In today’s era of short or even tiny videos, it seems hard for people to sit down in front of a desk and open a paper-book. However, I still believe that there are some people would like to learn some real knowledge from a true book, instead of some 1-minite video named “3 Lifetime Skills You Can Learn in 1 Minute”.
We’ve prepared 7 books on minimalism here, whether you’re feeling disorganized and confused about your life or want to learn some more advanced ways to organize your life, there’s one of books on minimalism here for you! We also included the paperback and e-book prices that are available now for your reference.
Book 1: The Minimalist Home
A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life
- Author: Joshua Becker
- Price: $11.49 (hardcover) $ 9.9(kindle)
This is a relatively comprehensive book in nature, though, as the title suggests, the subject matter leans toward neat living spaces.
It’s worth noting that the author of this book is Joshua Becker, a leading figure in the minimalist movement, who gives us practical advice and step-by-step instructions on organizing and tidying up every room in your home. It is specific, organized, and personally useful!
In general, the book also explores the benefits of minimalism, including reduced stress, improved focus, and greater fulfillment, to name a few.
Becker also touches on strategies for letting go of unnecessary possessions, and he emphasizes the importance of living on purpose and making room for the things that really matter. It’s also well understood that there are trade-offs, and that the less important matters in life will always have to give way to those of higher priority.
In fact, even if you’re already a minimalist, I still recommend reading this book, it’s a treasure trove of useful philosophical truths or ways of living, whether you’re a minimalist beginner or someone who’s been practicing minimalism for a long time!
Book2: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
- Author: Marie Kondo
- Price: $8.89 (hardcover) $ 9.9(kindle)
If you’ve dabbled in books on minimalism, then you’ve probably heard of this book a long time ago. It’s a very famous book about minimalism that teaches you not only how to organize your stuff at home, but also how to clear your mind of distractions.
I read this book a long time ago, and still use one of the methods that the book gave until today. That is: when you come across a tedious task and hesitate to do it, just ask yourself one thing:
“Does this spark joy?”
If so, then do it.
Simple, but useful. May it work well for you too.
Book3: Goodbye, Things
The New Japanese Minimalism
- Author: Fumio Sasaki
- Price: $18.24 (paperback)
You may notice that this is another book written by a Japanese author. In fact, Japan is leading the way in practicing minimalism and is well worth learning from.
Fumio is a professional editor and his writing style is also minimalist, dry, concise and straight to the point, like Hemingway. You pretty much just need to flip through a random page or look based on the table of contents to find EXACTLY the answer you’re looking for.
This book is perfect for readers who want to try to stop hoarding or shopping, as it is very effective in providing just the right amount of motivation for these people to reach happiness.
Of course, the book also goes into a lot of depth and explores the deep “why”, so if you’re still confused and disorganized, this book can help you clear your head.
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
- Author: Fumio Sasaki
- Price: $11.91(hardcover) $ 4.99(kindle)
Essentialist is, in fact, another way of saying minimalist, except that Essentialist speaks to the essence of minimalism: LESS IS MORE, LESS BUT BETTER.
The Way of the Essentialist involves doing less, but better, so you can make the highest possible contribution.
Essentialism isn’t one more thing; it is a different way of doing everything. It is a discipline you apply constantly, effortlessly. Essentialism is a mindset; a way of life. It is an idea whose time has come.
What’s more, the author’s examples and stories throughout the book are also interesting and vibrant, worth reading.
Book5: The Joy of Less
A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize and Simplify
- Author: Francine Jay
- Price: $12.15(hardcover) $ 9.99(kindle)
The Joy of Less is an excellent follow-up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This book is a practical guide to living with clutter. In the second part of the book, Francine Jay introduced ten easy steps that can easily declutter the whole house to the readers. All you have to do is follow them.
It’s also worth mentioning that the book provides us with worksheets and checklists, which is a perfect tool for those who want to embark on a minimalist lifestyle but don’t know where or how to start.
Book6: The ONE Thing
The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results
- Author: Gary Keller
- Price: $20.32(hardcover) $ 8.68(kindle)
The title of the book directly reveals the theme of the whole book: ONE THING.
By presenting the concept of one thing, the book leads the readers to focus directly on the most important thing in his or her personal life or business work, sort of like the “most important and most urgent” of the four quadrants theory.
This approach is not only useful for our personal lives, but also efficient for company management, school training and other matters. It helps the reader to focus on one thing with fewer distractions, thus increasing efficiency and reducing stress! In clarifying the ONE THING in your life, you also prioritize various events and manage your life in an instant.
Book7: The Curated Closet
A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe
- Author: Anuschka Rees
- Price: $16.99(paperback) $ 7.99(kindle)
This one, as you can tell from the title, has to do with organizing your wardrobe. The scope of this book is more specialized compared to the previous few recommendations.
However, this book is not only about telling you how to clean your closet or what clothes you should throw away, this book is here to help you to figure out your personal style by asking you a few questions. Anuschka Rees also shares tips on buying well-made clothes and adequately caring for them.
Apart from paper-books and e-books, there is also an option to listen to audiobooks. Everyone has their own choices, choosing the way that suits you best is also a way of minimalism.
If you still feel insufficient after reading our recommended books on minimalism, let me tell you my secret way to find more books that may suit you:
If you already have a book that you think is good, look for recommendations from the author of the book.
This method is tried and true. I have found many books that suit me through this way. Hope you can find books on minimalism that you like.