One of my favourite ways to get inspired, motivated and educated on any subject I want to learn more about is through books. Including decluttering, simplifying and minimalism! In today’s post, I’m sharing some of the best decluttering books I’ve read lately, along with some more books that are up next on my reading list. And I’m even sharing one bonus “book” I’m using to simplify my life daily!
I’ve shared another round-up of some of my favourite decluttering and simplifying books here, so be sure to check that post out as well.
All of these books offer unique, insightful and inspiring perspectives and ideas about how you can take steps to simplify – your home, your schedule and your life!
If you’re looking for some simplifying inspiration, I hope you’ll enjoy this round-up of some of the best decluttering, simplifying and minimalism books I’ve read recently. I hope you’ll find these books as inspiring as I have!
I’d love to hear what your favourite decluttering or simplifying book is! Leave a comment on this post and let me know. If it’s not on the list, I’ll be sure to add it to my ever-growing “to read” list!
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First up in my round-up of the best decluttering books I’ve read recently is Lightly by Francine Jay.
I am a big fan of Francine’s writing. The way she presents simplifying and minimalism is always so inspiring and encouraging, without feeling restrictive or overwhelming. And Lightly is no exception!
Lightly is both a practical tool to help you simplify different areas of your life. As well as an inspiring and thought-provoking read about the ways you can apply the idea of living lightly to all areas and aspects of your life.
I particularly enjoyed the sections of the book called “Lighten Your Stress” and “Lighten Your Spirit”.
So often, the idea of decluttering and simplifying are focused solely on your “stuff”. While there is plenty of great information in this book addressing how to lighten your stuff. I really love how it also applies the idea of simplifying to so much more.
Lightly gives practical and insightful advice to help you lighten your home, your environmental footprint, your schedule, and ultimately your spirit.
This is a great book to inspire and encourage you to lighten and simplify all aspects of your life so you can focus more on what matters most to you.
Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin is probably my favourite book on this list. This book is such a great resource for anyone looking to simplify and create more order and calm in their lives.
What I love most about Outer Order, Inner Calm is the format of it. It’s written in practical, bite-sized pieces that are easy to read quickly and apply to your home and your life right away.
The ideas are not extreme, just simple, common sense ways to bring more order into your home and your life. And then shows how that order and simplicity can translate into a happier, healthier, calmer life.
This book is such a gem if you’re looking for a quick and easy read with practical, common-sense solutions and advice to create a home that allows you to thrive and feel your best in it.
I have been a fan of Denaye Barahona for a long time and her book, Simple Happy Parenting, did not disappoint.
Not only is the information in the book useful and practical, but the book itself is beautiful. The book features beautiful pictures of Denaye and her family, which I loved.
Simple Happy Parenting is a great resource for parents looking for ways to simplify their home, their lives and their parenting strategies to achieve a calmer, more peaceful home both they and their kids can thrive in.
This book goes far beyond just how to declutter your home. In fact, the section on simplifying your stuff is only one small part of this book.
Instead, it shares helpful tips and advice to help you simplify your life and parenting strategies as a whole to make your life easier and more intentional. Along with why it matters to make those shifts and changes.
This was a new-to-me book that I hadn’t heard of until recently, but it’s worth including on this list of the best decluttering books.
Breathing room gives strategies to declutter, room by room in your house, from a more emotional and spiritual perspective. Focusing on getting to the heart of how to clear the clutter and create a home that best serves you and your family on an emotional level.
The book focuses on getting to the root cause of why you have clutter (the emotional reasons behind your clutter), so you can then make intentional decisions about how to best use and enjoy your home.
It also includes suggestions for how you can work on clearing emotional clutter in terms of what takes up your time, energy, thoughts and emotional capacity.
There is a big focus on decluttering mindfully, intentionally and with compassion in this book. And it brings a unique voice, perspective and approach to decluttering. I’ve included Breathing Room on the list for anyone interested in taking a more spiritual approach to decluttering your home and your life.
Slow, by Brooke McAlary, is another decluttering/simple living book I love.
What I love about Slow, is that Brooke shares her journey through the process, along with her helpful and practical suggestions for simplifying your own life.
