Want to discover minimalism and how minimalist living can change your life for the better? Look no further than this list of 18 delightful blogs on minimalism.
18 MUST-READ MINIMALISM BLOGS
The first minimalist living blog I ever read was The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, it opened my eyes to a whole way of living that really appealed to me. I’ve been working minimalist living into my life ever since.
In fact, reading The Minimalists is what started me on a path to lead a more intentional life and find financial freedom. I think all three lifestyle philosophies are intertwined, which is why I write about all three on Less & Live More. It’s very easy to understand the way to escape the confines of our consumerist society when you juxtapose it against a minimalist living philosophy.
There are a LOT of blogs about minimalism out there, indeed there are many facets to minimalism and many ways to come at it. Whilst I love the minimalist aesthetic and poring over minimalist lifestyle blogs, this list is focused on blogs on minimalist living. That’s to say, they are written by people who are choosing to use minimalism as a way to lead their lives and shape all areas of their lives, not just their home and personal style.
MINIMALIST LIVING, SIMPLE LIVING, LIVING WITH INTENTION…
These blogs cover minimalist living, simple living, living with intention, slow living and mindful money management. But ultimately, each of these blogs is a great read if you are just starting out on your own journey to lead a more minimalist life.
The list runs in no particular order, I have included some of the really well-known minimalism blogs because they are brilliant, but I’ve also included smaller, rising stars of the minimalist blogging world because there really are some gems out there.
Just before you dive into the list… if you’d like to find out more about what I write about on Less & Live More please click the links to some of my posts:
- Intentional living and why you might need it
- Financial freedom: Defining true freedom
- Minimalist lifestyle tips for beginners
- How to have a minimalist mindset
BEST BLOGS ABOUT MINIMALISM
1. THE MINIMALISTS
As mentioned above, The Minimalists blog by Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus was the first minimalist living blog I ever read. Joshua and Ryan have guided millions of people to live more meaningful lives with less, including me, a fact you can see reflected in the title of my blog Less & Live More. What started out as a blog is now a media empire of sorts:
Click to get to know The Minimalists: Blog | Documentary | YouTube | Podcast | Book 1: Essential Essays by The Minimalists | Book 2: Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life | Book 3: Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists
2. BALANCE THROUGH SIMPLICITY
Antonia is a reformed workaholic who is set on advocating simple living. Balance Through Simplicity is packed with easy to read, accessible posts on minimalism and simple living for every aspect of life. Her ideas and tips are eminently practical.
Click to get to know Antonia: Blog
3. BE MORE WITH LESS
Courtney Carver is a true inspiration for triumphing against adversity. Following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, Courtney started a journey to simplify her life. Alongside her wonderful blog, Be More With Less, her wardrobe decluttering program, Project 333, has helped thousands of people to get to grips with creating a minimalist wardrobe. That might sound like a fairly superficial thing, but it’s amazing how freeing a minimalist wardrobe of clothes is and how it focuses you on creating minimalism in all areas of your life.
Click to get to know Courtney Carver: Blog | YouTube | Podcast | Book 1: Project 333 | Book 2: Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More
4. SIMPLY + FIERCELY
What I love about Jennifer’s blog, Simply + Fiercely is that it makes minimalism and intentional living so accessible. It’s just as beautiful to read and look at as some of the more well-known minimalist lifestyle blogs, but it’s just that bit easier to imagine yourself mirroring Jennifer’s lifestyle. Jennifer went from shopaholic to minimalist and shares all her learnings, experiences and suggestions for doing the same on Simply + Fiercely.
5. BECOMING MINIMALIST
Joshua Becker is one of the uber-minimalist bloggers and his blog. I have to say I wasn’t drawn to Becoming Minimalist the second I landed on it, because the font is a dull brown and it’s not that beautiful to look at. There, I’ve said it 😉 I am an aesthetic snob and I’m working on it 😉 But once I got reading, oh boy! Joshua talks about his focus on simplicity and minimalism in every aspect of his life, which really resonates with me. It’s easy to see minimalism simply as a design concept, but minimalism is actually a design for life.
