Do you consider yourself a beginner when it comes to minimalism and simple living? Or are you further along in your journey and looking for some fresh inspiration? Here are the 10 best books on minimalism and simple living for beginners and experienced declutterers alike. I know I got my start in this lifestyle from Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” truly was life-changing for me. (Don’t worry, it’s on the list!) Ever since then I’ve expanded decluttering my closet to decluttering my whole house, buying less, and living a simple but contented life.
But before I dive into the list I want to make a quick note. Since I talk about spending and buying less here I have to address how you are going to go about getting these books. I have linked all the books on Amazon for a quick buy. I know it’s the easiest way to get books these days! However, I’d also recommend checking your local library first, asking friends if they have the book you can borrow, or buying from a used site such as Thrift Books to keep your costs down. Another option is to buy “used” off of Amazon instead of brand new.
Many of these books I bought new myself because I knew I wanted to keep for a long time but wanted to offer another cost-saving solution!
Before then though, here are some other posts I think you will be interested in:
- Cleaning Caddy Essentials for Minimalists
- 6 Practical Ways to Live more Sustainably
- 10 Questions to Ask Before Making a New Purchase
Now, let’s get to it.
The 10 Best Books on Minimalism & Simple Living
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1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Of course, I had to start with this one. It’s one of the most popular decluttering books on the market and for good reason. She will not only change your mindset about having “stuff” lying around but offers the most practical tips to get rid of it and love the stuff you own.
2. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
I have to admit I liked the Life-Changing Magic a little better but this book will better help you focus on WHAT brings you joy and how to create more of it in your home. It also breaks down (with illustrations!) how to fold your clothes, etc for a more visually appealing home as well.
3. The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
Joshua Becker is arguably one of the most well-known “minimalists”, especially on social media. (Really, go follow him for daily inspiration) His book, the Minimalist Home will show you how to methodically turn your home into a place of peace, contentment, and purposeful living. Consider it your starter book into minimalism and the push you need to keep going.
4. Clutter-Free with Kids by Joshua Becker
I’m currently reading this book so I’ll have to come back and do an update. As we add another little girl to our family this November I’m looking for ways to further keep the clutter down (especially toy and kid clutter) while not depriving my children. haha. I’m very much looking forward to his tips on how to do this. And now more books on minimalism…
5. A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
I’ve not only kept this book because it’s so darn practical, but because it looks so pretty sitting on my bookshelf too! That’s a true minimalist’s dream right there. Her book is all about simplifying daily life, specifically, how to declutter, establish tools that allow you to get more done in less time (with less stress), and create routines that flow naturally instead of competing with each other. It’s a must-read, especially for my fellow moms!
6. Grace Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley
I added this book because I think it can be easy to start thinking we need to be “perfect” minimalists or simple living enthusiasts when that’ll never be the case. This book will show you how to hold yourself and others to a more life-giving standard! (While also simplifying along the way). Doesn’t that sound simply wonderful? (PS: It’s also a beautiful book that I love to look at on my bookshelf.)
7. Declutter Like a Mother by Allie Casazza
I had to include one specifically for moms because it can feel like we’re in an uphill battle with “family stuff.” It’s all about purposeful mothering and creating space for what matters most. I love that theme and I know many other moms will relate! For a similar viewpoint, check out When Mom Goes Minimalist.
8. The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a book that addressed our lifestyle instead of just clutter in our homes. According to the book description,” Too often we treat the symptoms of toxicity in our modern world instead of trying to pinpoint the cause. A growing number of voices are pointing at hurry, or busyness as a root of much evil. Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a compelling emotional and spiritual case against hurry and in favor of a slower, simpler way of life.”
9. Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home
I also need to recommend a book strictly focused on simple living and this is such a great guide! It includes rituals, recipes, and projects for living simply and sustainably at home. She shows you how to eliminate waste in your kitchen, bathroom, garden, etc. I consider myself a “sustainability” novice but every week trying to learn more and know I will be relying on this book.
10. Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist’s Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round by MyQuillyn Smith
I’ve been holding out on reading this book until the fall when I really want to get all cozy in my home. A lot of people are turned off by minimalism because they don’t like bare white walls and boring spaces. And I don’t blame them. I love wallpaper and coloring myself. So I’m excited to read how to create beautiful spaces to live and host in while also keeping the clutter at bay.
Lastly, don’t forget to grab my guide “Minimalism for Beginners” if you’re ready to create and maintain a clutter-free home for good!
Amber Myers says
I should read these. I have too many things. But I love my things. So I’m not sure if I could give them up.
Thanks for the suggestions. I have read a few of these but there are some I hadn’t heard of. I will definitely check them out.
Monica Simpson says
I have only heard of the books by Marie Kondo. I need to check out some of the others! I’ve been trying to become more minimalistic. I love getting rid of stuff and making space in my house.
Since I found minimalism, my home is more welcoming and I’m more at peace in my own home. I’m grabbing a copy of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, because I haven’t yet mastered a slower, simpler way of life beyond my possessions.
It brings me a lot of peace too!
Kaybee Lives says
These are great tips on books for getting started with minimalism! I added several to my list to read!