3 Motivational Books About Becoming Minimalist

Updated: Jan 28, 2019

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There is a silly notion out there that there are rigid rules, guidelines, or defining measures one must adhere to in order to become a minimalist. Minimalist living is a lifestyle and, like any other lifestyle, it's important to find out what works best for you in order for it to become a sustainable way of life. While you can adopt, edit, and alter guidelines to suit your lifestyle needs, first you must try them out to see what sticks! In light of this, here are 3 motivational and inspiring books about becoming minimalist. Read and enjoy, then pick and chose what methods work best for you! 

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering & Organizing by Marie Kondo

This magical little book hit US stores in 2014 after three years of roaring success in Japan and Europe. It was an overnight hit, and it's back in full force with the release of the Netflix original series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo". If you haven't read the "Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" yet, then now is the perfect time! This book is always my go-to recommended reading for anyone interested in decluttering or becoming minimalist. It's thoughtful, well written, and most importantly it gives the reader a set of step-by-step actions to start the process of decluttering. Marie Kondo and her joy-sparking hands have inspired millions around the world.

"Most tidying methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go." -Marie Kondo

If you're interested in finding out more about Marie Kondo and her book, I suggest visiting her lovely blog and checking out what other readers have to say.

2. The Joy of Less by Francine Jay 

Francine Jay, also known as the blogger Miss Minimalist, self-published "The Joy of Less, a Minimalist Living Guide" in 2010. Slightly ahead of its time, the book was taken on by Chronicle Books publishing house in 2016 and received a design update + new content. Many readers absolutely balk at Marie Kondo's method of sorting by category because it is viewed as extremely time consuming and labor intensive. This book is a perfect how-to book on decluttering the traditional way - room by room. In addition to providing an action plan on tidying, Jay also includes day-to-day advice and shares her positive experiences with minimalism.

"I discovered that a great many people wanted to declutter their homes and simplify their lives—but for the most part, just didn’t know where to start. That’s why I wrote The Joy of Less. The book is part philosophy, part pep talk, part practical advice—basically, everything you need to know to purge the clutter from your life." - Francine Jay

Francine Jay has a very exciting update for 2019! She's releasing a new title - "Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene, & Stress-Fress Life" - on February 26.

3. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

There are a multiple ways to define minimalism. It can be thought of as owning less, an interior design aesthetic, the art and music movement of the 60's and 70's, or as a lifestyle movement. Greg McKeowns' book, "Essentialism", is about applying a minimalist mindset in day-to-day living. The book focuses on a thought philosophy that helps you to sort the unessential from the essential. While this book is more focused on the philosophy of less than literal decluttering, it successfully translates many minimalist concepts into an applicable approach to your daily perspective, planning, and decision making.

"The Way of the Essentialist involves doing less, but better, so you can make the highest possible contribution. Essentialism isn’t one more thing; it is a different way of doing everything. It is a discipline you apply constantly, effortlessly. Essentialism is a mindset; a way of life. It is an idea whose time has come." - Greg McKeown

You can see his motivational talks and find out more about the book on his website.

Today there is a TON of literature out there about the minimalist lifestyle movement and a lot of it is wonderful! My top 3 picks are for people who are new to minimalism and looking for a starting point point; an action plan for how to start decluttering and looking at life with fresh eyes.

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