How to live a decluttered, refocused life; An interview with Joshua Becker

Joined in studio today by Joshua Becker, writer, publisher, instructor, and author of The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life. You can learn more about Joshua at Becoming Minimalist.

Joshua Becker

Notes + Discussion Guide from our conversation with Joshua Becker:

  1. Joshua leads off by offering his definition of minimalism: the intentional promotion of the things we most value by removing anything that distracts us from it.
  2. The goal is to own less stuff not just to own less stuff, but to free up space and remove distraction to enable one to focus on the things that matter.
  3. “Minimalism will look different from one person to another.”
  4. “Minimalism spurs intentionality in life.”
  5. What’s the actual problem here? What societal and cultural phenomena are causing cluttered homes and lives?
  6. With cluttered lives, we aren’t saving money, life has finite resources, and we are wasting them. We are also more tired, stressed, and harried than we’ve ever been before.
  7. The home should be a sanctuary, it should be a place that grounds you, feels safe, where you can rest, and serve others. What is the purpose of home in the first place?
  8. But it should also be a launching pad to go out into the world and live our best lives, be our best self…
  9. There is often a lack of alignment between our possessions and our perceived life purpose.
  10. “We often have a fantasy version of ourselves that spurs collecting stuff we don’t really want…”
  11. “We hold on to things from a previous season of life…which often leads to missing out on the CURRENT season of life.”
  12. “Just because something cost you money in the past, doesn’t mean it has to cost you space and mental clutter going forward. Let it go and learn from it.”
  13. Our clutter can ultimately become a blessing to others who need it.
  14. Joshua talks about the 18 unique spaces of the home that the book covers…
  15. We discuss the accumulation of paper. If any documentation can be found online, you don’t need to keep it at home.
  16. The unhealthy motivation of buying things to impress others.
  17. The home as a place for hospitality, fellowship, breaking bread, and serving others.
  18. You should want to motivate people towards generosity, not envy.
  19. A minimalist home should become the foundation to live a bigger purpose, not a repository to be a holder of the most stuff…

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