I have found myself very affected by reading about other people’s experiences and perspectives. I love to learn and question my own behaviours when challenged by another point of view. Here are some books about minimalism, as well as blog posts, articles, and other things that have inspired me on this journey.
ChooseFI with Brad and Jonathan – The ChooseFI podcast may be the absolute beginning of my trip down the rabbit hole. This podcast opened my eyes to financial independence and how it is possible to live an intentional life. My favourite episode is 047 | The Cult of Home Ownership & Crushing Geoarbitrage | Millennial Revolution. The story of Bryce and Kristy reaching financial independence and travelling the world on less than $40K per year has inspired me find my own path without blindly following the “norm”. From here I discovered frugal living, minimalism, blogging and many more bloggers and podcasters in the FI community.
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders – Cait documents her struggles and ultimate successes with her experiment of drastically restricting her spending for one year. I am extremely impressed with Cait’s determination. She resisted impulse buys! This is what I am currently struggling with. Note: I listened to the audiobook version of this and I think hearing Cait talk about her own life made this extra impactful for me.
Set For Life by Scott Trench – If you have any interest in learning about a completely different view of retirement and saving your income, this book walks you through how you can go from zero savings, to early retirement in as little as 10 years. My life has been totally rocked by this early retirement (FIRE) community and I intend to incorporate these steps into my minimalism journey.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – This book has been such a huge hit, people now use her name as a verb, let’s all “KonMarie” our closets! This book helped me prepare to let go of sentimental items, and items I was keeping for the sake of keeping. She addressed so many of my issues with clutter, I am sure she will help you on your journey too!
New Minimalism by Cary Telander Fortin – This book explores many similar ideas as Marie Kondo’s book but with a bit more of a millennial feel. Reading this book might help you understand what type of relationship you have with your material possessions and how to overcome your decluttering fears.
Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things – This Netflix documentary largely featuring Joshua and Ryan from The Minimalists is less of a “how to” and more of a “why” approach to minimalism. Our thoughts about the normal culture of consumerism is challenged. Joshua and Ryan go on a 10-month tour to share their minimalist movement and only pack a single bag! I was very impressed and inspired by their ideologies.