Clutterfree with Kids: Change your thinking. Discover new habits. Free your home (Anglais) Broché – 18 janvier 2014
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Although he emphasizes the inspiration of minimalism over how to practice it, there are literally hundreds of action-oriented tips to live a more intentional life (with or without with kids). And each insight is backed up by experience, faith, research, science, or some combination of the four.
I particularly enjoyed the real-world stories of parents like me who struggle to balance presenting their kids with opportunities and boundaries. The only (small) issue I have with the book is that it gets a little repetitive in some places. But I can easily overlook that since acting on the book’s principles means having a child comfortable with whatever they possess, confident enough to be themselves, and grateful to be by themselves.
If you read Clutterfree with Kids – and I think you should – there’s a good chance that passages from it will end up on your fridge, bulletin boards, computers, or even proudly displayed in your child’s room.
First of all, this is NOT a book about organizing your child's toys. You will not find practical tips on how to set up your child's room or playroom. Instead you will find an inspiring case for the minimalist lifestyle. Joshua dispels the common myths associated with minimalism and instead lays out compelling reasons why living with less is attractive and freeing.
The book is organized into three sections: Change your thinking, discover new habits and free your lifestyle.
In the first section, Change Your Thinking, you will see the case for minimalism and all the benefits that result from this lifestyle. Joshua offers practical steps for implementing change and getting your family on board. I especially appreciated the chapter about including your children in the process.
The second section, Discover New Habits, goes through specific areas where clutter is a problem (toys, clothes, artwork, sentimental items, collections, screens, photos, gifts, packing, schedules and preparing for baby). Each chapter begins with a story of change - a personal account and testimony that relates to the subject at hand. Next Joshua challenges the reader to change your thinking about the subject by putting the subject in a new light. Next we are encouraged to discover new habits. This is full of practical advice about decluttering and getting rid of the excess. Finally, each chapter ends with Free Your Home - a series of questions to keep you thinking and really analyze your situation.
The final section of the book, Free Your Life, takes it all one step further. In this section Joshua discusses things like parenting, being an example to the rest of your family and keeping momentum.
I am so thankful Joshua wrote this book. His experience and his expertise are so well expressed in an encouraging way. I feel like I've done well as a parent when it comes to clutter and helping my family find value in experiences rather than stuff, yet I walked away from this book with even more ideas and inspiration. This book is full and rich with ideas.
I really appreciated the messages Joshua repeated over and over. Watch less tv, model simplicity, change your thinking, be intentional and gratitude, gratitude, gratitude! Joshua has challenged me to re-evaluate what I treasure by evaluating how I fill my living space and life.
Ultimately, I desired more practical advice which this book was sorely lacking. I do strongly recommend Peter Walsh's book, "It's all too much" which I found practical filled with great advice much of which I have implemented.
Early on in the book, Joshua talks about minimalism: “Modern society has bought into the lie that the good life is found in accumulating things.” He quickly ties it into a clutterfree life, explaining, “It is better to own less than to organize more.” As a person who preaches being organized, I couldn’t agree more!
In addition to my own hyper-organized ways, I'm also the dad of three college-age kids, so I’ve been there and done that. Reading this book from that perspective allows me to see how full this book is with timeless principles, and practical, useful lessons for parents. Many of the suggestions are things we did with our kids, which goes a long way towards explaining why our kids are so well-adjusted.
The wonderful ideas in this book come not just from Joshua, but also from other who have provided their stories--real-life examples of how they live lives of less stress and more happiness by being more organized with their children’s clothing, artwork, toys, and more. A great book.
- David J. Singer, author of Six Simple Rules for a Better Life