The minimalist lifestyle isn’t just about a simple design aesthetic. It’s a much broader concept, a philosophy that embraces living with less — fewer physical possessions, less debt and unnecessary expense, and a more intentional promotion of the intangible things you value most.
There can be a lot of benefits to minimalist living. In selecting this year’s best minimalist living blogs, we looked for people who are sharing their journey and experiences. We hope you find them as educating, inspiring, and empowering as we did.
Francine Jay is focused on living beautifully with less stuff. By reducing the clutter in her home and life, she’s able to devote her energy to the things that truly matter to her. Her goal is having “just enough” — being in a place where she owns nothing more than she truly needs. On her blog, she’s sharing her idea of minimalism and showing others how to live simply in order to make space for movement, clarity of thought, and a life of beauty and wonder.
Caroline launched her blog in an effort to find her own style and curb her self-described “mindless shopping habit.” She committed to a one-year experiment with a capsule wardrobe — a small, structured collection of 37 pieces. At the end of it, she found she was more content, more confident, and more in tune with her personal style than ever before. Now, she’s sharing outfit ideas, closet-curating tips, packing guides, and her own brand of the “less is more” philosophy.
At Becoming Minimalist, Joshua Becker is inspiring others to pursue their greatest passions by owning fewer possessions. He shares his own experience of discovering more money, time, energy, freedom, and opportunity simply by donating, recycling, and removing unnecessary personal possessions. This is a great place to find examples of rational minimalism and learn how to discover what that means for you.
Minimalist parenting? You might be surprised. Rachel, the minimalist mom, is showing parents everywhere how a minimalist lifestyle can work for their families. From decluttering the house to the concept of simple parenting to the joy of doing nothing, Rachel’s posts offer specific advice for overwhelmed parents desperate for a change.
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Financial simplicity is the idea on this blog, which is maintained by a practical minimalist who only spends on and keeps what she loves. Sherry shows her visitors exactly how to spend money without feeling guilty, live with less without feeling deprived, and save for their future while still splurging on what they love.
Learn how to be more with less by simplifying your life so you can create time and space to discover what really matters. Courtney Carver is the inspiring voice behind this blog, and she’s teaching people how to do exactly that. She traded in an overwhelming, uninspired life in which she worked too much, spent too much, and slept too little, and now she’s sharing the big and small changes that lead to a life lived with purpose.
After decluttering her own home and life, and rediscovering her health, passion, and energy along the way, Brooke is on a mission to help others who want to do the same thing. On her blog and podcast, she’s sharing the concept of slow living and the beautiful benefits of living with less.
Clearing out the “stuff” in our lives, our homes, our minds, and on our calendars is the first step in crafting the life you really want. No Sidebar can help you understand what’s getting in your way. Browse their articles for specific advice, or move toward a simpler life with their 30-day email course designed to inspire and encourage you along the way.
Kathy Gottberg is a six-time author who uses her blog as a platform to explore ideas and experiences that help create a meaningful, sustainable, compassionate, and rewarding life. Her posts are varied and sharp, offering inspiration and a unique perspective.
A lifestyle blog written by Erin Boyle, Reading My Tea Leaves celebrates a practical, purposeful approach to a simple and sustainable life. That means DIY tutorials for making your own night-lights or kraft paper roll holders, posts about living life in a tiny apartment, waste-not recipes, eco-friendly family travel advice, and tips for living simply but beautifully.
Colin Wright’s blog is an interesting portrayal of one man’s decision to scale down his entire life. In 2009, Colin had enjoyed professional success but realized his lifestyle didn’t align with what he actually wanted in life. So he got rid of everything he couldn’t fit into a carry-on bag and started traveling the globe. Today, the author and speaker continues to publish introspective posts about his experiences and perspective on life, travel, and what it means to live simply.
Mr. Money Mustache is a witty, useful resource for finding financial freedom by spending less than you earn. In 2011, out of pure exasperation, the retired-at-30 Mr. Money Mustache launched his blog to share some of the secrets to creating a life better than your current one — at half the price. His posts are comprehensive and detailed, with enough information to get you started on the road to early retirement.
Kathryn is on a mission to save the planet, and she’s doing it though a zero-waste lifestyle. Her blog is helping others do the same, with tried-and-true recipes that break down the zero-waste concept into an easy step-by-step process. This is also a great place to find a like-minded community and support in such a challenging goal.
The concept of minimalism changed Jessica Dang’s life so much that she launched a blog to share her experiences in the hopes of inspiring others. This is where Jessica teaches others to live fearlessly, learn constantly, and explore what it means to be human. Her posts are at once practical and thoughtful. Anyone seeking guidance for upgrading life by having less will find inspiration here.
If clearing the clutter in your home is a goal that always feels out of reach, Nourishing Minimalism can help. Rachel Jones was embarrassed by the messy state of her home, and minimalism proved to be a tool that helped her focus on what’s important. Now, she’s sharing the methods of simplifying that make it easy to maintain a joyful, peaceful home.
Erica’s blog chronicles her journey from overwhelmed to peaceful, and she shares her experiences along the way in the hopes that she can inspire others on their own path to focus and calm. Her posts are well-written and relevant, offering useful advice and guidance for learning how to declutter.
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Jessica Timmons has been a writer and editor for more than 10 years. She writes, edits, and consults for a great group of steady and growing clients as a work-at-home mom of four, squeezing in a side gig as a fitness co-director for a martial arts academy.