Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.


There are many wonderful people pursuing and promoting simplicity. Fortunately, some of them are gifted in communication and choose to encourage and inspire us with their words. I enjoy reading their perspective. I’m sure you will too.

So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea on this beautiful weekend. Find a quiet moment. And enjoy some encouraging words about finding more simplicity in your life today.

The Powerful Difference Between Organizing & Decluttering | The Art of Simple by Tsh Oxenreider. You really, really don’t need a lot of stuff.

How to Make Money Buy Happiness | Mr. Money Mustache. Every single dollar you manage to keep for yourself contributes to your well-being.

No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids | Zen Habits by Leo Babauta. Bring them along for the ride, and have an amazing time together.

How to Simplify Your Life in 5 Minutes a Day | LinkedIn by Greg McKeown. Life is fast and full of opportunity. The complication is we think we have to do everything.

Look Up | YouTube (4:58) by Gary Turk. Look up from your phone. Shut down the display. Take in your surroundings. Make the most of today.

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Joshua Becker

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Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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  1. says

    I shared the Look Up video this week, such an impact. We are not very “cellphone people”. I get reprimanded all the time about how my celly is always dead at the bottom of my bag. When I call people, they always ask me why I didn’t text. This video is exactly why!

    Thank you for the lovely selection of readings. I will be checking them out for sure!

    Have a wonderful week-end.

  2. says

    Thank you for these! While preparing for the arrival of our children I often wonder how we will ever manage to keep clutter down… No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids was just what I was looking for (as well as your own book, of course!)

    I loved number 7, the bit about talking to other family members about our journey. We (my husband and I) have decided to not just say it, but write it. We are writing a letter for all extended family to ask them to NOT give us things. We are explaining why and have asked that if people do want to give us things, books and plants (for our very big garden) are the things we would prefer. Toys, clothes and other “child accessories” we would like to keep to a minimum…
    Who knows if it will work, but we have tried!

  3. says

    “Look Up” is quite a sensation. Powerful words, captivating visuals and probably resonating with people quite easily and in so many different ways. It also was interesting to see its social shares and who actually wanted to spread the word and raise awareness for being present…
    I mean it’s somewhat alarming to see how much people actually seek distraction, are captured by a tiny display and actually “attached” to that little devices.
    So yes, we should certainly reconnect to our surroundings and in a way to our inner selves as well…

    Thanks for the weekend inspiration Josh and have a fabulous one!

  4. says

    Thanks for this bundle of reading material for this weekend’s quiet moments, Josh!

    I just finished a little series on blogging and wanted you to know that you are one of 5 bloggers whose work I honored …

    ‘There’s a lovely uncrowded spaciousness, a distinct lack of visual overstimulation, an expansive lightness that allows these oasis crafters’ messages to shine front and center.’

    The way you’ve chosen to live your life is impacting many. Including me …

  5. says

    Mr Money Mustache has to be one of the best blogs out there. I had somehow completely forgotten about it. Thanks for reintroducing them. That post is amazing too.

  6. David Y says

    Thanks for the links Joshua. Some good thoughts there.

    Look Up is an important message. Heard a story recently from Britain about young children who were adept at using their iPad’s, but were unable to stack a set of building blocks. They had not developed the manual dexterity to do that simple thing. We need to put the devices down once in a while and go out and live life. But, I think most of Joshua’s readers already know that.

  7. says

    Thanks for sharing. The Look Up video rocked my world. YES!!! I’ve been saying that for years, and judging from the 38 million views, I’m not the only one thinking it!

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