By A. Cadwell | Updated January 2016
Resources For Living Simply & Intentionally
It takes a certain level of intention to be unplugged, to peel away from our screens, to pause the busyness of our day to day and devote ourselves to the slow and simple things. We too quickly forget about all we have in search for the constant more. We rarely take the time to declutter or even to simply savor a meal. Numerous studies show that people who focus on the experience of the present moment are far happier than those who are constantly multi-tasking.
Practicing a lifestyle of mindfulness, simplicity and thankfulness helps to remind us of all the beauty in our present life and keep us from piling meaningless things and activities into our routines. These 14 minimalist blogs are wonderful for helping us to get back to the basics - for remembering how to slow down and live a fulfilled life, to consume less and create more.
#1. The Minimalists
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff. These guys bring humor and satire into their blog, The Minimalists, which reaches over 4 million readers. They preach that minimalism is a tool that can assist us in finding freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around, and allow us to make lifestyle decisions more consciously and more deliberately. You can read about experiments like paring down your stuff, getting rid of your TV, living with enough, and questioning what you own.
#2. Be More With Less
Courtney Carver's blog Be More With Less is about simplifying your life and really living. Through decluttering, and focusing on the best things instead of all the things, she encourages readers to live with more savings and less debt, more health and less stress, more space and less stuff, and more joy with less obligation. Check out her article on 25 Ways to Simplify Your Life in 10 minutes or less or 7 Tiny Steps for the Beginner Minimalist.
Mindful is the place to go for information and inspiration on living mindfully. Studies show strong correlations between practicing mindfulness and positive benefits for our health, happiness, work, and relationships. The website and print magazine shares personal stories, news, and practical advice for living in the present. Check out their Mindfulness Meditation: Guided Meditation to get started.
Caroline Rector's blog, Un-Fancy is one of my personal favorites as it cuts right to heart of having far too much clothing and constantly feeling the need to buy more clothes. She blogs her way through her capsule wardrobes - mini wardrobes of versatile pieces. Check out her article How To Build A Capsule Wardrobe.
#5. Exile Lifestyle
Colin Wright's blog served as a starting place for Joshua from The Minimalists who stumbled upon it in 2009. Colin's blog, Exile Lifestyle, has inspired many to rethink their lifestyles, taking a harder look at what brings true happiness and fulfillment. A world traveler and a writer through and through, he knows how to spark a thoughtful conversation on a variety of topics from reevaluating your baseline, to letting go of "the one" complex.
#6. Zen Habits
San Fransico-based vegan, runner, and dad of six kids, Leo Babauta, is the creator of Zen Habits, named one of Time's best 25 Bogs. Zen Habits features articles on simplicity, health & fitness, motivation and inspiration, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, getting great things done, and living in the moment. Read his recent insights on The Transformative Power of Gratitude and How Not To Do It All. Also check out his other blog, mnmlist.
#7. Becoming Minimalist
Joshua Becker and his family give their honest and down to earth approach towards minimalism in his blog Becoming Minimalist. In removing the possessions from their home that are not essential, their family has found new opportunity to spend their time, energy, and finances on the things that are most important. Read The 10 Most Important Things To Simplify in Your Life and 35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget.
#8. Minimalist Baker
Wife-husband team, Dana and John, create recipes that consist of 10 ingredients or less, require a single spoon or bowl, or takes 30 minutes or less to prepare for their blog, Minimalist Baker. They bring a design and photography background to their work for a stunning visual simplicity. Check out their creative recipe for Chickpea Shawarma or their 2 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles.
#9. Practising Simplicity
Jodi is a writer, photographer and yoga teacher living on the east coast of Australia. Her blog, Practising Simplicity weaves wonderful tips and insightful reflections for simple food, home, life, body and parenting with beautiful photography and images. Read her recent post on Creating A Stable Family Home or her simply practical tips on Skin Care.
#10. Break The Twitch
Anthony Ongaro and his wife Amy live in Minnesota and blog their experience working towards lifestyle goals of traveling more, being location-flexible, and having the freedom to work on their passions. Anthony is on a mission to Break The Twitch to buy more, do more, and obsessively check our phones, social media, and other constant interruptions that distract us from being present in our daily lives. Check out his article on Making Your Life Less Convenient or his experience in a Sensory Deprivation Tank.
#11. The Mindfulness Project
The Mindfulness Project is home to a mindfulness center in London that serves as a hub for learning to meditate and practice mindfulness. Their Mindfulness Project Blog is a great way to begin to learn the benefits of practicing mindfulness and covers topics like Using Mindfulness When Things are Beyond Our Control or Communicating Mindfully When We Are Upset.
Evelyn shares about her young family's journey to live modestly, frugally, and green in her blog, Smallish. Mom to four kids, Evelyn writes about living with a small budget, a small footprint, and in a small space… and with a large family. Read her perspective on What Makes the Cut When Downsizing and How To Make Your Home Work For You.
#13. Tiny House TaLK
The Tiny House Movement is a trend that emphasizes getting our needs met from our homes (and not much more), while living simply and making decisions consciously. Alex Pino shares his passion for living smaller and being more purposeful on his blog, Tiny House Talk. Check out these Tiny Houses and Tiny House Q&A.
#14. Blonde on a Budget
This girl is for real. Cait started her blog to document her journey towards becoming debt free but through that process she adopted a more minimalist lifestyle and has been documenting her journey on her popular blog, Blonde On A Budget. Read about her Year Long Shopping Ban (she is currently in her second year-long shopping ban) and check out her Template for Mindful Budgeting.