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10 Resources to Boost Your Simplicity Journey to the Next Level

10 Resources to Boost Your Simplicity Journey to the Next LevelSimplifying is hard work. There, I said it. You may be used to reading about the benefits of simplifying your life — more time, more energy, less cleaning, less stress, more money. It can be easy to spend our time dreaming about the benefits of simplicity while ignoring the hard work it’s going to take to get there. The decluttering. The schedule cuts and revision of to-do lists. The budget. The cleaning. Thinking about these things can suck the energy right out of you, delaying your much-desired simpler life yet again.

You may also know the “how” of simplicity. The basic steps of how to declutter. How to spring clean. How to make a budget. How to say no to requests you don’t have time for. Knowledge isn’t action, though, and we can get bogged down in the knowing without the doing.

That said, I think it’s important to surround yourself with inspiration to stay motivated to accomplish your goals. The right sources of inspiration can give you not only the knowledge but the enthusiasm to do something with that knowledge. Enthusiasm leads to energy, and energy + knowledge = action.

Make time to read a book, read a blog, listen to a podcast, listen to an audiobook, watch an interview — whichever medium that works best for you. The important part is to take in information and inspiration from outside sources to encourage you and give you enthusiasm for the process. Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” gave me a kick in the rear and some fresh ideas when I started to question my simplicity journey. Books by Elaine St. James inspired me when I first began getting interested in simplicity. Inspiration is so important to keeping you moving. Here are a few sources of inspiration you could check out:

  1. Book: Mommy Simplicity by Sandy Kreps (yep, me)
  2. Book: The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs
  3. Book: Living the Simple Life: A Guide to Scaling Down and Enjoying More AND Simplify Your Life, both by Elaine St. James
  4. Book: The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide by Francine Jay
  5. Blog: Be More with Less by Courtney Carver
  6. Blog: No Sidebar by Brian Gardner
  7. Blog: Zen Habits by Leo Babauta
  8. Podcast: The Minimalists
  9. Podcast: The Good List by Tsh Oxenreider
  10. Course: Uncluttered by Joshua Becker

What is your favorite source of inspiration? Do you prefer books, blogs, podcasts, or courses?

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10 Resources to Boost Your Simplicity Journey to the Next Level