I love to read about simple living and minimalism. Regularly dipping into books always gives me new ideas and helps to keep my motivation high to remain mindful and own less. This is my list of the best books on simple living that I have read over the years.
These are my favourites – the ones that made the most sense, were the best written, and that I would read again. I tend to either reserve new books to read at the library, or buy them on my kindle. I read a lot and I don’t want to go back to having a house full of hundreds of books.
Enjoy one of these on a rainy Sunday, curled up with a cup of tea, and think about how you can simplify your life!
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Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver
I’ve followed Courtney online for a long time and she really has got to the heart of living a more mindful and simple life. This is probably the best book on simple living if you’re new to the whole idea.
Instead of working so hard to make ends meet, work on having fewer ends.
The joy of less by Francine Jay
Another great simple living book if you’re just starting out.
Your home is living space, not storage space.
DOWN TO EARTH BY RHONDA HETZEL
A really beautiful book on living a life that matters and stepping away from the rat race.
You can create a beautiful home in the plainest shell.
simplicity parenting by kim john payne
A lovely book about giving kids the space they need and being a more mindful parent. Simple living is not just for adults – it has so many benefits for our children too.
If you overwhelm a child with stuff – with choices and pseudochoices – before they are ready, they will only know one emotional gesture: More!
The complete buddhism for mothers
I love this book so much. It looks at managing our own emotions as a parent and taking care of ourselves so we can be more present (and patient!) with our children. It’s three books in one, so quite a hefty volume, but Sarah’s wonderful way of writing make it such a joy to read. It is actually soothing to just dip into a chapter and take away a message, even if you don’t read it from cover to cover. Brilliant read, and I’d recommend this to every mother.
So often, we refuse to relax until a problem is fixed, only to discover our inability to relax was most of the problem.
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