8 Simple Living Blogs You Will Enjoy Discovering

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.” – Arthur Polotnik

I have many people to thank over the years for the growth of Becoming Minimalist. But I typically credit this post from Zen Habits on August 12, 2009 as being the first major breakthrough for this blog. His simple link at the bottom of the post brought hundreds of new readers. And I immediately began to understand some of the key principles behind growing a blog.

On a related note, I’ve been overwhelmingly impressed with the quality (and number) of new blogs dedicated to minimalism and simplicity that have been emerging online lately. And as one who is deeply motivated by a passion for the message of living with less, I couldn’t possibly be more excited. The more writers, the quicker the message spreads. Keep on writing and inspiring!

If I can play a small role in helping these writers introduce themselves, I’m all in. Here then, are just a few of the blogs that have popped up on my radar (and reader list) in the past several months. There is no doubt in my mind, you will enjoy them too.

8 New Blogs on Minimalism/Simplicity You Will Enjoy Reading

Slow Your Home. Brooke McAlary, who has been writing for 18 months, authors a most wonderful blog dedicated to simple living. I find her writing to be intelligent, thoughtful, and encouraging. Her wonderful series on the A-Z’s of simple living keeps me engaged… and definitely looking forward to see what she does with Q, X, and Z.

Cat’s Meow. Vappu is a beautiful artist and photographer. Her writings on minimalism, simplicity, and family are deep, insightful, and calming. And her photos keep you searching for more.

The Minimalistas. Jill Gaupin has created a beautiful virtual space celebrating the minimalist lifestyle. Whether you are already living a simpler, less distracted, less cluttered, more meaningful life or you are just curious, you’ll find inspiration there.

Brooklyn to Mars. Markus shares his story of moving from New York to Chicago, discovering minimalism, and experiencing a fire that furthered his resolve to live with less. Markus is a writer that credits minimalism with helping him eliminate debt, distractions, and dependence on a job.

Midway Simplicity. Mohamed Tohami, a motivational author, speaker, and passionate living expert, once told me, “I noticed one thing in common with all these people living passionate lives, they all used simplicity to facilitate their lifestyle.” Midway Simplicity allows him to explore simplicity, share ideas with others, and experiment in his own life.

Value of Simple. Joel Zaslofsky is not new to the world of blogging, but he has shifted focus recently to further empower people to liberate their time, money, and talent.

Minimalist Baker. John and Dana have created a website that combines each of their passions: cooking, art, design, simplicity. Every recipe consists of 10 ingredients or less, requires a single spoon or bowl, or takes 30 minutes or less to prepare. Many recipes are also vegetarian or vegan friendly. It’s a Pinterest dream come true.

The Simple Year. A simple project by a self-proclaimed pretty normal middle class family who has set out to buy nothing new for one year. They are using their public blog/journal for accountability. And I think a bit more traffic (and encouragement) would help them with their goal.

Also, just recently, I have begun enjoying Money is Not Important and Buy Nothing New for a Year. And even though they didn’t really fit my criteria of being new, I did want to mention both of them.

Image: Travis Isaacs

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. Joey says

    Thanks for this list. I’d love to see more bloggers post lists like this every few months or so. Just one post and bam – 10 new, young blogs, 9 of which are new to me! (And I just discovered Value of Simple a few days ago, so it hardly counts…)

    • says

      Hi Joey,

      Good thing I have the proper context for the statement “Value of Simple…hardly counts). :) I assume you found me via my guest post here at the start of the week, but regardless, I’m happy you did.


      Wow. I don’t know what else to say. Having me on Becoming Minimalist twice in one week is, well, I’m not sure how to explain it. Suffice it to say I’m happy and feeling humble. Thank you once again.

      • Joey says

        Joel, funny when you put it that way! Yes, I think that’s how I found you. I saw that you live just a few cities over and you had some good stuff so I gave you a follow, so you’ve got one more RSS subscriber than you had. :)

  2. says

    Oh thank you so much Joshua, for including my blog in a list to share and your kind words!! I will also definitely check out each and every one of the blogs, as I love reading and being inspired by other simplicity /minimalism bloggers! Yeay for more stuff to read and people to meet!

  3. says

    Joshua, I’m so happy to see The Minimalistas listed here – Jill is doing the most awesome job spreading her message.

    And, of course, thank you so much for including Slow Your Home on such an incredible list. You have most definitely made my weekend and given me ample reading material.


  4. says

    They all look like great reads – I only knew of ‘Slow Your Home’ and was pleased to discover it recently.

    I’m looking forward to checking the rest out……BUT….You are right about there being a large number of ‘new blogs dedicated to minimalism and simplicity’. I struggle to find time to read and connect with more than a handful. Living a minimalist and simple life seems contradictory to spending time on the computer. How do you balance being on the computer and living simply Joshua? Like most people I spend my paid working hours in front of a computer…so the last thing I want to do is spend more time on the computer in the evenings. But then again I do want to connect with others who are also passionate about inspiring others to live more simply.

  5. Tina says

    Thank you Joshua! I will definitely check out these bloggers. I just found Cats Meow and love her blog and her beautiful photos.

