the simple guide to a

minimalist life

Leo Babauta

2 . Rain. also for Guampedia. Maia. Justin. Seth and for my children: Chloe.

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! FAQs! Other resources! Acknowledgements! Page 4! 5 6! 8! 10! 12 15 17! 21! 29! 35! 41! 48! 53! 60! 65! 71! 75! 81! 89! 92! 94! 97! 102! 104! 3 .Table of Contents ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Chapter! ! ! 1! 2! 3! 4! 5! 6! 7! 8! 9! 10! 11! 12! 13! 14! 15! 16! 17! 18! 19! 20! 21! 22! ! Title! A small irony! Notes on using this book! What is a minimalist life?! Overall minimalist principles! How to become a minimalist! Contentedness! Rethinking necessities! Simplify what you do! Clearing clutter! Minimalist home! Minimalist workspace! Minimalist computer! Going paperless.

If not. I hope that's good for you. right? Well. delete the book now! 4 . The content isn't minimalist. and so that means I've put a "more than minimal" amount of information into this book. I could do a book that's just a paragraph long. sure. I know it's ironic that a book on minimalism is more than a page or two long.A small irony Yes. But would that be worth your time and money? Would it help you achieve what you came here for? I wanted to create a really useful guide. and that's contradictory.

5 . It’s a series of guides on different areas that can help you explore a life of minimalism.yours will be different than mine. as you go through this process. and I’ve added some new content. I hope it’ll be a useful guide on this journey. Some is new. but much is gathered from various writings I’ve made on these topics around the web. Even still. I share my experiences and what I’ve learned in hopes that it’ll help you. Use this as a reference guide that you refer back to.they’ve been widely scattered. because on your journey you’ll find new things on each reading.Notes on using this book The first thing to note is that this isn’t a stepby-step guide that you should follow from beginning to end. I’ve put it all together in hopes that it’ll save you some time searching for good articles on these topics. and over a long period of time. Second note is some will notice that not everything in this book is new material. and I can’t prescribe exact steps you should take. There is no one single path -. I highly doubt that anyone reading this ebook has read all the articles previously published -. I’ve updated and expanded on previous writings.

A minimalist instead embraces the beauty of less.Lao Tzu 6 . of bigger is better. rejoice in the way things are. a life of contentedness in what we need and what makes us truly happy. That filling your life with busy-ness and freneticism isn't desirable. to make room for that which gives you joy. A minimalist realizes that acquiring stuff doesn't make us happy. leaving you with peace and freedom and lightness. the aesthetic of spareness. but something to be avoided.” . When you realize there is nothing lacking. It's a removal of clutter in all its forms. A minimalist eschews the mindset of more. the whole world belongs to you. That earning more and having more are meaningless. of acquiring and consuming and shopping.What is a minimalist life? It's one that is stripped of the unnecessary. of the burden of stuff. “Be Content with what you have.

Get rid of the rest. Work a little more. of boringness. Then strip your life of the non-essentials. I'm just stating what makes me happy. I wake in the morning in a room that lacks clutter.A minimalist values quality. so you have room for those important things. Figure out what makes you happy. Plan your ideal day. It's not a life of nothing. This book is meant to help you find that path. to make room for this ideal day. Others might find joy in these things. have coffee and read. Not traveling all the time. You'll need to figure out what makes you happiest. in the quiet of the early morning. in all forms. These are the things that make me happy. and it's something that's deeply satisfying. not quantity. go out for a run. And that's the key. and then write. 7 . It's a life of richness. Not buying a lot of things. nor going to parties or spending money on expensive entertainment. for the things and people you love. Your minimalist life will be different than mine. and I'm not criticizing them. in less. I'm a minimalist. Not watching a lot of television and being bombarded with ads. spend some time with my family.

8 . It's important to list them here: 1. Identify the essential. Omit needless things. your career? 3. Make everything count.Overall minimalist principles Minimalism isn't necessarily all about less. 2. What's most important to you? What makes you happy? What will have the highest impact on your life. in various forms. Notice this doesn't say to omit everything. to help you to: * Have more freedom *!Have more time *!Have more room for what's important *!Have less worry *!Have more pleasure * Be more frugal * Become greener * Become healthier The Minimalist Principles There are some key principles we'll be repeating throughout this book. Make it really count. Just needless things. make it worthy of keeping. It's a path. Whatever you do or keep in your life. It's also not an end in and of itself.

” . Put something wonderful in it. say more. editing some more. eat less. In anything you do. 5. love more. breathe more. “Fear less. and whether we really need to do it. and all good things will be yours. hope more.Swedish proverb 9 . revisiting.4. It's a constant process of editing. Fill your life with joy. but it’s always useful to examine what we do. Don't just empty your life. how we do it. Edit. Minimalism isn't an end point. chew more. edit. of course. see if you can apply these principles. whine less. There’s no need to get obsessive about it. talk less.