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The More of Less: Finding the life you want under everything you own

During this highly acquisitive time as too many people frantically shop for the holidays, buying gifts that are not really wanted or needed… Joshua Becker’s book The More of Less extolls the value of paring down one’s possessions to simplify life and reduce debt. As quoted from the book’s website http://www.themoreofless.com/: “Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the burden of our clutter. We tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. Our toy rooms are messy, our drawers won’t close, our closets are filled, and we can’t fit our cars in our garages. The evidence of clutter is all around us.
Meanwhile, this constant accumulation of stuff slowly begins robbing us of life. It redirects our given passions. It steals our greatest potential. It consumes our limited resources. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living.
Live a better life with less. 
It’s time to own your possessions instead of letting them own you. After all, the beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away. It’s in what it gives.”
Of course you can buy the book for yourself or a loved one or listen to the eaudiobook through many libraries. We can all benefit by reducing clutter and Joshua gives lots of strategies and reasons for doing so.
Since this is the height of the holiday shopping season when so many unwanted, useless, redundant gifts are purchased, it’s the perfect time to turn off the TV (an advertising conveyance mechanism) and read/listen to this book. For years we’ve been following one of Becker’s gift recommendations: giving donations to charity in the name of the recipient rather than buying more stuff and asking our families to donate to our favorite charities instead of giving us more stuff.
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Source: Financial Planning for Women