Throughout 2017 I found out a lot of information about minimalism, living in the moment, health and figuring out what is important in life. I really feel as though my mindset has changed throughout the year from watching various documentaries, YouTube videos, reading blog posts and reading a couple of different books. 
With it being the start of a new year, I thought that I would share some of the top reads that really changed my mentality for the better. Each of these books have really inspired me and altered my mindset in regard to materialist possessions. They have allowed me to let go of clutter, needless worries, and embrace what is important to me.    


I read this book at the start of the year, after having read a fair amount of information about minimalism. I really liked the concept of only having what I needed, reducing the amount of stuff that I owed and learning to live with less. 

Marie Kondo has written this book, which breaks down your possessions into categories, and explains how to de-clutter and tidy.  I really enjoyed reading this book and it truly inspired me to reduce my home. As you may already know, I recently moved from a two-bedroom house in York to a one bedroom flat in Leeds. It was a struggle to move and condense everything to fit, but having read Marie’s book earlier in the year, it certainly helped the process. 

I was amazed at how much ‘stuff’ we still had even after we moved and James and I are both still on a mission to condense and de-clutter further. We are also going traveling for 6 weeks come March and so I think that I will read this book again to help me prep for the most minimalistic travel bag I can pack. 


As soon as I picked up this book I literally could not put it down and finished it in a matter of days. John Naish examines all different aspects of modern day life and claims that we need to measure when we have had enough. He explores the themes of social media, advertising, materialist possessions and food to name a few. He breaks each category down and looks a why we as people become all consuming and constantly strive for more, whilst constantly promoting the message that we need to learn when enough is enough. 

Naish looks at the current obesity crisis, claiming that we need to learn to say enough to food and make our society healthy. He explores the idea that social media can be damaging as we strive to have that picture perfect life that people project online. He discusses the excessive need for storage units because people have so many possessions that they can longer fit them all inside their homes. Ultimately his message is that enough is enough, we need to change our way of thinking and measure our lives in a different way. 

I found this book extremely thought provoking and it has definitely made me look at my life in a different way and has changed my mentality for the better. 


Although this book doesn’t discuss minimalism, de-cluttering or getting rid of things, it is focused on embracing the idea of Hygge; a Danish concept of enjoying life, comfort, time with friends and loved ones, and taking time for yourself and doing what brings you joy.

I really enjoyed reading this book and dipping into it every now and again over the course of the year. I then read it again cover to cover before Christmas. It explores the idea that we should all spend time doing things that we enjoy and that we should take enjoyment from the little things in life. 

I loved the self-love that this book promotes. It is all about being calm, winding down and living life in the moment. It has inspired me to turn the TV off, light some candles and read a good book. It has taught me to sit and enjoy my meals rather than mindlessly eat before rushing off somewhere. It has allowed me to think that it is ok to be a homebody and enjoy time by myself at home, that I don’t need to be sociable all of the time and be out of the house 24/7. It has justified that I can have time to myself without the feeling of being selfish, unproductive or lazy. 

Understandably, not everyone wants to reduce their possessions, live a more minimalistic lifestyle or change their mindset. However, each of these books are really interesting reads, and I feel that anyone would be able to take something from each of them. 

I really feel as though my mindset has changed for the better, and these books have made that happen. I feel more free, more focused and more meaningful, and have less stress and less worry. Not to mention I feel as though I have more time to do the things I love, I have more money as I don’t spend nearly as half as much as I did before. I feel so much happier as a person and feel as though I am starting 2018 the right way. 




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