“I’d rather have extra space and extra time than extra stuff.”- Francine Jay
For as long as I can remember, books have been a part of me. I can honestly say that there is never a day where I am not reading a book.
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As often as I can, I take a break from what I am doing and sit down with my book. Each night, after I climb into bed, I turn on the light and get in as many pages as I can before I inevitably fall asleep.
It’s no surprise that when I decided to embark on this simple living journey, I turned to reading for inspiration and information.
I read blogs, searched articles and checked books out from the library. Basically, I wanted to absorb as much knowledge as possible so I had some kind of direction. I wanted to see how and why others live a simple and minimalist life.
What I found, inspired me more than I could have imagined. More than I could have hoped for.
The remarkable authors behind the books I want to share with you not only reinforced that the changes I was going to make in my life were going to serve me well, but they also made me want to jump headfirst into this way of life.
I was so moved when I was done reading that first book that I brewed a cup of tea and decluttered my vanity.
Maybe you are just looking to make a change in your life. Maybe you have thought about starting to live a minimalist lifestyle but have no idea where to begin.
Or maybe, you are someone who has been living a more simple life for years but wants to continue to learn.
Wherever you are in this journey and in your life, these five books will change you. They will teach you so much about simple living.
Silence your cellphone, grab your favorite blanket and enjoy these reads!
The More Of Less by Joshua Becker
The founder of the inspiring website Becoming Minimalist, Joshua Becker is one of the most influential people in the world of minimalism. His message is all about having fewer possessions, embracing a minimalist lifestyle and living your life to the fullest.
Becker’s book, The More Of Less, delves deep into the idea of owning less to make room for the things that truly matter in life.
You will find practical applications in this book to help you begin to get out from underneath the stuff you own and declutter your space. This is an absolute must-read book!
Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
What does it mean to slow down? To live a slow life? If you have ever been interested in starting to live a slower life, then this book is for you. Seriously. It is calling to you.
Founder of Designer Of Mankind, Erin Loechner found herself in a life most dream of but wasn’t happy. She had everything but was still looking for more. She embarked on a journey to slowing down and re-prioritizing her life.
In Chasing Slow, you will read amazing words from Erin about removing the things in your life and clearing your calendar so you can breathe. This book is about finding peace. It is about saying “no” and minimizing your to-do list.
It is beautifully written. It is timeless. And it is nothing short of inspiring.
Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
After finding themselves depressed, living paycheck to paycheck and unfulfilled, Millburn and Nicodemus changed their life and turned to a minimalist lifestyle.
Authors of The Minimalists, these two men have found the way to a happy and full life. On their website, they tackle decluttering, living with less and focusing on the truly important parts of life. In their book, they will take you on the road to minimalism with them.
You will learn why they chose to live a minimalist life and how they achieved this. They will break down a few parts of your life and how to get the most out of life.
After you read through this book, check out their podcast to learn even more about minimalism.
The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Decluttering can be challenging. It can be hard to decide what to keep, what to get rid of and what is just taking up space.
If this is you, and you are craving more space and freedom from “things” in your home then you have to grab a copy of this book.
Founder of the KonMari Method for decluttering, Kondo is an extremely insightful and influential person. Her method has helped thousands around the world take back control of their home and keep only those things that bring you happiness.
This book will walk you through a step-by-process of organizing and decluttering. You will learn how to embrace the peaceful feeling of a “tidy” home and living space. The steps in this book are relatable and easy for anyone to do.
Down To Earth: A Guide To Simple Living by Rhonda Hetzel
Last but certainly not least is this wonderful read by author and founder of Down To Earth, Rhonda Hetzel.
Committed to living a frugal and simple life, Hetzel tackles all different parts of your life and how the everyday person can simplify their life. From growing and canning your own food to setting up your house to be a home, anyone can benefit from the topics discussed in this book.
One thing I have taken from this book and used in my own life is the idea of working to making your house the home you have always wanted. Spending your time at home, cooking, reclaiming your space and having your home be the center of your life is one thing I have wanted to do for years.
I learned so much from this inspiring book and I just know you will too!
Do you have a book that you have read that made an impact on your life? I would love to find new titles to read! Comment below!