Children add joy, purpose, and meaning to our lives. They provide optimism, hope, and love. They bring smiles, laughter, and energy into our homes.
They also add clutter. As parents, balancing life and managing clutter may appear impossible—or at the very least, never-ending. But what if there was a better way to live?
Clutterfree with Kids offers a new perspective and fresh approach to overcoming clutter. With helpful insights, the book serves as a valuable resource for parents.
Through practical application and inspirational stories, Clutterfree with Kids invites us to change our thinking, discover new habits, and free our homes. It invites us to reevaluate our lives. And it just may inspire you to live the life you’ve been searching for all along.
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I've been following the "Becoming Minimalist" blog for a while now, after reaching my breaking point with all of the STUFF our family of five had accumulated and the constant battle against "toy creep" and clutter. Josh Becker has a simple, straightforward, and compelling writing style that gives you the information and motivation you need to make a change without beating you over the head with guilt or super-strict philosophy. Section 1 is a great place to start if you're new to all this, just searching for books about organizing and de-cluttering with kids in the house. It's a nice overview of Becker's "rational minimalism" philosophy and what led him to it. Fans of the blog (as I am) will notice some familiar material making an appearance here but the flow is seamless and it's such a good lead-in to the practical sections that I didn't mind. For those who are coming upon the ideas for the first time it really helps get your mind in the right place to "not just de-clutter: de-own." Section 2 is the goldmine. Chapters on 11 common sources of clutter (and thus frustration!) for families with kids, including: Toys, Clothes, [Children's] Artwork, Gifts, etc. Each chapter begins with an inspirational "Story of Change" of someone who dealt with this particular area and the benefits they reaped. Then a section on how to "Change Your Thinking" to get in the right frame of mind to follow-through on this area, followed by a practical section to "Discover New Habits" enumerating the discrete steps you can take to deal with a particular kind of clutter. Finally, a "Free Your Home" section of mental reflection to set you on the path to implementing the tips from that chapter. The sections on clothes, toys, and gifts especially spoke to me, as these are areas we have struggled with for years. I look forward to putting some of the techniques he suggests into practice. I really appreciate how he breaks it down into manageable, realistic steps to begin with and only builds up to the emotionally or logistically complicated projects. For those feeling overwhelmed, he suggests you start small--a single drawer, a small area in your home--and use the success in these easier undertakings to motivate you to the bigger rooms and projects. Fans of Dave Ramsey will recognize this "snowball" effect. Section 3 deals with some complications and obstacles you may face on the journey (and it IS a journey, not a sprint!) such as keeping momentum and dealing with a reluctant partner, among others. More inspiration and positive thinking here, which is definitely helpful in the face of such a counter-cultural undertaking as REDUCING the amount of things that we buy and keep in our home, as opposed to increasing it as the prevailing, consumerist message tells us to do. This book is well fleshed out at almost 200 pages yet still a light, easy read. I felt like he handled each topic thoroughly without bloating the chapters, which actually ties quite nicely in with his overall principles. Bottom line: if you're tired of feeling like you can never stay ahead of the mess in your house--and the only time it really feels clean is when company's coming and they'd better not open the closets or fear for their lives!--I highly recommend this book.
This is a must-read for all parents!! Joshua Becker, author of this book and others about minimalism and BecomingMinimalist.com has written such a fabulous, easy-to-read book filled with wisdom and encouragement and strategy for having kids and still living without clutter. The book is full of truths we need to teach our kids (and ourselves) about too many toys, over scheduling, understanding advertising, resisting envy, not comparing ourselves with others, etc., etc. If you think minimalism is a "bad" word, Joshua shows us all how beautiful life is and should be by having less stuff. Can't say enough good about this book. Get it quickly. especially if you have kids, and read it to find out how simple and wonderful life can really be!!