It is a bit ironic when you think about it, but most of us need help to live simply. You’d think it would be easy, wouldn’t you?
For those of you who have struggled with this (and I count myself in that number), there is a now an easy resource to help you along your path.
The book is called The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life and it is written by Leo Babauta, the blogger behind the incredibly popular Zen Habits site. Leo writes about simplicity from the perspective of one who lives it. He started out in debt, with six children, a government job in Guam, and a desire to be a writer.
Over the past few years he has:
- Kissed his debt goodbye
- Quit his job to pursue writing full time
- Sculpted a healthier body through running and marathons
- Created a lifestyle that allows more free time with his family and friends
- Switched from a poor diet to a vegetarian one for better health
Leo practices what he preaches, and I love his mantra of slow and steady improvement. We have followed that advice over the past few years in our downsizing and simplification process, which led to our ability to plan this round-the-world trip. Slow and steady really does win the race!
Here is the list of all the chapters in the e-book:
- A small irony
- Notes on using this book
- What is a minimalist life?
- Overall minimalist principles
- How to become a minimalist
- Rethinking necessities
- Simplify what you do
- Clearing clutter
- Minimalist home
- Minimalist workspace
- Minimalist computer
- Going paperless, digitizing
- Minimalist travel
- Wardrobe and grooming
- Minimalist food
- Minimalist fitness
- Minimalist finances
- Finding simplicity with kids
- Dealing with non-minimalist loved ones
- Minimalism is the end of organizing
- Step lightly upon this world: on sustainability
- Other resources
At $5.99 it is a steal, especially when you note that all profits are going to the nonprofit Guampedia. Leo has written several other e-books that are extremely popular, and he is also the author of the book The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life.
Check out his blog and his e-book. I think you’ll like what he has to say and find it an inspiration in your daily life.