Simple Living Book Recommendations

Books To Inspire Simple Living

Fifteen books to inspire a simpler way of living.

Affluenza by Oliver James

Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why depression and anxiety is on the rise; why people want what they haven't got, and want to be someone they're not, despite being richer and freer from traditional restraints. Oliver James uncovers how we can reconnect with what really matters and learn to value what you've already got.

Stuffocation by James Wallman

James Wallman analyses and explains why stuff is one of our most troublesome problems and attempts to provide a solution through some of the world's most counterintuitive, radical, and world changing ideas and lifestyles.

Simple Matters by Erin Boyle

A beautiful book written by blogger Erin Boyle and the perfect read for anyone wanting to declutter, organize, and simplify their lives; packed with practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

Arguably the most popular book on decluttering and tidying written by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondō who promises if you properly simplify and organize your home all at once, you'll never have to do it again.

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider

A ten-day step-by-step plan to help you start living a more organized, intentional life showing you how to organize every room in your home including templates for a home management and recipes for non-toxic household cleaners.

Choosing Simplicity by Linda Breen Pierce

Written by Linda Breen Pierce and based on the author's three-year study of over 200 people from 40 states and eight countries, Choosing Simplicity is a rich blend of real-life profiles and guidelines on simplifying your life.

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez

If you don't know how to manage your money, read this book. Gaining control over your money and your attitude towards it is the most important step in gaining control of your life.

Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin

First published in 1981, Voluntary Simplicity is seen as the powerful and visionary work that kickstarted sustainable ways of living. Revised in 1993, this book will help you adjust your habits and goals, and embrace simplicity through frugal consumption, ecological awareness, and personal growth.

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide by Francine Jay

If you're ready to embrace the decluttering, The Joy of Less will provide a guide on streamlining, a step-by-step process of decluttering each room, and how to downsize your to-do list and free up your time to achieve a simpler, more streamlined life.

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

The More of Less discusses the life-giving benefits of owning less, how the stuff you own is keeping you from pursuing your dreams, and how to craft a personal, practical approach to decluttering your home and life to experience a simpler way of living.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

This book provides a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz provides a social critique of our obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret leading to overwhelm from an abundance of choice.

Simplicity: Essays by Joshua Fields Millburn

Essays from The Minimalists blog about living a meaning a meaningful life with less stuff.

The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees

Cultivate personal style and build your ideal wardrobe suited to your lifestyle without succumbing to mindless consumerism. Blogger Anuschka Rees presents a fascinatingly strategic, prescriptive approach to identifying, refining, and expressing personal style and building the ideal wardrobe to match it.

In The Jumble by Victoria Lochhead

Learn about the joys of finding, buying, and wearing second hand clothes, which is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way to fill your wardrobe.