To start, I read a lot of books about simple living and getting rid of things. I found it interesting to read about different views on the subject.
My favorite books aren’t all the same, but they’re the ones I want you to read, too. As a side note, I don’t often buy the books I read. They are very close friends. As a way to help other people who need help, I own a few that I can easily share with them. Here is a list of the best books about simple living and getting rid of things you don’t need.
Simple Living Books You Need to Read
The More of Less by Joshua Becker
This is my favorite book about living simple. I had read a few other books before this one, but they all felt a little empty to me. This one was the best. Becker talks about how important it is to cut down on extra things so that you can focus on more important things, which really resonated with me. In The More of Less, Joshua Becker helps you see how owning less can be a good thing. He also shows you how your things are stopping you from going after your dreams.
He talks about the joys of giving and how minimalism is about living a full and meaningful life, not just having a clean home. Joshua came out with a new book in December called The Minimalist Home, and it was a big hit. The review of it is here. It’s a great book on how to clean up your home. The More of Less, on the other hand, is a little more philosophical about why to be simple in the first place.
Make Room for What You Love by Melissa Michaels
Several times, I checked this book out from the library. I even took screenshots of different pages so I could send them to my friends. She talked about decluttering and making a home that you love.
A big thing she says is that you should not just buy cheap things that aren’t very good. This is, of course, difficult for me. I don’t like to spend money, so I have bought things based on the price rather than the quality or whether or not I really liked them. I’ve bought a lot of “good enough” things. This book helped me think about this tendency again and be more thoughtful and careful when I bought things.Melissa gives practical advice to help you think about how to make space for the things you love and space for your dreams.
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Many things about this book made me happy. It’s like you’re reading a long letter from a friend when you read Shauna’s writing. I have both read and listened to the book. Both were good. Shauna told me to think about how I show up in my life and how I can improve that. A lot of what she says is very open and honest about her own life. Shauna talks about letting go of busyness and the pressure to be and do more to keep up with the image of perfection that people see. Instead, she says that living a life of grace, silence, rest, prayer, presence, and connection with the people who matter most is the way to live.
Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington
If you have a hard time being busy, this book by Alli Worthington is for you. When she told me about her life, I found it inspiring and interesting. She tells the reader how to stop looking for things to do that aren’t important, and how to do what you were made to do.
Alli talks about some of the lies we believe and how to stop them from having power in your life. When you say no to something, you can’t go and say yes to something else if you don’t. Alli gives real-life advice about boundaries, relationships, and self-care, while admitting that she has made mistakes in the past. She talks about how even though she didn’t make the best decisions, she still found peace in a chaotic world.
Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup
As a reader of this book, Ruth gives you the motivation and inspiration you need to clear out your home, your mind, and your soul. She wants the reader to think about how they want their home to look and make changes to how it works. Ruth talks about setting limits on how many new things you can bring into your home. She also talks about how to deal with all the things that come with having kids.
As a bonus, she talks about scheduling and how to avoid overcommitting and running out of gas. Ruth talks about relationships and how to build real friendships and let go of bad ones. This book gives you a clear plan of action if you want to clean up different parts of your home and life.
Real Life Organizing by Cassandra Aarssen
People call Cass Aarssen the Clutter Bug because of her YouTube channel. She looks at clutter and organization in a different way than most people.
As a first step, Cassandra puts people into one of four different bug types based on how they like to organize. Her quiz will help you figure out which bug you are. Cassey calls herself a “slob” who has learned how to deal with clutter and organize over time because she had to do so for her job. She has now been a professional organizer for many years and has helped many people clean up their clutter. In the book, Cass shows you how to get rid of things and then make organizational systems that work with how your home works.
Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana White
Dana White, whose blog is called “A Slob Comes Clean,” writes in a very funny and direct way. She also wrote a book called How to Manage Your Home Without Getting Your Mind Out of Joint. I think her books are great for people who think their homes are very messy.
Dana’s method is aimed at people who don’t naturally like to be organized or clean up their homes. It’s a good idea to read her book if you think you’re on the other side of the scale. Dana talks about the mindsets and emotions that make it hard to get rid of things. Then, she gives advice on how to declutter, no matter how much clutter the reader has or how hard it is for them to declutter. She helps you figure out procrastination, which is the stuff that will get done at some point but doesn’t seem urgent. She also tells you how to make progress when you don’t have a lot of time.