10 Simple Living Blogs That Changed Our Lives in 2015

Simple Living Blogs

In our final roundup of the year, we thought it would be helpful to share the blogs that have helped shape our values in 2015. There are many more we could of included in the list but these are the 10 that we still read consistently today.

There’s a good mix of pure minimalists, creatives and productivity specialists. However the underlying theme for all of these writers is the concept of less is more. They all ask the question, ‘how can I live a simpler and more meaningful life?’ It’s a great question and a question I’m sure you ask yourself as well.

Under each section, we’ve added links to our favourite posts for each blog. We hope that you discover some new resources that will ultimately help you to live a more simple life.

Becoming Minimalist

Becoming Minimalist

The talented writer behind Becoming Minimalist is Joshua Becker. This is a blog I’ve been reading for a few years now and I’m constantly impressed with the quality of posts Joshua publishes on a regular basis. He has a good mix of practical actionable tips on how to simplify, mixed with inspirational heartfelt content to pick you up when you need it the most.

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James Clear

James Clear

James Clear has one of the fastest growing single author blogs after growing his readership to over 100,000 subscribers within his first two years of publishing. After reading some of his articles, you will quickly understand why he has had so much success in a short period of time. Jame’s meticulously studies the best minds in the world and dissects information for his readers into actionable thought-provoking advice that helps form long-lasting habits.

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Be More With Less

Be More With Less

Courtney Carver is the creative writer behind Be More With Less. As the name suggests, Courtney is focused on helping others discover more of what they can be by doing less. She also happens to be a practitioner in capsule wardrobes, as showcased in her popular Project 333 program.

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The Minimalists

The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are the writers behind The Minimalists. This is a seriously popular blog that has reached mainstream media around the world. The guys do a fantastic job of telling their story of going from a “successful” consumerist lifestyle, to living a simpler life with more meaning. What I love about their blog is how they apply minimalism to their writing. Many of their posts are short and sweet – only saying what needs to be said.

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Zen Habits

Zen Habits

Leo Babauta is the down-to-earth blogger behind this ultra-popular website and we attribute a lot of our personal development to him. What we love about Leo is his willingness to experiment and try new things. He’s always testing new ways to simplify and to be more productive. He’s also a compassionate vegan, which of course, is extra brownie points in our book ;-).

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The Art of Simple

The Art of Simple

Tsh Oxenreider is the prolific writer being The Art of Simple. To be completely honest, I’ve only recently discovered her blog but have fallen in love with her posts and gorgeous design. Tsh draws upon many personal experiences and turns them into lessons for her readers. And like other bloggers on this list, she’s unforgivably honest, making it easy to relate to her. She also has a talented team of guest contributors to keep the content fresh.

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Hip Diggs

Hip Diggs

This is another fantastic blog I discovered in 2015. Dan Erickson is the creative minimalist behind Hip Diggs and I’ve had the pleasure to connect with him over email. His writing style is to the point and extremelly easy to read. He’s also prolific, having managed 4 blogs at one time and posting 10–12 times per week!

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Minimal Student

Minimal Student

Jessica Dang is the blogger behind Minimal Student. She’s not afraid to question the norms and is totally committed to minimalism. She admits that she has a slight obsession with Japan and you can certainly see the influence in her lifestyle. What I love the most about Minimal Student is the experiments Jessica posts. There’s lots of little nuggets in each case study.

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No Sidebar

No Sidebar

First of all, as a person of the internet, I absolutely love the metaphoric name behind No Sidebar. In fact when I first discovered the blog on Twitter, I thought it was a design website. As it turns out, it’s a simple living blog, and a good one at that! Brian Garnder is the man behind No Sidebar. He’s a minimalist designer by trade and has done a great job of building an editorial team for this project. I love the content, aesthetics and the message. Tick, tick, tick.

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Alexandra Franzen

Alexandra Franzen

Out of all of the blogs on this list, I’ve probably spent the most time on Alexandra’s in 2015. Her articles are informative, actionable, inspirational and entertaining. And I guess this is what you’d expect from a writer who teachers writing. On the surface, Alexandra is a creative but as you dig deeper into her archives you will find that she’s a minimalist at heart. Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I have.

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Our list of simple living blogs for 2015

So there’s our list of simple living blogs that changed our lives this year and I’m sure they will continue to serve us in the future.

Whilst there’s lots of reading to do as a result of this post, we would still love your input. Is there any simple living blogs that you love that wasn’t including on our list? If you have some favourites, please share them in the comments below.

Happy reading.

