If you like my blog, I think you'll love my books.
In each of them, I've edited and reorganized content I wrote for the blog, then added even more thoughts and ideas. The end results are full of information and inspiration for a minimalist life marked by purpose and gratitude.
Each book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. (With a free app, you can read Kindle books on any device, including your laptop, tablet, or phone.) Click on the embedded links to read free samples!
My newest book, Maximum Gratitude: Find Happiness and Contentment through the Habit of Giving Thanks, is a fantastic tool for bringing meaning, significance, and joy to your life every day.
We all want happiness and success. But it's hard to find satisfaction when you're driven to acquire more, do more, go more, be more. It's hard to feel blessed when you're always looking for the next big thing, instead of focusing on what you already have. But the practice of gratitude opens our eyes to all of the goodness we overlook when we're sad and suffering, or when distracted by busyness and daily annoyances. Through giving thanks, we become sensitive to the benefits and blessings that might otherwise go unacknowledged.
Part journal and part inspirational handbook, the paperback edition of Maximum Gratitude begins with a 30-day Gratitude Challenge to jumpstart your new lifestyle. Next are twelve thoughtful, informative essays plus pages which you will personalize with your own expressions of gratitude – enough for an entire year. It's a beautiful all-in-one guide that will become a storehouse of positive memories and observations you can turn to again and again.
The Kindle ebook edition does not include the Gratitude Challenge or any of the journaling pages. But the essays about appreciation, a positive outlook, finding joy in simplicity, and the nitty-gritty how-to and why-to of effective gratitude journaling can be paired with any journal you have, even if it's just a spiral-bound notebook.
I personally prefer the handbook/journal combination, but I know many of you prefer ebooks and wanted these ideas and insights to be available to everyone. A thankful mindset is life-changing!
Comfortable Minimalism: Create a Home with Plenty of Style and a Lot Less Stuff (paid link). You know, beauty is important. It makes you feel good. It makes you happier. It brings peace. This is true in the world around you and in your home environment too.
We need the shelter that our homes provide. But think about how you feel when you walk into your home. What happens to your energy and your mood? Does your home make you feel as good as it could? Does it support the quality of life you need and want? If not, why not? What should you do to make a change? These are important questions, because the answers affect you and your family every day.
With Comfortable Minimalism you can start making your home more beautiful and welcoming right now, even if you have no money to spend. Experience more open space, more natural light, and easier home care. Choose and display the items that bring you the most joy. Make small changes for a big impact.
Learn how to do a home tune-up, how to undecorate, how to make the most of fewer collections, how to fix your areas of biggest complaint, and how to start with a clean slate. Discover the colors, details, and signature touches that matter to you. From slight tweaks to a completely new look, Comfortable Minimalism is packed with ideas and projects that will make your home the stylish haven of your dreams.
The Minimalist Wardrobe: Buy Less, Choose Well, and Dress with Confidence Every Day (paid link). In the 1940's the average person owned 36 items of clothing. Today the average consumer has 120 items, with 80% going unworn. Maybe we're too influenced by brands, trends, coupons, and sales. Maybe we're bored and looking for the few moments of excitement a purchase brings. Maybe we lack confidence, and believe that stylish clothes will attract the respect and recognition of others. Or maybe we hang on to too many clothes we'll never wear again.
Whatever the reason, our closets are jam-packed, and getting dressed every morning can be an exercise in frustration. We reach for the same few pieces again and again, whether we're really satisfied with them or not.
It's a modern consumer belief that we need a large wardrobe to be "interesting." But we don't really need a huge quantity of clothing. Limits encourage creativity, and a smaller closet isn't necessarily boring or restrictive.
In The Minimalist Wardrobe you can learn:
- how to build a simpler wardrobe
- how to make decluttering decisions
- how to let your closet inspire you
- how less is more when it comes to creating your personal style
- how a signature outfit might increase your peace, poise, and productivity
. . . and more.
This little book can be your guide to a wardrobe that passes the "feel good test" and lets you wear your favorite things every day.
The Minimalist Tool Kit: Habits and Strategies to Help You Find Freedom and Happiness with Less (paid link). It seems that life keeps getting faster and more complicated, and we keep juggling home chores, work tasks, the needs of children and/or aging family members, and our own requirements for peace and fulfillment. Retailers (of course) want us to believe we can buy our way out of every difficulty, but if we've tried to do that we've just wound up with too much clutter, debt, and the feeling that we're in a race we can't win.
