I’ve been pursuing a simpler life for over twenty years. I’ve experienced success and failure with simple living. There have been serendipities I could have never foreseen. There have been hindrances such as illness that were not a part of my plan. But no matter the state of life, I’ve never lost my desire for a quiet, simple life that is focused on the things that truly matter and bring me joy and contentment. A large part of that journey was shaped by a group of simple living books.
The simple living books below are ones I’ve found personally helpful while on my journey. Some have had a tremendous impact on my life, shaping my thinking in significant ways. Some were just the right pick-me-up when I needed it on the journey. There are books on the list that go in and out of print. There are newer books. Whatever they are, they are on my bookshelf.
I hope you will find inspiration in the following resources!
Please note: The inclusion of a link is not an endorsement of all its content or the author.
The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative LifestyleMargin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded LivesThe Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your LimitsYour Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st CenturyThe Yankee Way to Simplify Your Life: Old-Fashioned Wisdom For A New-fangled WorldChoosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex WorldThe Simplicity PrimerWe Had Everything But Money‘When The Banks Closed, We Opened Our Hearts’ – More Heartfelt Memories of the Great DepressionHenry and the Great Society: A novelThe Old-Time Art of ThriftThe Busy Mom’s Guide to Simple Living : Creative Ideas And Practical Ways for Making the Most Out of What You HaveGood Bye, Boise… Hello, Alaska – The True Story of a family’s move to a remote island ranchWhat’s Happening to Home?: Balancing Work, Life, and Refuge in the Information AgeFrugal Luxuries: Simple Pleasures to Enhance Your Life and Comfort Your SoulFrugal Luxuries by the Seasons: Celebrate the Holidays with Elegance and Simplicity–on Any IncomeAll New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less SpaceThe Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s WealthyA Place Called Simplicity: The Quiet Beauty of Simple LivingView from a Porch Swing: Musings on a Complicated Search for the Simple LifeFree: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters MostAbundant Simplicity: Discovering the Unhurried Rhythms of GraceClutter’s Last Stand: It’s Time To De-junk Your Life!Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills (Back to Basics Guides)Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and MoreThe Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself