Minimalist Inspiration

Minimalist Inspiration

Minimalism inspires me. It gives me a sense of peace. When my surroundings are cluttered, so is my mind. Minimalism is a lifestyle. It’s an approach that can be applied to many elements of life.  Here are some of my favourite minimalist inspirations.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This book flips the usual minimalism approach on its’ head by simply asking if an object brings you joy – and if not, why are you keeping it? What purpose does it serve? The simplicity in this method makes it so simple to rid yourself of the excess.

Miss Minimalist & The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
One of the first websites I discovered about the minimalist lifestyle, I adore the weekly reader profiles and learning about minimalism through different perspectives. Francine Jay also wrote a wonderful guide book to minimalism, which I believe to be required reading.

Zero Waste Home: The Blog & The Book by Bea Johnson
A zero waste lifestyle is very comparable to a minimalist lifestyle, and eco-friendly to boot. Bea Johnson is a chic, French woman living in California with her husband & two children, who lives simply, reuses, recycles, and attempts to limit what ends up in a landfill.

Zen Habits
Leo Babauta is a self-help guru with a minimalist approach at his core. Every post is more inspiring than the last – from ‘How Not To Hurry’ to ‘The Zen of Doing’, and even ‘The Ultimate Guide to Get Lean’. Read his most popular posts here.

Nourishing Minimalism
A more gentle approach to minimalism, this blog focuses on real food and simple living. Rachel is a mom to 6 and encourages a minimalist approach in all aspects of life, from your closet to your kitchen.

The Minimalists
Joshua & Ryan have become superstars in the minimalist world. Having authored many books, going on tour, and speaking at TedX, they started their journey into minimalism with a 21-day journey. Read about it here.

Minimalist Baker
Taking the simplified approach to cooking by sharing recipes that take less than 10 ingredients, use one bowl, and take 30 minutes or less to make. The beautiful photography makes me salivate…

Little Eco Footprints
Tricia writes this blog about living better with less, which for her means living close to nature and helping her children discover the beauty of simplicity. Playing in the dirt is mandatory.

20 Liter Life
A backpack that can contain up to 20 litres of stuff is all that Vince & Franklin each need to live comfortably. A blog about travel, productivity, and enjoying life without accumulating all the baggage that goes with it.

Project 333
Taking a sensible minimalist approach to your wardrobe. Courtney challenges you to wear 33 items or less for 3 months. Could you do it?

Rowdy Kitten & You Can Buy Happiness (And It’s Cheap)
Tammy Strobel, writer and photographer, decided to drastically change her life, sell her stuff, and live in a tiny home on wheels. Her story inspires many, and proves that there is no one right way to live a life to equal happiness.

Does minimalism inspire you? I think everyone could benefit from a little bit of simplicity, whether that means saying ‘No’ to unnecessary demands and saying ‘Yes’ to yourself, cleaning off your bedside table, or eating a whole foods diet. What are your favourite minimalist sources?

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12 thoughts on “Minimalist Inspiration

  1. I am the same way when it comes to clutter…if I’m surrounded by it then I feel like my mind is cluttered as well. I can’t function properly. I notice that when my desk and surrounding areas have gotten out of control that I can’t work. It’s times like that that I must stop and de-clutter before I can move forward w/ anything else. I always feel so much better afterwards too!

  2. I love Marie Kondo’s book – it is now my decluttering bible :p Slowly working my way through the process. I’m very much attracted to the minimalist lifestyle, although I think I would consider myself just a semi-minimalist lol Great blog, and love the clean look. Definitely inspiring me for my own website 🙂

  3. My blog partner is actually a neat freak, she can’t work if the environment is dirty. I am okay with it but I know it would make my life a whole easier if I can follow the minimalist lifestyle 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions

  4. I’ve heard soooo many people talking about “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”– I might have to get it now! I love the idea of minimalism, but I have a difficult time with purging and getting rid of clutter in my life (I might need it one day!) I will certainly check out your other suggestions too! Thanks so much!

  5. My eight year old summed things up the other day. ” I have everything I ever needed.” I think that’s not just minimalism it’s life.
    I feel better when things are tidy too but I’m not sure its minimalism but more a personality trait for me.

  6. Stopping by from Daring Creative 🙂 Thank you for all these resources! I am on a journey of slow living and minimalism right now, and hadn’t heard of some of these before. I am currently purging my house using the Marie Kondo book, it’s simply amazing!

  7. Hi,
    I stumbled upon your blog whilst googling minimilistic interior ideas and I am so glad that I did.
    I am very, very new on my journey to minimilism and I honestly don’t know what to do. I have so much stuff, just things! I’ve donated, trashed and sold many things but I don’t really know how to fully let go.
    I also have my husband who seems OK with the idea and my 7 yr old who rather not give away her trillions of toys and little trinkets. How do you get your family on board??

    I hope that your blog can help to inspire me to live a happy minimilistic lifestyle.

    1. Crissy, thank you for leaving a comment! Everyone’s “Minimalist Journey” looks different, and I hate the idea that there’s only ONE way. There is not one right way, it’s whatever’s right for you – and guess what? That’s going to change as life progresses and changes as well! The biggest tip I can provide is start with yourself. Start with your own stuff and life and things you use. The rest will slowly fall into place. I will definitely talk about family and minimalism in a future post 🙂