Want to simplify your life? Here are the best books on minimalism around. Start with these books to help declutter your books and your life. Get ready to live a more simple life filled with books.
A little over two years ago, I realized I was placing a lot of my personal value on the things I owned. I wanted the latest and greatest of everything, from clothes to electronics. It was constant and it was a problem. I knew I needed a change but I didn’t know how.
It got was so bad that whenever I went to a store (Target, mostly) I came back with something that I thought I needed in my house. I was on a never-ending journey to decorate my house.
One day, I randomly came across a YouTube video about minimalism. I thought it sounded pretty interesting and decided to try it out. I didn’t know if it would work but I knew I had to change my spending habits.
Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I nearly gutted my house. It was so freeing!
I have a big walk-in closet and only 1/3 of it is utilized. If you looked in my closet, you’d think I just moved in. At first my husband wasn’t a fan of how empty my closet looked because he felt like it was a reflection of him as a husband. He knew how much I loved clothes, shoes, handbags, etc. but understood my need to go through the process of wanting to change for the better.
Now, my house has everything we need without the mess and clutter. Not to mention, my bank account has appreciated my lack of spending.
Now when I go to the store, I ask myself, “Do you need this or do I want it?” If it’s a need, I get it and if it’s a want, I leave it.
Let me tell you, I am so much happier. When I decided to become a minimalist, I had no idea that I would become a happier and better version of myself.
I did leave my guilty pleasures – one a month facial, 2-3 weeks eyelash extensions and manicures, date nights with the hubby, and of course, books I’m not an animal 🙂
I’ve listed the best books on minimalism I’ve read. I hope you find at least one that may make a positive difference in your life like it has mine.
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Best Books on Minimalism
The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi
I found The Lazy Genius Way to be absolute genius. It’s filled with thoughtful advice mixed with humor. The principles help you decide what is important in your life and what is not. This book is filled with productive and meaningful ways that help you let go or find shortcuts for things that matter most. Read More→
The Joy of Missing Out by Tanya Dalton
This book is a treasure trove of compelling insights, fascinating data, and transformative, actionable strategies and exercises. In addition, there is so much value added in the free downloadable JOMO Discussion Guide and companion email series to accompany you through each chapter of the book with carefully curated resources including podcasts, videos, and worksheets created by Tonya for additional opportunities to dig deep. Read More→
Minimal: How to Simplify Your Life and Live Sustainably by Madeleine Olivia
An absolutely brilliant book for anyone wanting to get into minimalism filled with great ideas and fabulous solutions to reduce your everyday use of plastic I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. This book is good for beginner minimalist. I did find value in the book for its good tips on ways to know what you use and what you can get rid of (such as the hanger trick or packing things in boxes). Read More→
The Upside of Downsizing by Sara B. Hart
This book was both practical in its advice, helpful in terms of coming to a place of motivation to edit one’s belongings, and an honest and applicable journal of the emotional, psychological process of downsizing. Definitely one of the best books on minimalism. It talks to the wider experience of downsizing one’s life and space to make room in both for new priorities. I recommend it, especially for middle-agers. Read More→
The More of Less by Joshua Becker
I love minimalism, but using it as a tool to increase our love and care for others that Joshua Becker is always talking about in his book, completely stole my heart and changed my perspective on life. Because of this book, I see the world differently. How much can I give over my lifetime? What else is a possibility? Giving is the best feeling in the world, so much better than mindless consumption. Read More→
Minimalism: How to Simplify and Declutter Your Life With Minimalist Habits by Ben Smith
What I liked most about this book is that is on Kindle Unlimited, so I didn’t have to spend any of my coins on it. It is the perfect adjunct to larger books on minimalism. It’s clear, concise, and simple. There are topics that are perfect for those beginning their minimalist lifestyle. I believe it is one of the best books on minimalism you can find. Read More→
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
I adore this book. I first heard about this method on message boards online. Everyone was talking about it. At first, I started going through some of the advice from her book second-hand, but eventually, I got caught up enough in a decluttering whirlwind that I decided to buy the book (ebook format of course!). I’m really glad I did! It’s a very fast read and does tend to repeat itself at times (I think there may be some awkwardness from translation) but well worth the read through. Read More→
Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life by Peter Walsh
I think this book has some good ideas for evaluating nonessentials to create an environment that promotes positive emotions and for that, I’m glad I read it. I would recommend Walsh’s book for further information on evaluating potential “joy sparkers,” and some good ideas for families having to downsize together, but for a person standing in the middle of a big cluttered house, I am not sure they would even know how to take the first step if they just had this book. Read More→
The Home Edit Life by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin
I had watched these ladies on TV. This book has been helpful as I downsized and reorganized my home. Their rainbow system is easy and beautiful. This book totally captures that style. The pictures are beautiful enough to be a coffee table book. Great book. Very organized, fun to read, and pretty to look at. I’m so glad I bought this book and I highly recommend it! Read More→
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
This was a very good read. I’m walking away from reading this inspired to make real change in my life happen, which is something I can say of very few books. Essentialism is intriguing, but the possibilities it brings are exciting. I would definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone in a high-stress job, anyone who feels overwhelmed, and anyone who has perfectionist or do-it-all tendencies. Read More→
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The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
Joshua Becker has it figured out; he never comes across as abrasive or preachy. He acknowledges his own obstacles and shares the gains he has had in his life (and the way his family benefited as well) with transparency. One of the best part of learning from him is that Joshua acknowledges a key factor about modern minimalism – not everyone is the same, and that all levels of minimalist practice have value! Many of those who push this lifestyle have strict ideas of how it should look aesthetically and in practice. Instead, Joshua shows you how to make this work for you as an individual. Read More→
Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
This is a must-read for anyone. The idea that these guys have is a great way to live a simple happy life. Even if you don’t want to be a minimalist, this book gives you great ways to incorporate some of these practices in your everyday life. I did the challenge and I honestly felt very relieved because I didn’t have to worry so much about the unimportant things and focus more on a positive atmosphere. Read More→