I love to read about simple living and minimalism. Reading about other people’s stories always inspires me and motivates me to remain mindful and own less. Over the last few years, I’ve read a lot of blogs and books about decluttering and simplifying your life and in this post, I want to share the ones that are my absolute favourites. I have read all of them more than once.
If you’re looking to simplify your life and live more intentionally, these books on minimalism and simple living are the best place to begin.
“The Joy of Less” is a great book, if you’re just starting out.
Francine is the blogger over at Miss Minimalist, and in this book, she breaks down how to begin getting rid of these possessions little by little, with an easy-to-follow ten-step STREAMLINE approach.
I’ve been following Joshua Becker for a while – his blog ‘Becoming Minimalist’ has been one of the most inspiring sources of simplifying my life and pursue minimalism.
In his book ‘The more of less’ he shares his own story of having far too much stuff, realizing the stuff was holding him back from happiness in his life, and what specific changes he made to rectify his situation. He focuses on decluttering and purpose, and achieve a more meaningful life.
This book is great for all audiences – whether you’re very new to minimalism, or have been on this journey for a while – there’s a lot of stuff to discover.
Essentialism – is one of the books that will leave you with ‘WOW’ feeling.
This book is based on the pursuit of less, with a focus on ‘value’ and what is essential. In Essentialism, Greg McKeown, challenges the core assumption of ‘We can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’.
The pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.
This book is filled with awesome great insights from working with the leaders of well-known companies around the world, and how they have adopted the ‘essentialism’ approach in their companies and lives.
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life shares the story of best friends Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus who at age 30, walked away from their six-figure corporate careers, got rid of most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what’s truly important.
Their website The Minimalists has been and continues to be an enormous source of inspiration and knowledge for me when it comes to my own journey towards minimalism and simple living.
In this book, they share a lot of information and guidance on how to live a fulfilled life with less and focus on life’s most important’things’: health, relationships, passion and growth.
‘There’s happiness in having less. If you are anything like how I used to be – miserable, constantly comparing yourself with others, or just believing your life sucks – I think you should try saying goodbye to some of your things’
Fumio Sasaki lives in Tokyo in a tiny studio with a few basic possessions. A few years ago he realised that owning too much stuff was weighing him down – so he started to get rid of it.
In this book, Sasaki explores the philosophy behind minimalism and offers a set of straightforward rules – discard it if you haven’t used it in a year; be a borrower; find your uniform; keep photos of the things you love – that can help all of us lead simpler, happier, more fulfilled lives.
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