  6. says

    Thank you Joshua for pointing out that one of the most generous things a successful blogger can do is help others on the same path. Leo from Zen Habits is one of the best examples of this action and reminds us all that when we help others get what they want, we frequently also receive what we want as well. Zen Habits is an excellent example of sharing and being open among all writers/bloggers of all types of related topics and I would love to see more of that on all our pages…

  7. says

    I love linking to fresh, new blogs through people like you who are really passionate about living with meaning. Jill created The Minimalistas as an off-chute of Joshua and Ryan of The Minimalists. She wanted a site specifically for women who want to cut out the frivolous and reveal their true life values. I highly suggest any inspired lady minimalists to check out the site and Facebook page. Thanks, Joshua!

  8. says

    Thank you for this list! I love reading new blogs on minimalism. It’s a great inspiration as I’ve just started and have been making my way into minimalism as well. :) Reading these blogs and charting my journey in my own blog has been a huge help!

  9. says

    Thankyou for this list! I’ve just started a blog and simple living is one of my central concerns….easier to write about what seems to be floating around in my head all day. Looking at your blog and the examples you gave really help me see what an established and successful blog looks like. I’ll check back often…Peter Rorvig

  10. says

    Thanks for links – 2013 is the year of embracing minimalism – it is pushing a few buttons with family members – but…. I’ve given myself one year to remove everything out of the home we do not use or like. Each day one area is being tackled. What I am most surprized about is each time we come to an area already looked at (did some in 2012) I’m ready for more to go.
    Love Leanne Nz

  11. says

    Thank you for this list! As a budding minimalist/blogger, I’m thrilled to read everything I can! Hopefully I will gain a few followers to keep me motivated as well!

  12. says

    Simply living and less hustle bustle can be appealing from the outside. But harder for some used to the material objects, services that money buys. The “crutches’ that are comfortable. For example, farming, growing your own food, knowing what is put on the family table and where it came from is huge. But farming is not glamorous, hard work or everyone would be doing it like was the case back in the 1800’s, earlier. Sometimes I wonder if being soft, spoiled makes the hunger for simple living burn strongly. But elusive because of the willingness to endure more to get less but real, simple, natural. Great blog posts!

  13. says

    Thanks for almost every other educational web page. The spot different might I am getting in which type of information and facts developed in this sort of suitable way? I own a obstacle that I am right now working on, and i have been in the look away pertaining to such information.

  14. says

    Moderation is the key and getting away from store bought, coin operated living. Being in small town rural America has its own rewards in unfiltered, natural, safe surroundings.

  15. says

    I realize this is an older post, but you may want to remove The Minimalistas from your list because their latest post encourages people to take out payday loans to buy things which seems to directly contradict the idea of minimalism and the freedom it brings

  16. Sandy Cay says

    Thank you so much for this list. Like so many, I to am interested in simplifying and uncluttering my life. And what better way to learn than with from those who have walked that path. I have turned the corner, and thanks to many wise minds, the way is more clear to me now. : )

  17. says

    Joshua, thanks for the list! I like the slow your home blog post. It’s simple and makes sense. It’s great to see so many people talking about ways to simplify your life. I write one too, but I never thought to check out others blogs until today. It seems to be in the air. Anyway, thanks for doing your part to help others find peace in their lives.

  18. says

    Hey Joshua, Ive just discovered your blog and Im finding it very interesting. Thanks for accumulating such great info- such as the Quotes through the centuries, and this post. Ive been investigating “flow states” in my life and I am just seeing the profound connection between simplicity and flow. It seem like the less “stuff” we have in every way, (possessions, thoughts, hobbies, ingredients) the less potential blockages to flow we have. Im just starting on this journey, so thanks for the wisdom. Jiro

  19. Kay says

    Thank you for these recommendations. It’s not always the easiest to find minimalist blogs, videos or posts in general that are engaging, inspiring and practical.

    Another one that is nice is Love Raw Vegan on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/user/LoveRawVeganChannel She offers helpful information on her journey in minimalism and also includes many links to helpful resources in each video too.

    Thanks again and have a wonderful day / weekend!

  20. says

    This is a sweet collection of blogs. I stumbled onto your page when checking to see how my new website was fairing on the search terms “Simple Living”. I love to connect to people dedicated to simple living. I feel like a lone star sometimes. And then I get on the internet an see how many of us there are. I am refreshed by your sharing of information as well….

  21. says

    Thank you very much for sharing the information. I am a minimalist photographer and very keen to find out about people who belong to the same domain. “Less is Always more” be it photography or following a Minimalist lifestyle.

  22. says

    Thanks for the leads :) I just started an (anonymous) photo only blog of our soon to be full time life on the road. A couple of bags, a mini kitchen, two folding bikes and 2 electric longboard (each) Living minimally has gotten us to the point where we can just go! :)
    Keep on keeping on!

  23. says

    Thanks! I feel like I’ve been reading the same minimalism blogs for the past few years – and while I’m very happy with them, I find it hard to scope out other minimalism blogs I really enjoy. Thanks for the recommendations. Will def be bookmarking a few of them :)

  24. says

    I wanted you to know that your blog inspired me to start my own on minimalist living. What a joy! And your book clutter free with kids is the number one resource for families. I have recommended it to many friends and even strangers! Thanks again for your work!

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