My 3 favourite books on minimalism

A short reading list about minimalism

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These are the books about minimalism that have had the greatest impact on my life:


If you are only going to read one book on minimalism, read this one.

Courtney’s blog Be More With Less has been a favourite place to find inspiration for simplifying my life, and her book delivers the same life wisdom. A book to read again and again.

Courtney Carver is  also the founder of Project 333, a challenge to live with 33 items in your wardrobe for 3 months. A fun excercise, and worth trying. You’ll be surprised at how the process changes more your wardrobe.

THE YEAR OF LESS How I stopped shopping, gave away all my belongings and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store by Cait Flanders

A truly honest and humble account of the author’s process. Cait blogged about her path to becoming debt free, and the book is about her journey to stop shopping. So very worth reading even if you are not struggling with debt. It certainly taught me a thing or two about the way I use shopping to reward myself and to soothe difficult emotions.

THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: The Japanese way of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo

You may know her from the Netflix series, but like in so many other cases, the book is so much more than the TV series can be.

Let me know what you think in the comments section below, and please share with me your own favourite books. On minimalism or any other topic.

About the author, Jorunn Hernes

Jorunn is a Certified Personal Colour Analyst, founder of Nordic Simplicity and Scandinavian Style Academy™, the fresh, simple, Scandinavian approach to getting dressed. Jorunn will avoid social settings with more than three people but can be lured out with snacks and the promise to talk about books.

  • Ooooo, minimalism, YES! Now we’re talking! I too love Marie Kondo, but I think my favourite minimalism book is called “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown. Whilst not a traditional minimalism book (there’s not a whole lot of chat around decluttering), it holds minimalism as its central guiding theme. And “Do Less” by Kate Northrup also nudges you along the minimalist path – in both physical items, and lifestyle choices. I also enjoy the writing of Joshua Becker of (although I’ve yet to try his books). His piece on why “Does it spark joy?” is the wrong question led me to think differently about the place of things in my life.He really helped me clarify the WHY of minimalism in my life. The YouTube videos of the Minimal Mom, Diane in Denmark and Clutterbug are fabulous at keeping me on track with my minimalism habits. Clutterbug’s quiz to find your organising style is a game changer!

    • Hi Laura, thanks for these excellent reading suggestions. I have put Esseitialism on my reading list now, haven’t read that one. I have two books by Jushua Becker on my Kindle: Simplify, and The More of Less. I do find his blog a great resource, and I had to find and re-read the article you point out. It’s really good. Now, off to take the Clutterbug quiz!

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