My “simplify life” journey has been guided by books, YouTube channels, podcasts and Pinterest… where do you find inspiration to downsize? Please share – I’m always up for new inspiration!! 🙂

Here are five books that have had the biggest impact on my efforts to simplify our lifestyle. If you decide to pick up a book or two, please use my affiliate links on this post! It costs you nothing extra and helps keep the lights on for this blog.

Present Over Perfect, Shauna Niequist

Shauna’s story isn’t one of minimalism, necessarily. Her journey is one of overcoming mental clutter, calendar clutter, and the other baggage that came with the lifestyle she’d been living. Simplifying her aspirations, focusing on where her time was best spent, was an inspiring process to get to tune in to. Overall, the message is that perfection is not what it’s all about. I enjoyed the Audible version of this book!


The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown

This is another book that’s not about decluttering or minimalism specifically. However, it’s one that has helped me so much in the personal work of conquering my own expectations. Brene’s real, down to earth writing is so relatable. She convinces you from the first chapter that you’re not alone in your imperfections… and embracing the perfectly imperfect is such a gift. Accepting this truth eliminates so much mental clutter. This is another book I thoroughly enjoyed on Audible. Highly recommend it – it’s one that I keep “downloaded” all the time, just in case I need a pick-me-up.


Spark Joy, Marie Kondo

You knew it was coming – a Konmarie plug!! The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie’s first book, is a more in-depth look at the Konmarie method of maintaining a minimalist lifestyle. Spark Joy, however, is what I’d recommend between the two as it’s more of a guide, or a course even, on simplifying possessions and how that brings true joy. She lays things out by category and gives you step by step instructions on how to work through them. I love being able to pop open this perfectly-sized-hardback to the section most pertinent to my current project. Worth keeping on your shelf, for sure.


7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, Jen Hatmaker

7 is actually the book that started my simplification journey. Jen Hatmaker is a Christian author and this book definitely takes a Christian perspective of minimalism. Jen shares candidly their family’s seven-month project of elimination in seven different areas. Throughout she shares how becoming a better steward has allowed her family to grow closer and to serve God more fully. I can not recommend this read enough… it’s well-written and enjoyable to snuggle up with on a cozy fall day! (I’ve read it each September since purchasing in 2015!)


Simplify (Kindle Edition), Joshua Becker

Lastly, a Kindle Edition for you… I’ll quickly say that I love the idea of digital books. Their lack of bookshelf-footprint is very appealing. I’ve just never been able to really get into reading from a screen. This e-book by Joshua Becker, however, is well worth the download and read. He focuses on seven principles of simplification, all of which will ring true to you! It’s a quick read that will inspire big action so you can simplify life, starting now! Then, you’ll want to grab his other books, too, like Clutterfree with Kids (next on my list).


Ready to simplify life?!

Try listening to audio books on Audible while you work on decluttering projects. Learn while you purge… it’s the best. Speaking of, I’m due for some new reads… er… listens. Share your recommendations in the comments, especially if they help us all to simplify life! And, if you don’t have one already, go get your own Audible Membership here!



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