folded nicely for a while, but I always ended up keeping too much. I hope that makes sense?


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