resources

I’ve scoured the web for minimalist blogs, articles, and books. Below are my favorite sources of inspiration.

Blogs

Becoming Minimalist: Joshua Becker lives in the suburbs with his wife and children. He is the author of Clutterfree with Kids, a book with helpful advice on how to adopt minimalist principles even with children. His advice is typically quite sound and his articles are well-written.

The Blog of James Clear: James Clear’s writing is easy to read and full of insights. His flagship article to me is his suggestion to implement intermittent fasting into my routine which has been very effective at helping me shed body fat while still retaining muscle. His blog is chock full of inspirational ideas and stories.

Live Simply by Annie: Annie is probably my favorite female blogger, and her story about becoming her mother’s caregiver is a powerful one. Annie talks at length about decluttering, smart design, and organization, and starts every week with a thoughtful piece called “Monday Meditation” that reminds us how to live intentionally. Annie has an incredible way of words that makes it seem like she is right there coaching you.

Snarky Nomad: Eytan is a backpacker who regularly reviews products that enable travelers to pack lighter and more efficiently. If you’re looking to become an ultralight traveler, his blog is a great place to start.

Minimalist Baker: Dana and John are a wife-husband team based out of Portland, OR. Their food blog is my go-to for simple, delicious, and healthy recipes. All their recipes require 30 minutes or less, 1 bowl, or 10 or fewer ingredients to prepare. Many of them are also vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free!

The Minimalists: The Minimalists is written by two men who left their 6-figure corporate jobs, got rid of almost all their possessions, and moved to a small house in Montana. There is plenty of inspiration to be found on their site. Perhaps their story is not relatable to most, but that does not diminish the value of their advice.

Books

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life: Francine Jay is the author of the blog Miss Minimalist, which I don’t follow anymore because most of her posts are written by “Real Life Minimalists” which are reader submissions about stories of decluttering and adopting a minimalist lifestyle. Her book is what I would describe as a decluttering plan-of-attack. If you want to begin decluttering your home but don’t know how to start, this book will help you. This is the book I used and read every day within my first few months of decluttering.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing: This is the holy grail decluttering book, and if you have not heard of Marie Kondo, now is the time. Marie brings a sort of “zen” to the whole decluttering process, and gently reminds you that decluttering and organizing will only bring peace to your life. The act of decluttering need not be a stressful process – especially under Marie Kondo’s instruction.