It’s always nice to know where someone started from that led them to simplify their lives. And Brooke’s story is very inspiring. From depression and deep unhappiness to living a mindful, joyful, fulfilling life.
The tips, strategies and suggestions in Slow are all presented in a way that’s simple, straightforward and not at all overwhelming.
Brooke’s own approach to simplifying her home and her life was doing it slowly and thoughtfully, which I love. It’s a lot easier to make lasting changes in your life when you take things slow and work through the “why” behind the changes your making. And that’s the approach Brooke shares in her book.
Decluttering books on my “to read” list
I also have a few decluttering, simplifying and minimalism books I’ve heard about or have been recommended to me that I’m excited to read.
First up is Courtney Carver’s newest book, Project 333, coming out March 3, 2020. Her first book, Soulful Simplicity, is one of my all-time favourite simplifying books. So I cannot wait to read Project 333.
If you’re not familiar with Project 333, it is Courtney’s minimalist wardrobe experiment where she chooses and wears 33 items of clothing, including shoes, outerwear and accessories, for 3 months.
Instead, it’s about the intention behind why she simplifies and how it’s allowed her to create a life full of so much more after choosing less. More time, more space, more health, more energy and most importantly more love.
I can’t wait to see what inspiring, encouraging and uplifting messages Courtney has to share with us in Project 333!
The Minimalist Way is about teaching you how to apply a minimalist mindset to all aspects of your life, in a simple and realistic way. And I’m looking forward to reading more about Erica’s suggestions and philosophy on creating a minimalist lifestyle that serves you and your family well.
I have heard this is a great decluttering book for messy people – or those where decluttering and organization doesn’t come naturally for them. Dana takes a humorous, relatable and realistic approach to decluttering and simplifying.
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
I’ve heard about this book from several people and am looking forward to checking it out.
It is based on the Swedish practice called “döstädning”, which translates to “death cleaning”. It’s the process of cleaning out unnecessary belongings while you are still fit and able rather than leaving it for family members to do when you are no longer able.
I think this is a great practice. Not only do you remove the burden from your family of figuring out what to do with all your stuff when you are no longer able. But you also get to decide for yourself what is important, because, in the end, you are the only one who knows what is actually meaningful for you. And why not live with the benefits of a clutter-free home now anyway!
I’m looking forward to learning more about this philosophy and practice because I think it’s a wonderful idea!
A different kind of book helping me simplify my life!
Although this is not a book, I want to include the Clever Fox Planner in this list of the best decluttering books simply because it’s been a wonderful new tool I’ve found to help me simplify my life!
One of my goals this year is to find ways to bring more balance into my life, particularly in the efforts I’m making to focus on taking better care of myself. This planner from Clever Fox has been a wonderful tool to help me do this.
I’m a big fan of making lists – they help me get my to-do list out of my head and down onto paper, so all the things I need or want to do aren’t swirling around in my head all day!
But, my lists and planning used to focus strictly on what tasks I wanted to accomplish. This helped with my productivity, but I found myself over-focused on being productive, sometimes at the expense of my own overall well-being.
A balanced approach to planning
The Clever Fox Planner takes a more balanced approach to planning. Focusing not only on the tasks you want to accomplish but also giving you space to focus on your life as a whole.
The monthly planning sections give you space to reflect on the month as a whole. Assessing all areas of your life, from work, relationships, finances, personal development, fun and more.
And the weekly planning sections give you space for personal and work goals and priorities, habit tracking, balancing all areas of your life and opportunities to reflect at the end of each week.
I love that the Clever Fox Planner not only gives you space but really encourages you to go beyond your “to-do list” and find balance in your life as a whole.
While it’s not technically a book, this planner has been a wonderful resource and tool helping me to simplify my life and focus on my life goals as a whole and I highly recommend it!
The best decluttering books to help you simplify your life
I hope you enjoyed this list of the best decluttering and simplifying books I’ve been reading lately, as well as the books I’m looking forward to reading next!
If you’ve been inspired by a book to simplify and declutter your life, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and let me know your favourite simplifying and decluttering books!