When I first started learning about simple living and minimalism I devoured books and articles on the web on the subject. I knew I liked to be organized but what I didn’t know was that my life could actually be easier by living a simpler and more minimal lifestyle. I read both long and short books and was able to glean new information from most of the books I read.
When I began my simple living journey I had no idea what books to read. I ended up buying (read: spending money on…ouch) and reading books that were just not that helpful. I hope that by sharing my favorites below you at least have a place to start. This list is not by any means comprehensive of all the books out there on simple living and minimalism. This list merely includes some of the books that I have actually read and enjoyed. I hope you are able to find some new books on this list!
by: Joshua Becker
From Amazon: Simplify is a celebration of living more by owning less. Written by Joshua Becker, who inspires hundreds of thousands of people on his personal blog, this is a book that calls for the end of living lives seeking and accumulating more and more possessions by highlighting the enjoyment of living with less.
by: The Minimalists
From Amazon: In their debut book, Joshua & Ryan, authors of the popular website TheMinimalists.com, explore their troubled pasts and descent into depression…After a pair of life-changing events, Joshua & Ryan discovered minimalism, allowing them to eliminate their excess material things so they could focus on life’s most important “things”: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
By: Myquillin Smith
From Amazon: Perfection is overrated.
Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about embracing reality―especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life.
By: Rachel Jones
From Amazon: Discover how to simplify the every area of holiday prep and planning so you can cut back on all the time and energy spent on shopping, wrapping, giving and receiving gifts. You’ll be able to write out a game plan, get your gifts prepared and sitting under the tree, so you can spend the days leading up to the holidays with people you love.
By: Shauna Niequist
From Amazon: Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be.
By: Becky Mansfield
From Amazon: This book is filled with tips for how to declutter and organize each room and area in your home (bathrooms, bedrooms, garage, pantry, kitchen, cabinets, drawers… even how to keep your papers and mail from taking over your countertops, etc…)
By: Emily Ley
From Amazon: Have you been told you can have it all, only to end up exhausted and occasionally out of sorts with the people you love? … Learn to live a little more simply. Hold yourself and those you love to a more life-giving standard in Grace Not Perfection,and allow that grace to seep into your days, your family, and your heart.
By: Pia Edberg
From Amazon: This book will inspire you to slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments! Learn about the Danish cultural phenomenon of Hygge, and the secret to why Denmark is consistently rated the happiest country in the world. Embrace the little things and take simplicity and minimalism up a notch.
By: Joshua Becker
From Amazon: The More of Less delivers an empowering plan for living more by owning less. With practical suggestions and encouragement to personalize your own minimalist style, Joshua Becker shows you why minimizing possessions is the best way to maximize life.
By: Melissa Camara Wilkins
From the product page: It starts as soon as you wake up, some days: the mental chatter, the never-ending to-do list to keep track of, the digital distractions. The comparisons, the fears and frustrations, the little voice whispering that you need to keep up.
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For Even More ebooks on Simplicity and Minimalism
There is another resource out there that I highly recommend. I have purchased this resource myself and a couple of the books above are included. The resource I am talking about is the “Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle” from the Ultimate Bundles team.
The team has pulled together 18 ebooks, 5 e-courses, and 15 planners to help you tame the physical and mental clutter in your life. The items I recommend the most from the bundle include:
- Mindspace: 10 Practices To Help You Let Go Of Mental Clutter And Make Room For More Joyful, Creative Living (listed above)
- Freed From Clutter e-course (ebook listed above)
- Step-By-Step Decluttering: Your Guide to Less Stuff and an Uncluttered Home
What are your favorite books on simple living and minimalism?
There are many more books out there and I am always adding to my TBR list. As I come across any that I love I will be sure to share with you! Right now I know I want to read Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul by Ruth Soukup, Everything That Remains: a Memoir by The Minimalists, and Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner.
Ok, your turn – what are your favorites??
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