Clutter and busyness don't have to crowd our homes and schedules or keep us from the life we wish we were living. The Minimalist Tool Kit offers methods and mindsets to help us simplify. Far from leading to a grim or meager existence, minimalism can make our days smoother, our chores fewer, our energy greater, and our outlook brighter.
Find practical inspiration to make room for what you really want, and learn:
- how to make every day better
- how to overcome habits that keep you unhappy and dissatisfied
- how to work less and get more done
- how to make your kitchen (and the rest of your home) more spacious
- how to build a versatile yet minimal wardrobe
- how to resist unnecessary shopping
- how to cope with other people's clutter
- how to say no...
and so much more.
I'm happy to present Simple Money: Achieve Financial Peace and Abundance with Minimalism (paid link). Physical clutter can be obvious, but financial clutter, such as debt, over-spending, and a fuzzy understanding of what we owe and where our money goes can be much less apparent. When we let go of financial clutter, we create more resources to accomplish the things we really care about.
Simple Money can help you:
- discover your money beliefs and how they influence your financial decisions
- buy less and demolish debt
- create a budget that lets you meet your needs and find a way to afford your desires
- feel empowered, not poor, as you control your spending
- increase enjoyment and satisfaction without spending money
- and more!
We work too hard to wonder where all our money went. Life is better when we use money to achieve our dreams, and Simple Money can help you along the way.
Resilient: How Minimalism Helps You Cope With the Challenges of Life (paid link), was written in response to the difficulties we faced in 2020, as all of us struggled to meet the situation presented by COVID-19. This book has practical action tips, but it is also about mindset, and the power we humans have to learn and adapt to new situations. Not only during a pandemic, but any time we encounter life's challenges and difficulties, hope and resilience are our allies.
Since it's hard to be patient or flexible when we're locked into frantic schedules and hemmed in by clutter, simplifying is the way to move forward. In order to find the freedom to cope, we need lives filled with more of what we love, and less of what we don't.
Resilient will show you how to rise above the circumstances.
Uncluttered: Make Space and Time for the Life of Your Dreams (paid link). I was able to create a comprehensive handbook for a simpler life — not a one-size-fits-all approach, but a creative, multi-faceted guide to help you
- remove the stuff that's bogging you down
- create a cleaner, more spacious home that welcomes and supports you
- escape the consumer treadmill
- overcome bad habits and practice better ones
- highlight your favorite things and memories
- discover a sense of freedom and accomplishment
You can be happier with less, and Uncluttered will show you how.
If you love the winter holidays, but want to figure out how to celebrate with more soul and simplicity, you need my book, Minimalism for the Holidays: Simplify Your Celebration for Greater Meaning and Joy (paid link). By Halloween, Christmas items are already in the stores. But maybe you're dreaming of a simpler Christmas, one without canned music, packed parking lots, relentless ads, and ridiculous wish lists. Maybe you've had it with crazy schedules, plastic snowmen, and way too many cookies. You're not a Scrooge, but you definitely want a holiday with less greed, less clutter, less stress, and more love, more meaning, and more peace.
Minimalism for the Holidays is designed to be your guide to
- remove clutter and prepare your home for Christmas
- budget money and time for maximum satisfaction
- deal gracefully with difficult relationships and sad memories
- discover dozens of unique and meaningful holiday activities
- learn about the best gifts for a minimalist
- and much more!
The Minimalist Family: How You and Your Children Can Find More Joy With Less (paid link). We all want to give our children advantages, opportunities, and happiness, but nowadays it's such a challenge to keep from overloading them with toys and activities. We might actually be stunting our kids' ability to distinguish between needs and wants, or to become flexible and self-reliant. We might even be unintentionally teaching them that happiness comes with the next purchase.
Minimalism isn't just for young singles or downsizing seniors, it's for families too. The Minimalist Family offers thoughtful advice about clutter, habits, and busyness, and tackles real challenges such as homework, laundry, and daily meal preparation. It includes chapters on toys, technology, travel, and so much more.
Also look for:
The Magic of Words: Help Your Child Be a Reader for Life (paid link).
Minimalism A to Z: Find Joy, Contentment, and Purpose in Life With Minimalism (paid link).
We're all in the same boat: busy, stressed, overwhelmed, barely keeping up with the job, the house, the kids, and the chores. We shop to relax, or for entertainment; to bolster self-esteem, numb sad emotions, or become someone different and better.
Whatever the reason, we've accumulated much more than we need or even want. We're way past the point of fulfillment and feel overburdened.
Minimalism A to Z explores life with less clutter, busyness, debt, and stress. It arms you with practical strategies that help you discover and make room for the people, activities, and belongings that really matter to you, while minimizing everything else.