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If you’ve heard the word minimalism in relation to a lifestyle, then you might be curious about how to get started, or what it even means. You probably think it’s just about getting rid of your stuff, and while that is part of it, it certainly isn’t the only piece of the equation. When I first learned that this was a lifestyle that people were consciously embracing, I wanted to know everything I could. I wanted to see how other people did it, and what it meant to them. So I started with reading whatever I could get my hands on. Here are four of my favorite books to get you started on your minimalism journey.“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don't.” ― Joshua Becker Click To Tweet
You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too – Tammy’s blog Rowdy Kittens, was my first exposure to minimalism and I have continued to follow her journey and read her books and blog posts. This book sounds like it’s going to be about how money gets you everything you want in life, but it’s not like that at all. It’s more about being intentional with your money and your life.
Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify – This was also another one of my firsts. It has some great practical advice for how to begin the process of living a simpler life that is not weighed down by excess possessions.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – I mentioned this book in my post about how you go about decluttering. By now I think nearly everyone has heard of Marie Kondo and her magical decluttering methods. I loved this book, and even though I had already been through several rounds of getting rid of stuff, this made me look at the process in a whole new way, and I was able to get rid of even more. Some of it might be a little out there to many people, but there are so many amazing takeaways that I recommend this book to everyone.
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own – This book is another great one if you are looking to learn more about the why’s of minimalism, as well as practical ways to decide what to keep, and what to get rid of. The author also has a 12-week course called Uncluttered that helps you work through the process of releasing your stuff and changing your life.
Are you interested in reading any of these books?