15 Best Books About Minimalism Update 05/2022

To make your life easier, look here. I’ve put together a complete list of the best books on decluttering and the best books on minimalism and simple living. You can start with the best books on minimalism and simple living. Anyone can’t get enough of a nonfiction subject that they love to read about. The serial killers of World War II and the women who fought for equality in the fight for women’s rights are some things that some people like to talk about.

For me, it’s books about minimalistic living that I like the most. I found out about minimalism when I was a stressed-out mom of young kids, and I was hooked right away. Simplicity spoke to me on a very deep level, and I was moved by the idea. In the beginning of my search for the best books on minimalism, I looked at Marie Kondo’s book. If you want to learn more about minimalism, I’ve read as many books as possible since then. That, of course, is because I write about books. Check out my reading list for 2019. Because of this, I think I’m in a unique position to tell you which minimalist books are the best and which are the worst. It’s the best place to start if you want to get rid of things or simplify your life. These books on minimalism are a good place to start.

Best Decluttering Books

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

It must be at the top of every list of the best minimalist books. Marie Kondo’s book will always be seen as the father of modern minimalistism. Using her KonMari method, decluttering became a big thing in the United States and all over the world. Does it make you happy? That is her main point. She goes for the big prize out of all the books about minimalism that she has read. Taking all of your books out at once and going through them all at the same time is how she helps you get rid of things. You make a lot of mess, but you also get a lot of money.

The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

If you don’t like Marie Kondo’s “Spark Joy” question, you might want to try Joshua Becker’s more practical guide to getting rid of things. When he thinks about things, he asks himself, “Do I need this?” This is how Becker looks at each room of your house one by one. He points out things that could go wrong in each one. To avoid a huge mess, you clean one room at a time. You still start with the easiest places and work your way up to more difficult tasks, but you don’t make a huge mess.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White

What if you don’t have time to clean? It turns out that Dana K. White’s method is the best one for people who can’t start a big project. In her book, White says that you should start by clearing out one small space at a time. Always, when you start to clean and tidy, you start at the front door and work your way to the next room. While this might make decluttering take longer in the grand scheme of things, it’s a lot easier for a busy housewife with little time. White also talks about the Container Theory, which says that you can only own as many things as will fit in the space you have.

Declutter Like a Mother By Allie Casazza

Are you sick of being a “hot mess” mom and having to deal with so much stress all the time? Make your home work for you, not against you. Casazza shows you how to reclaim the joy of motherhood and make your home work for you. Declutter like a Mother does a great job of explaining why decluttering is important for families and how it can help both moms and kids. The techniques for decluttering are the same in almost every book about decluttering. Also, be aware that she can be a little annoying when she talks about her online courses.

The Joy of Less by Francine Jay

There are so many books on my list of the best ways to get rid of clutter. If you use minimalist techniques, it’s a “to each his own” world. if Kondo, Becker, or White don’t give you the right idea, Francine Jay’s book on minimalism is a good place to start instead. Jay comes up with her own acronym to help you get rid of the clutter in your home. The other three books are better than Jay’s, but it might be the one that works best for you.

Worst Minimalism Books on Decluttering

The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

In the same way that everyone else did, I got caught up in Netflix’s Get Organized with the Home Edit. Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are two of the best organizers in the business. They work on the homes of celebrities and people who aren’t famous, turning them into beautiful rainbow-colored Instagram-worthy dreams. Shearer and Teplin have a three-step process for organizing their things. First, they take everything out and cut down on the things that aren’t important. Then, they put everything into clear, labeled bins. However, if you want to learn how to do this on your own, don’t turn to this minimalist book. It’s like a coffee table book with pretty pictures but no real help.

It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh

My best friend loaned me a copy of Peter Walsh’s book on minimalism because she knew how much I like these kinds of books. Before reading Walsh’s guide, I had read all the best books on decluttering. Walsh’s guide didn’t make sense to me. Walsh’s decluttering method looks like it’s going to fail from the start. His first step takes a lot of time and is ripe for a fight between family members as you take everything out and decide what stays and what goes. This is what he did. It was not a total waste of time, but the book was not worth it. I thought his last chapter on decluttering after the first work was done was very interesting.

Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

When the author of The Happiness Project (which I loved) talks about minimalism, what do you get? I thought I would get a book that was fun and well-researched like her other books. Instead, I got a bunch of tips, quotes, and sayings that didn’t have a lot of depth or research put together in a way that didn’t make sense. I understand that she was trying to keep the book simple, but the whole thing felt stale, half-cooked, and not very interesting.

Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki

Sasaki’s book is often called one of the best books on minimalism, but I can’t figure out why. Sasaki was a loser alcoholic hoarder before he found out about minimalism and became a monk. He wants to get rid of everything. Literally. If you don’t believe it, you need to look at the pictures at the start of the book. In his mind, minimalism is when a girl is sitting in an empty living room. He doesn’t like decluttering; he likes living with nothing. Top that off, I thought the translator did a bad job with the English version, with a lot of bad word choice in it. Because I think everyone who disagrees with my review has listened to it.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

Decluttering your things before you die so that your family doesn’t have to do it after you die is called “death cleaning.” This might sound morbid, but it’s a good idea that will save money. You are the best person to know what your things are worth. If you are a senior citizen, Magnusson’s guide has great advice on how to deal with memorabilia, the death of a spouse, and downsizing. However, for the rest of us, there are a lot of better books on minimalism to choose from.

Making Space, Clutter Free by Tracy McCubbin

McCubbin’s post isn’t the worst way to get rid of clutter. The truth is, I found her method and explanations to be solid, but not very interesting. I think that a lot of her book was just like what other people have already written. McCubbin’s main strength is her analysis of the different “clutter blocks” people have that keep them from decluttering. Plus, she goes into great detail about how to adapt decluttering for downsizing and divorce, two areas that are often left out of minimalist texts. All in all, a book that doesn’t stand out.

Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker is a great writer of books about how to live a more simple life. And as a companion guide, Clutter Free with Kids is fine. There were a lot of similarities between this book and his other two: The Joy of Less and The Minimalist Home. Not much was new. Some of his advice might help you clean your house with kids if you’re really having trouble. Don’t bother with this one.

Best Books On Minimalism

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

Books on minimalism that help you understand why you should live this way are better than books on how to get rid of things that you don’t need. You can clean your house, but unless you change your mindset about what you need and what you want, you’re going to end up right back where you began. In The More of Less, Joshua Becker does a great job of describing how he had a “minimalism epiphany” (cleaning out the garage) and how you can do the same.

Slow by Brooke McAlary

One of the things that comes from the minimalist lifestyle is simple living, which means slowing down. Brooke McAlary makes a very good case for why you should ignore the frantic world and slow down your life. She says that you should. For mothers, Slow is a great book about decluttering but also about finding peace and meaning in the modern world.

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