My Top 10 Decluttering and Minimalism Books

These are books that have helped me through my decluttering/minimalism journey. Not all of these books deal with clutter and possessions, but they have impacted my life and helped me get to where I want to be, especially in my minimalist lifestyle.

In no particular order:

1. Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life
It’s not just about getting rid of 50, but 50 categories of things. I like how she doesn’t just stop with physical items, but addresses mental and emotional clutter as well.

2. Clutter’s Last Stand: It’s Time To De-junk Your Life!
Always one of my favorites. I remember even as a little kid snagging my mom’s copy. Fun and fast paced, this book will definitely get you attacking those piles of clutter.

3. Sink Reflections
I found Flylady back in 2001 and absolutely love her methods of routine setting and making a difference in your home. She’s such an inspiration and works on getting rid of that perfectionist mindset that keeps people in a messy and cluttered home.

4. The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
Not a book about decluttering, but definitely one to give you the boost you need to change your life into what you’ve been wanting.

5. 30 Day Declutter Bootcamp
This is an excellent ebook, challenging and taking you step by step to get the decluttering done.

6. Zen Habits: Handbook For Life
I thoroughly enjoy Leo Babauta’s writing, definitely inspiring. This is a collection of articles from his blog.

7. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
David Platt takes a hard look at the American Dream and how it has affected our faith and view of material goods.

8. Simplicity: Essays
The Minimalists have always been a favorite of mine, and any time I need to reconfirm that I’m living the way I want, I just read a couple of their essays.

9. The Simple Living Guide: A Sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living
Simple living is not the same as minimalism, but many of the same principles apply. Everything in balance. My favorite chapter is about shared housing. I love the idea of it, not something I’ve found in Montana yet though.

10. The Simplicity Primer
Each page is a “new” idea on how to simplify your life, which makes it super easy to read. I love that she talked about the emotional and relational side of simple living, which is a major part of living simply and minimalistically.

About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m the Joyful Space Specialist. it’s my desire help others create a joyful space of their own and enjoy their time spent at home.


  1. Britney McGinnis on 11/17/2013 at 1:21 AM

    This is HARD. We arent like hoarders but we both feel a strong call to minimalism. I was especially encouraged by your Christianity and Minimalism post. I want to do this. Less time spent on constnatly cleaning, and constantly nagging my children about the mess. More time as a family, hiking, and just spending time together. This is where we want to be. I thought it would be easy, but my heart kind of feels like it’s being squeezed when I think of just giving away stuff I spent money on! or stuff that my boys do love even though it’s not what they chose to keep- they both want t o keep EVERYTHING haha
    I need a hug 🙂 and a friend like you to come and tell me to just do it!

    • Rachel on 11/17/2013 at 1:42 AM

      Well, here I am saying “Just do it!” 🙂
      I know it’s hard. Start small- get rid of a couple things a day. It gets easier as you go. Sometimes it’s easier to box it up, set it in the garage for a month and see if you miss it or not, if you don’t miss it, don’t look in the box- just let it go.
      Also remember that if it’s donated, other people can benefit, with either being able to use it, or it being sold to support a charity you believe in. Ours in the rescue mission.
      12 decluttering tips:

  2. Anonymous on 12/28/2013 at 2:05 AM

    You have to admit…..there’s irony in a list of books that will help you declutter. 😉

    • JaeJ on 02/09/2015 at 6:10 AM

      haha, touché, touché.

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