Joshua Becker’s journey into minimalism began in suburban Vermont while he was clearing out his garage and realized his possessions were overwhelming his life. Since then, he’s cut back on clutter to regain control of his energy and time. He’s gone on to write four books on simplifying that has brought minimalism to thousands of people.
Becoming Minimalist is excellent for reading up on minimalism and its basic concepts, and on how minimalism impacts our lives beyond decluttering. Becker dives deep into well-covered topics and offers thought-provoking posts on less obvious questions.
Here are some posts I’d recommend:
The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life Minimalism goes beyond clearing out your drawers. It also means streamlining your goals, eliminating your negative thoughts and cutting back on senseless distractions (like screentime) that keep you from what’s most important.
Brittany is a mother of two living in Phoenix, documenting her journey through “simplicity, frugality, slowing down and all other things less.” She’s discovered that having less means more energy and time.
Her blog touches on topics from solitude and silence to her experiences with shopping bans or reflections on camping and minimalism.
One Thing at a Time Does multi-tasking ever add value? Your to-do lists don’t define you, and instead of being overwhelmed you should focus on doing one thing at a time – and doing it well with your full attention.
Regaining Creativity Eliminating screen time, answering all your child’s questions and giving them more autonomy encourages them to get creative instead of constantly seeking approval or looking for entertainment.
Marie is a French graphic designer, minimalist mentor and creative coach who helps creatives simplify their lives and businesses. She calls herself a “messy” kind of minimalist and a recovering perfectionist who doesn’t need more goals to strive towards.
Her posts are often rich with vivid descriptions that tell a story to illustrate her thoughts.
How to embrace seasonal creativity to overcome creative blocks It often feels like you have to be productive year-round in a competitive society. But just like seasons in nature bloom and pass, your creative lives also go through cycles that should be embraced for what they are. Don’t fight the creative slumps, but instead use those times to feed your creativity or focus on smaller tasks.
Why you Should Get Lost to Find your Way Your path in life is seldom straight and narrow, but that’s the beauty of it. And when you look back at your life choices you’ll often notice recurring themes that will guide you towards fulfilment.
With an audience of some 20 million people, a series of books and a documentary widely popular on Netflix, Joshua and Ryan, the duo behind The Minimalists, are the godfathers of the modern day minimalist movement. They’re also one of the top slow living and minimalism blogs.
They’ve inspired thousands by walking away from their corporate careers towards more meaningful lives – shedding plenty of clutter and emotional baggage along the way.
Their blog is a well-rounded guide to slimming down all facets of your life from relationships, goals and decision-making to health. Their essays are often great examples of how minimalism goes beyond clean aesthetics and home decor.
Nightmares of a Perfectionist Perfectionism is futile, yet it can haunt you in everything you do from writing a perfectly-crafted story to going after your ideal relationship or career.
The UnAmerican Dream The suburban home, the luxury car, and the corner office are all part of the American dream. But they come at a price.
A project of Becoming Minimalist, this blog is a collection of articles on minimalism, simple living and happiness. It tackles topics from decluttering to relationships. And I love all the guest posts. They address minimalism and simple living from multiple perspectives from an array of different writers.
Savour & Dream is for everyone who wants to live with more intention and meaning – and less stress. Nicola writes on anything from her struggles with depression, to planning ahead to simplify her meals. She writes with a refreshing honesty and sense of humor while learning from her mistakes.
When decluttering isn’t enough Decluttering your home will never work in the long term if you don’t change your spending habits or address your imaginary vs. real self.
While moving across country from California to the Pacific Northwest, Julianna realised how much clutter she’d accumulated. This eventually lead her into minimalism and making more time for her 2 daughters.
How to have a more relaxing vacation If you don’t want to come back home feeling more exhausted than when you left, try booking ahead and honoring your personality while on vacation. Don’t overplan and be patient when the unexpected strikes.
Jennifer is a former shopaholic and workaholic who’s now passionate about helping others to simplify their lives. An American living in Australia, she left her sales job and sold her belongings to move across the world and start her own business.
4 Ways to Stop Letting the Little Things Bother You How do you keep those minor, everyday annoyances from driving you crazy? Resist the urge to complain (it really won’t get things off your chest, and only amplifies them), and try to see the humanity in the people who annoy you.
Britt is a Canadian writing about simple living with honesty and a dash of tongue-in-cheek humor. From packing lightly for a vacation, to the power of doing nothing, her posts always reflect lessons learned from everyday life.
Leo Babauta’s popular blog offers insights on mindfulness and simplicity in short and engaging essays that will give you a fresh perspective on changing your habits. A father of six living in California, Babauta quit smoking in 2005 and later added more new habits that eventually revolutionized his life. He shares his simple methods in what’s one of my favorite slow living and minimalism blogs.