Living minimally is what it sounds like: living with less. If you’re interested in this way of life, there are many ways to get started.
Whether that means you want to learn to be more frugal or declutter your home, there’s a blog for that. Read below to discover some blogs that’ll help make your journey to simple living a lot easier.
For Francine Jay, the woman behind the Miss Minimalist blog and author of the book “The Joy of Less,” being a minimalist is more than “white walls and empty spaces.” Her blog focuses on getting rid of the clutter that can accumulate your life by removing distractions from your daily lives. This helps make room for the things that really matter. Jay’s blog also features posts about the essentials you need in your closet and profiles of her readers who’ve also learned to live with less.
Tweet her @missminimalist
Does owning fewer items really help you pursue your passions? Well, yes, according to Joshua Becker, the owner of Becoming Minimalist. Becker was cleaning out his garage one day and realized that all the junk he’d collected wasn’t really adding value to his life. As he gave away, donated, and recycled numerous items, he began documenting his process on his blog. Understand how to get rid of clutter in your home by learning Joshua’s amazing methods.
Tweet him @joshua_becker
Save. Spend. Splurge.
As you may have guessed, this blog is all about the financial aspect of living minimally. And who better to talk about it than the voice behind this blog? Sherry, who managed to pay off $60,000 in just 18 months, started this blog to share her experience and expertise. “Save and spend where your money matters,” she says. On top of saving, Sherry also writes about fashion, travel, and career advice. But money — and how to balance your needs with your wants — is always a priority. Follow Sherry to learn how to pare down your belongings to what is essential while staying comfortable.
Tweet her @saverspender
Be More with Less
Simplicity can equal love, believes Courtney Carver, the face behind Be More with Less. Interesting in decluttering, simplifying, or just living with less? Courtney can help with tips, recipes, and inspiring stories. You may also find more joy in your life and home along the way. Carver is also the creator of Project 333, a challenge to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. Think you’re up to it? Visit her blog to learn more below.
Tweet her @bemorewithless
Think minimalism is all about having a strict regimen of living with less? That’s not always the case. Learn from blog founders Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus about how minimalist living is actually about the concept of more. “More time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment,” they say. And more is how they've done it. In 2011, both Fields Millburn and Nicodemus left their jobs to dedicate themselves full-time to the project of pursuing minimalism while showing others how it can be done.
Tweet them @TheMinimalists
For those in love with shopping, Unfancy might be the place to learn how to curb your obsession. Caroline Joy Rector, Unfancy’s blogger extraordinaire, taught herself the art of make-do with a few essential pieces. Can you live with 37 pieces throughout the year? Rector discovered that mixing and matching helped her style as well as finding more confidence and joy. Today her blog is peppered with housing projects and other lifestyle moments, but it still maintains the ethos of minimalism and doing more with less — without sacrificing style.
Follow her on Instagram @caroline_joy
“I’m a minimalist in that I own very few things and am careful about how I consume,” Colin Wright, Exile Lifestyle’s blogger, says. While living in Los Angeles and working at a production studio, Wright quickly realized that this fast-paced lifestyle wasn’t for him. So in 2009, he packed his belongings into a carry-on bag and got rid of everything else.
That same year, he started Exile Lifestyle, and asked his readers where he should move to next. Their answer? Argentina. Since living there for four months, Colin has traveled to numerous countries and destinations, always maintaining the mindset of minimalism.
Tweet him @colinismyname
Toys, diapers, crayons … sometimes, motherhood can mean more things than you know what to do with. But for moms looking to simplify their life, blog founder Jodi Claire Wilson has mindful mothering down to a science. Whether that means knitting a baby blanket instead of buying them in bulk from the store or creating a monthly meal plan instead of making last minute purchases, this blog has it all for you.
Follow her on Instagram @practisingsimplicity
Break the Twitch
Anthony Ongaro’s blog Break the Twitch is all about focusing on intentionality. That feeling of euphoria you get when one-click shopping? All too often, it’s only temporary. Learn how to break away from that with Ongaro’s blog. He encourages intentional living, like deciding what you need and want before clicking, or, in his words, twitching. Make more time for the creativity that’s missing in your life by avoiding one-click twitching.
Follow him on Facebook @breakthetwitch
Tiny House Talk
In 2009, Alex Pino decided to take on minimalist living by moving from a 1,400-square-foot home to a 450-square-foot home. Eliminating debt and lowering expenses were a big part of his motivation, but so was learning to live with less. That’s how Tiny House Talk was born. He documents his passion for small, affordable, and alternative housing on his blog. Find stories on everything from people living out of their backpacks to people living in converted buses.
Tweet him @TinyHouseTalk
Slow Your Home
After receiving a diagnosis of severe postpartum depression, Brooke McArly decided to embark upon what she calls the “Slow Living philosophy.” How did she do that? Well, McArly removed more than 25,000 items from her home and documented the entire process for two years on her blog. Learn how to take back your health based on McArly’s experience through meditation advice and ways to start your day without stress or rushing. You can even listen to her podcast, where she chats with others engaging in a slower lifestyle.
Tweet her @brookemcalary
Most of us are all too familiar with an overflowing inbox or a stuffed closet. That’s where No Sidebar can help. Trying to quit being so busy? There’s an article for that. Wondering how to be content with what you have? Look no further. Take No Sidebar’s 30-day course for living a simpler life as the perfect start or refresher for living minimally.
Follow them on Facebook @nosidebar
Frugaling is “the act and art of maximizing your budget and minimizing costs.” It’s minimal living — the financial way. The site is a great resource for people who want to start living simply. Popular posts include “8 TED That Will Inspire You To Become a Minimalist” and “5 Tricks to Save Money at Starbucks.” Ready to take your life — and your finances — back? Start with Frugaling.
Tweet them @frugalingorg
SMART Living 365
Kathy Gottberg is the brains behind SMART Living 365. She’s also the author of five published books and hundreds of articles. Her writing experience over the past 25 years has culminated to this blog, an exploration of living simply and intentionally. It explores both experiences and ideas “that help to create a meaningful, sustainable, compassionate and rewarding life.” Common themes on Kathy’s blog are well-being, living a rewarding life, and staying interconnected.
Tweet her @gottgreen
The Diary of a Frugal Family
Living frugally can be hard enough. It could be even harder if you’re doing it with a whole family. Thankfully, The Diary of a Frugal Family has traveled that road and has tips for you. Cass, the mother behind the blog, started this journey of living on less so she could spend more time with her family as her children grew older. Documenting this effort while sharing money saving tips and food ideas is what she’s all about.
Tweet her @frugalfamily