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  • Anne E. McGuigan 27/12/2015 Reply

    Hi Michael,
    Thank you for these interesting blogs. They are new to me and look very interesting indeed. Living more simply in this world is an integral part of being vegan and well worth researching through the eyes of those are happy to share their experiences.
    Anne

    • Thanks Anne. Yes, always good to learn through others experiences.Glad you found them interesting.

  • Theresa 27/12/2015 Reply

    Thanks for this list. There are a few I’ve not heard of on it. I will definitely check them out. Another site worth mentioning is Slow Your Home – (Slowyourhome.com)
    The emphasis is on her podcast but there is a rich blog archive and the podcast is outstanding. I also like The Minimalist Baker (minimalist baker.com). It’s a lovely vegan site of promoting the use of simple, minimal ingredients. Theresa

    • No problem Theresa – glad you enjoyed the list! Yes, I’ve read and listened to the people you mentioned in the past and I’m big fans of their work. They’re also great resources for those wanting to live a simple life. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Angelica 31/12/2015 Reply

    Ooooh, excited to read some new blogs I hadn’t heard of before. Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda Warren Seely 04/01/2016 Reply

    As my husband and I approach the final third of our lives, we are 59 and 64, we find that our need for possessions has diminished significantly. Our kids are 30 and 27-they no longer need us to support them. I accomplished my number one goal which was to get the kids a college education, no debt, a car and a good credit rating! I have done those things. I no longer need to have a 60 hour a week job, though I still work the hours, just at doing a variety of things that interest me.

    I have eaten a primarily vegan diet for nearly 3 years now. I find that it can cut me out of social opportunities which are important to me so I struggle to be strictly vegan at times. Still figuring it out.

    I am looking at communal living options and other possibilities for us. I appreciate the links to different blogs, to learning to live simply and to making friends in the minimalist community. I hope to participate in your journey!

    Linda Warren Seely

    • Hi Linda,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your story. And well done on achieving your goals for your children – what you’ve done is admirable.

      We’re stoked that you’re interested in learning more from the minimalist community and we would love to see how you’re coming along in your minimalist vegan journey. So please keep checking in with us.

      Anyway, we hope you enjoy a year of simplicity.

      M & M

  • Jan Ramsey Brick 18/01/2016 Reply

    Great list Michael. I’m new to blogging and to the world of minimalism… even though I have been working on simplifying my life for years. I look forward to checking out the blogs you’ve listed that I’m not familiar with. I was lucky enough to meet Joshua Becker and Courtney Carver last weekend and can say they are both as genuine and likable in person as they are in their inspiring posts. I’m happy to have found your site as well. 🙂

    • Thanks Jan! It doesn’t surprise me that they are no different in person. I just checked out your blog and it’s very well written and relatable. Have a great week 🙂

  • Curtis 18/01/2016 Reply

    Great list, thank you. I’ve been a Zen Habits fan for years and am glad to find some new and similar blogs to visit.

  • Karolina 05/03/2016 Reply

    Well well well so much new blogs that I can take inspiration form! I’m only beginning my journey to minimalism as so but I find it fascinating and the way people co working…. I love it.

    I would be happy if you could have a look in week or two how my journey goes as I writing about it on my blog.

    Thanks again for list!

    • Hi there, we’re glad you like our list of blogs. We would be happy for you to check in and update us on your journey. Great work with your blog!

  • Montana Happy 02/04/2016 Reply

    I just started a simple living blog. I hope to be on a future list someday.

    I love your blog!

    • Thank you for your kind words. Love the concepts you’re blogging about. Keep up the great work!

  • Kimberly Burkel 13/06/2016 Reply

    Great list of blogs! I really like the title of your blog “The Minimalist Vegan” and really enjoy it. As a minimalist and vegan, it definitely fits my lifestyle. Would love for you to check out my blog if you get a chance, http://www.kimberlyburkel.com. It is a minimalist blog where I also write about vegan diet and financial freedom. Keep up the great work!

    • Hi Kimberly, thank you for your kind words! It’s always cool to connect with other minimalist vegans. Checked out your blog and love how authentic and relatable you are. Keep spreading those compassionate and simple vibes. All the best. M & M x

  • Bernadette 10/10/2016 Reply

    Wow! This post is so helpful i am currently on my way to minimalism and blogs like these help me. I am currently following becoming minimalist on facebook and he is awesome! And i am also following minimalist on youtube like rachelaust , jennymustard and tarawhitetalks. Hope you can also visit my blog. I am currently posting some tips to help struggling minimalist like me. Here’s the link porcelainchild.blogspot.com

  • lloyd 22/09/2017 Reply

    I was looking for simple living blogs and I came up ended in this site. It has a good list though for anyone who are looking to be a minimalist. Actually, I am into sustainable living looking for blogs like this, but of course with the thought to help other people in facing challenges in life.

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