10 Inspiring Simplicity Books Every Mom Needs to Read

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If you can only make room for one or two books for the rest of this year, let it be one of these. These books will inspire you to take a simpler approach to motherhood and life.

1. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” ― Marie Kondo

This book started a revolution with its practical tips and innovative approach to tackling the clutter in our lives. Kondo shares why it’s better to focus on categories of stuff instead of rooms, how to efficiently fold clothing and the true well-being we can experience from a tidy home.

2. The Joy of Doing Nothing by Rachel Jonat

“Rethink what is most important for the family. The laundry will get done; it always does. There will be a meal for dinner; there always is. But will there be an engaged and refreshed parent there to help the three-year-old dress himself? Will there be a focused parent at the dinner table ready to listen and respond because they took a moment for themselves in the afternoon?” ― Rachel Jonat

The Minimalist Mom, Rachel Jonat has been inspiring moms for years on the benefits of minimalist living. This book tackles mental overload and describes the wonderful benefits of doing nothing. Jonat explains how doing nothing is essential to help us feel refreshed, engaged and even productive.

3. The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life by Laurence Shorter

“Instead of doing yoga, making a smoothie or going for a run, every now + then just beditate.” ― Laurence Shorter

This little book could not be more fun or easy to read. Even if you rarely have time to read you’ll be able to finish this book. Each page is filled with illustrations and a handful of words on effortless self-improvement.

4. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

“Harmony: It’s not a competition. We already like you. There is no need to brag about your achievements.” ― Meik Wiking

The Danish concept of Hygge has been featured everywhere in recent years and with good reason. Hygge is all about comfort, connection and slowing down to enjoy the simple things in life. It’s the secret sauce that makes the Danes the happiest nation in the world year after year. Read the book and see what the fuss is about.

5. Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

“Yet simplification is not just about taking things away. It is about making room, creating space in your life, your intentions, and your heart.” ― Lisa M. Ross

If you only ever read one parenting book this should be it. This book changed my life and has supported me on my simplicity journey. The wisdom in this book is unparalleled and it will change the way you think about parenting and raising kids in our fast-paced, competitive and materialistic age.

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6. The Danish Way of Parenting by Iben Dissing Sandahl and Jessica Joelle Alexander

“Being humble is a very important value in Denmark. This dates far back in history and is a part of the Danes’ cultural heritage. This value of humility is about knowing who you are so well that you don’t need others to make you feel important. Therefore, they try not to overload their children with compliments.” ― Jessica Joelle Alexander

This easy read is jam-packed with incredible advice to make us more mindful and aware parents. The chapters include practical information on play, authenticity, reframing, empathy, no ultimatums, togetherness and hygge.

7. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Laura Markham

“The most important parenting skill: Manage yourself. Take care of yourself so you aren’t venting on your child. Intervene before your own feelings get out of hand. Keep your cup full. The more you care for yourself with compassion, the more love and compassion you’ll have for your child. Remember that your child will do every single thing you do, whether that’s yelling or making self-disparaging remarks about your body.” ― Laura Markham

True connection is the missing piece in the parenting puzzle we are faced with today. Laura Markham describes the importance of replenishing ourselves so we can give our best to our children and the science of helping children thrive through healthy attachment.

8. Present over Perfect by  Shauna Niequist

“How we live matters, and what you choose to own will shape your life, whether you choose to admit it or not. Let’s live lightly, freely, courageously, surrounded only by what brings joy, simplicity, and beauty.” ― Shauna Niequist

In short easy to follow essays, Shauna Niequist shares her personal experience of moving from chasing perfection and being constantly busy to making time for real connection and finding meaning in life. Every chapter I read had me scribbling down inspirational advice I’ve never quite found anywhere else. A worthwhile read that will make you think more deeply about giving up busy as a way of life.

9. It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh

“There’s memory clutter, which reminds you of an important person, achievement, or event from your past. I think memory clutter often gathers in the homes of people with some degree of depression. And then there’s “I might need it one day clutter, in which people hang on to stuff in anticipation of an imagined future. Among these folks, I’ve noticed a recurring theme of anxiety…Maybe it’s possible that the stuff we own and obsess over is the physical manifestation of the mental health issues that challenge our minds.” ― Peter Walsh

Peter Walsh was talking about minimalism even before it was cool. Walsh offers step by step advice on decluttering, encouragement on the simplification journey and nuggets of wisdom of why it’s just so hard to let go. This book is the perfect place to start if you’re new to minimalism.

10. Essentialism by Greg McKeown

“We overvalue nonessentials like a nicer car or house, or even intangibles like the number of our followers on Twitter or the way we look in our Facebook photos. As a result, we neglect activities that are truly essential, like spending time with our loved ones, or nurturing our spirit, or taking care of our health.” ― Greg McKeown

Finally a guide on how to balance everyday demands with your priorities and vision for your life. Take your time back, spend more time on what matters and do less of what doesn’t with the advice in this revolutionary book.

Have you read any of these books? Which one did you love most and why? Share below lovely!

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  • Reply Jessica September 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I have read number one and have number 5 but haven’t read it yet. The Joy of Doing Nothing sounds good – I will have to check it out. Thanks for all of the suggestions, I’m always looking for new books to read!

    • Reply Simply Be Mama October 3, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      You’re so welcome! Simplicity Parenting is my all-time favourite! Let me know what you think.

  • Reply Mrsg September 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I love to read! Thank you for the wonderful suggestions!

    • Reply Simply Be Mama October 3, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Happy to help!

  • Reply adore30 September 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for writing this article. I have been eager to read a new book and this list is great. I think I want to start with number 8. It definitely resonates with challenges I face and seems like the inspiration I need.

    • Reply Simply Be Mama October 3, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      I’m sure you will enjoy it! It’s a memoir and not something I usually read but I loved the down-to-earth advice that I think we could all use more of.

  • Reply Rachel September 13, 2018 at 8:37 am

    I have a friend who can’t rave enough about the book, The Magic of Tidying Up. She says it has really helped her.

    • Reply Simply Be Mama October 3, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      It’s wonderful and a great place to start if you’re new to simplifying and decluttering.

  • Reply Baby Boomer Super Saver September 18, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Great list of books! I’ve read “It’s All Too Much!” and been wanting to get to “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Your pick “Present Over Perfect” also sounds like a good one!
    You might also like “Plain and Simple: A Journey to the Amish” by Sue Bender.

    • Reply Simply Be Mama October 3, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you and I will for sure check out your recommendation. I’m always looking for good books to read.

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