7 Books You Must Read about Minimalism
There’s just something relaxing about taking time off just to read a book. You end up amassing more knowledge and at the same time unwind after a particularly stressful day. If you’re looking to become a minimalist or are already one, what better books to read than those of minimalism? After all, minimalism is beneficial in more ways than one, but most importantly, it leads to a decluttered house. According to WebMD if your house is in a cluttered state, there is a chance that your brain is in the same state too.
If you enjoy reading then here are 7 books to read to become a minimalist!
1. The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
Francine jay has been featured on renowned channels and publications including BBC, NBC Today, CNN, Forbes, Huffington Post, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Irish Times, Spiegel, and Chicago Tribune. This only goes to show her credibility and why this book is a great read. She beautifully streamlines and intertwines refreshing and relatable minimalist methods coupled with inspirational talks. Speaking from personal experience, Francine Jay talks about simple living, particularly how one can cultivate lifelong habits in regards to minimalism. If you are looking to declutter, you will enjoy her organization guides of a room by room.
2. Essential Essays by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
Some may say that this is the ultimate book on minimalism. It is like the cornerstone of minimalism and any minimalist would benefit greatly from this book. This book basically talks about living a fulfilling and meaningful life with minimal material stuff. It is like a map for any minimalist looking to seek freedom from societal culture and norms about material possessions. Essential essays practically cover everything from finances, decluttering, health and relationships, etc. The best part about it is that it is satirical and funny as it is practical.
3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo is a cleaning consultant that was maned as one of the top 100 most influential people by Times Magazine in 2015. This book contained simplified strategies for organizing and decluttering a home. These strategies are of a long-term nature and will leave not only your home decluttered but also your mind. Through this book, you will be able to truly decipher which items add joy to your life and which ones to get rid of.
4. Simple Matters by Erin Boyle
Erin Boyle manages to philosophically speak into the minimalist lifestyle not only through her blog but also through this book. She has a sensible approach to minimalism that makes use of simple matters to foster inspiration on life’s truest treasures. If you are looking for a book on simple living then you’d definitely enjoy this one.
5. Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
Zero Waste Home is not only economical and minimalistic, but it also promotes environmental protection. It features Bea Johnson’s story of how she managed to significantly reduce her family’s waste and reduce their spending. It also has a step by step guide on how you can achieve a no-waste lifestyle.
6. The More of Less by Joshua Becker
This book helps you find joy in living the ultimate lifestyle without all the material possessions. It helps you understand that the more materials you own, the more you’ll have to clean, manage and organize. Joshua Becker takes a somewhat spiritual approach by letting you know that no matter how much you own, in the end, what matters is life itself.
7. Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki
This is the story of Fumio Nagasaki who, though not a minimalist expert, managed to change his life for the better. One day he decided to reduce his possessions only what he required and the results were amazing. Through Goodbye Things, you learn to measure your life not by the possessions but by the quality of its experiences.
Are you looking to become a minimalist?
The above 7 books would be a great place to start. Each book has a unique set of lessons it has to offer towards living a minimalistic life. You haven’t truly learned the ins and outs of minimalism until you have read the above books and implemented the strategies they have to offer, it can be a stressful transition to this lifestyle when starting but ultimately is stress-free from there.