Live Simply: The Best Books to Help

tammy strobel, rowdykittens, booksNo matter how big or small your home, it's easy to fill that space with excess stuff. And if you aren't careful stuff can easily clutter up your apartment, mind, and leave a big dent in your wallet.

So if you're thinking about purging excess stuff from your life, consider checking out these books for help in how to start living more simply:

1. "Unclutter Your Life in One Week" by Erin Rooney Doland

"Unclutter Your Life in One Week" provides you with simple and easy-to-practice advice. Rooney's approach is down-to-earth and she offers a number of tips that will help you part with sentimental clutter, organize your closet, library, office, and put a stop to procrastination. Plus, Rooney doesn't focus only on "decluttering." She includes useful tips on balancing both home and work environments.

You can get daily tips at the Unclutter blog.

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"The Story of Stuff" by Anne Leonard

Anne Leonard offers a global perspective of conspicuous consumption and its human and environmental costs in her new book, The Story of Stuff. The analysis is easy to read and will change your relationship with stuff. The book is filled with actionable steps to get involved in your community and cut down on your consumption.

If you don't have time to dig into this fantastic book, be sure to check out Leonard's video.

3. "Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?" by Kate Bingaman-Burt

In "Obsessive Consumption", Portland-based artist, Bingaman-Burt examines consumerism through art. Five years ago Bingaman-Burt was faced with a lot of credit card debt and she responded by documenting her experience through drawing. Her story is unique and intriguing.

4. "The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life" by Leo Babauta

"The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life" is full of useful tips, information and inspiration. In this ebook, Leo covers everything from clearing clutter and reducing your possessions to simplifying your work schedule and living a less stressful life.

5. The Art of Being Minimalist by Everett Bogue

The "Art of Being Minimalist" will help you rethink your life choices, consumption patterns and how you see the world. Everett wrote the ebook to "help people declutter their lives, untangle their schedules, and find the freedom they've always dreamed they could have."

What are some of your favorite simplicity books?

Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.

The Ace of Space is a biweekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.

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