The best books on minimalism 📚

Browse the best books on minimalism as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life

Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life

By Zoë Kim

Why this book?

Maybe you’ve heard of minimalism. It’s a way of life that helps you shed all the stuff you don’t need in your life so you can focus on the people, activities, and priorities that bring you joy. But is it possible to be a minimalist with children at home? Absolutely! Zoë Kim shows you how in this relatable and easy-to-read guide to getting the whole family on board with minimalism. You’ll learn how to pare back your commitments, declutter your home, and take a more intentional approach to family life. From cleaning out the first drawer to developing lifelong minimalist…

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Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Why this book?

The objective of a minimalist, anti-materialist, simple life is to open ourselves up to whatever “something greater” the universe has in store for us. Drawing on rigorous science and historical evidence, Alex Pang helps us understand how the act of slowing down helps bring us closer to that something greater. As a farm kid, I was raised in a culture that embraced overwork and shunned slowing down. So learning to have a simpler life meant I had to buck that culture and develop an understanding of how rest benefited my brain and well-being. 

This book helped me move my business…

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The best books on minimalism, materialism, & getting by with less (so you can enjoy life more)

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Book cover of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

By Cal Newport

Why this book?

If you worry that you are spending too much time on your phone and finding that it’s getting in the way of your life, you might find this book just the right push to get some distance from your devices. Cal Newport gives loads of practical advice on how to make your phone work for you, and not the other way around. This book encouraged me to delete a whole load of distracting apps that I was sinking hours into without realising. If you want/need to be more focused at work and have fewer things fighting for your attention then…

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The best books on overcoming procrastination

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House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories

By Yasunari Kawabata

Why this book?

Novellas are a perfect place to start for poets who are interested in writing longer, more narrative work. They’re slim, lyrical, and less daunting. I read this novella in college & haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It takes place in what I can only refer to as a “Sleeping Brothel” where elderly men pay to sleep beside young women. The story is haunting, but it doesn’t take cheap horror shots. Instead, it delves into the complexity of loneliness, the shared vulnerability of sleep, and the human need for comfort.

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The best books for poets who want to write fiction

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Book cover of Everything in Its Place: The Power of Mise-En-Place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind

Everything in Its Place: The Power of Mise-En-Place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind

By Dan Charnas

Why this book?

Very few of us are going on a quest for a minimalist existence only to do nothing. We will continue to contribute our gifts to the world. The question then becomes, how do we contribute without falling victim to the chaos and stress once more? That’s where Charnas’ book comes into play. As a chef, I have to do this all the time. I walk into my cafe and must be able to meet the many and myriad demands of hungry customers with order and presence of mind without crumbling under the pressures. Then I need to walk away, back…

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The best books on minimalism, materialism, & getting by with less (so you can enjoy life more)

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Book cover of The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify

By Francine Jay

Why this book?

This was the very first book I read after being introduced to the idea of minimalism and it got me off my couch and decluttering my cabinets pronto! Jay breaks down decluttering with her simple streamline method, and since I had no methods of my own at the time, I happily borrowed hers. One of the best tips I learned from this book was to empty spaces that you want to declutter. I’d never done that before and now this is something I ask all my clients to do. I’m so grateful to Francine Jay for getting me started on…

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The best books on minimalism and simplicity for working moms

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