Click to get to know Joshua Becker: Blog | Book 1: The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life | Book 2: The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own | Book 3: Simplify | Book 4: Clutterfree with Kids: Change your thinking. Discover new habits. Free your home | Magazine: Simplify Project: No Sidebar (see next entry on list for more…
6. NO SIDEBAR
No Sidebar is a 30-day email course you can take to simplify your life. It’s all about encouraging you to design a simple life. The course is on $20 and includes access to a Facebook Group. There is also an archive of blog posts from various contributors who write about minimalism and minimalist lifestyles. You can apply to contribute a post if you want to become part of the No Sidebar community.
7. SIMPLE LIONHEART LIFE
Melissa is a yoga-loving mom who loves nothing more than being at home. She writes about how to create a simpler, more intentional life by decluttering and embracing minimalism. She started the blog after discovering how much space and freedom minimalism and simple living has given her.
Click to get to know Melissa: Blog
8. BREAK THE TWITCH
Anthony Ongaro started Break The Twitch as part of a process to sidestep the automatic habits (twitches) that were shaping his life. He’s busy shaping a new life that revolves around living a more intentional life, which naturally includes minimalism. His YouTube channel is ace. I also love that his dog looks like my dog Teddy;)
9. ZEN HABITS
Leo Babauta is another uber-blogger, his focus is very much on mindfulness and simplicity (the clue is in the blog title I guess!) but as he points out in this post, minimalism is an extension of simplicity.
Click to get to know Leo Babauta: Blog | Books: Leo is a prolific writer, so I’m simply placing a link to the list of all of his books on Amazon | Courses
10. RAISING SIMPLE
Zoë Kim blogs about minimalism for families, she’s a mum of four kids, so she truly has the ability to road-test her minimalist living strategies. She encourages parents to develop a minimalist mindset and offers practical solutions as well as ideas on how to change your mindset. Zoë has also written a book Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life
11. THE MINIMALIST VEGAN
The minimalist vegan is actually written by a married couple, Maša and Michael. They are on a mission to inspire millions of people to live with less stuff and more compassion. They are on a crusade against mindless consumerism and wastefulness. They have also written a book, The Minimalist Vegan: A Simple Manifesto On Why To Live With Less Stuff And More Compassion.
Click to get to know Maša and Michael: Blog | Book: The Minimalist Vegan: A Simple Manifesto On Why To Live With Less Stuff And More Compassion | Podcast
12. THE FAUX MARTHA
Melissa Coleman describes herself as a designer, dinner maker and simplicity chaser, which funnily enough is all reflected in her blog The Faux Martha, including some wonderful posts on minimalism. Melissa is also the author of The Minimalist Kitchen, which gives a framework for creating a minimalist kitchen.
13. MINIMALIST BAKER
Dana and John are a married couple, with a design and photography background, who create recipes that have 10 ingredients or less, use minimal equipment to make and take 30 minutes or less to prepare… AKA minimalist recipes! The recipes are mainly plant-based (vegan) but there are also vegetarian recipes and recipes for omnivores. Delicious food that’s quick and easy to make in all senses, what’s not to love?! Ooh and they’ve also written a book, Everyday Cooking, which is full of totally plant-based, mainly gluten-free recipes.
14. MR MONEY MUSTACHE
A slight curve-ball entry here. Peter Adeney is the king of the retire early bloggers, but a lot of his philosophies are grounded in minimalism. His site is refreshingly retro in appearance. I am literally reading through Mr Money Mustache post by post, it’s that good and inspirational. Peter has also written the foreword to an updated, relaunched in 2018 version of Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence, which I am mid-way through reading at the moment, it is beyond doubt the best book I’ve ever read on our relationship with money and how to improve it.
Get to know Mr Money Mustache: Blog