6 more simple living blogs that deserve our attention

(via Kelly Exeter)
(via Kelly Exeter)

Back in 2012, Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist included Slow Your Home in a ‘blogs to watch’ post. Without drifting too far into hyperbole, that one link changed the direction of this blog and my writing. Suddenly I had people – quite a few of them – reading my words, and things have grown from there.

While my blog isn’t as widely read as Joshua’s I still like to pay it forward every year and pull together a list of simple living blogs that deserve our attention.

This year’s crop is actually very exciting to me, as I’m starting to see the ideas of simple living integrate into more mainstream concepts. One blog is all about simple, healthy food while another digs into capsule wardrobes (and soup). I feel like it’s a wonderful sign that this idea of living with less is really beginning to take hold, and to me, that’s incredibly exciting.

The simple living community is one of the most supportive and encouraging groups I’ve ever been a part of, and I hope you get as much enjoyment from these 6 blogs as I do:

Light by Coco

A self-proclaimed packing expert and capsule wardrobe genius, Coco writes and vlogs about modern simple living, time management, healthy (often vegan-friendly) meals and building a small, fashionable wardrobe. To be honest, many of the clothing choices are gorgeous but not practical for me and my lifestyle, but they don’t need to be – that’s kind of the point. I find her approach refreshing and interesting and flexible enough to adapt to my needs, which is perfect.

I like this blog because: it comes at simplicity from a different angle.

Think Big Live Simply

Becs is living the dream. (Well, my dream, at least.) She is a permaculture designer and market garden veggie grower, living most days up to her elbows in some form of green. A self-confessed garden nerd and simple living enthusiast, Becs writes beautifully and mindfully about what it is to be completely present in our days. She is passionate about the life she is building, and that passion comes through in her writing and her gorgeous photography. And living a mindful life with passion is what simple living is all about, right?

I like this blog because: it speaks to my inner garden nerd and fills me with energy, gratitude and positivity.

Minimal Student

I’m relatively new to this blog, but really love Jessica’s approach to simplicity. She writes about travel, goals, fitness, mindfulness, gratitude and simplifying – all through the lens of someone who is constantly learning and improving. I find that really refreshing and honest – after all, we’re all just learning aren’t we?

I like this blog because: it’s upbeat, honest and reflective. And it encourages me to keep learning and improving.

One Empty Shelf

Sal is a minimalist on a mission. 2015 is her second go-around with Buy Nothing New for a Year, and I am really fascinated to watch her progress. She is interested in permaculture, self-sufficiency and the sharing economy, as well as simplifying. She has already written very honestly about her first year of buying nothing (you can read about it here and here) and the struggles, both emotional and practical, that she faced. It’s wonderful to have your thoughts on the status quo challenged, and reading this blog does just that.

I like this blog because: it challenges me in a very positive way.

The Simple Kitchen

Real food. Simply made. Sounds perfect! Since going vegetarian I have occasionally struggled to find interesting, healthy options that don’t require me to spend hours in the kitchen. And then I found Chelsea’s blog, which balances healthful and nutritious recipes with interesting and simple ingredients. So while it’s not strictly about simple living, it certainly is about simplicity in the food we eat. And for me, that is a huge part of taking simple living from being just about decluttering, to being about how we live our entire lives – including the food we eat.

I like this blog because: Chelsea doesn’t subscribe to fad diet or labels. She just makes real food, simple.

A Life Less Frantic

You won’t find a more authentic and honest blog than this. Kelly writes about mindfulness and positivity, as well as how to make our days less, well…frantic. She writes amazing manifestos about simplicity, including this one (my favourite) and advocates kindness and compassion. This is a BS-free zone and it’s a breath of fresh air every time I read her words. If you need some food for thought when it comes to how your days unfold, both internally and externally, then you should check this blog.

I like this blog because: Kelly always stokes my brain fire. She’s always asking questions and is never afraid to put herself out there on the page, all in an effort to slow down and connect with what really matters.

Are there any simple living blogs you’re loving right now? I’d love to hear about them and discover some more simplicity advocates doing their thing on the web. Feel free to share below. 

Also: Beyond the To Do List

Last week I was interviewed by Erik Fisher of Beyond the To Do List – a podcast about the people behind the productivity.

It’s genuinely one of my favourite podcasts to listen to, so when I was invited to be part of it, I jumped at the chance.

Erik and I have a great chat about rhythm and routine, tilting and why it’s OK to not do it all.  You can listen to the episode here, or download it via iTunes, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.


29 Responses to 6 more simple living blogs that deserve our attention

  1. Hi Brooke!

    Thank you so much for this list! I love reading about all the different people who are involved in the simple living and minimalist lifestyle and how each person adapts it to their life. Maybe I will be on the list at some point. ;-)

  2. I love intomind.com, The Nife en l’air. My friend Cathy’s YouTube hellocathy is also great. She just started a minimalism tag :)

  3. Thank you so much Brooke for such kind comments, absolutely thrilled that One Empty Shelf is included amongst such fantastic company! Being minimal and living simply is such an interesting and rewarding journey, it’s amazing to read other’s ideas and experiences. Thank you so much for making this list :-D

  4. Thanks so much Brooke for sharing these simple living blogs and I’ll be sure to check them out – just as I checked out your blog when Joshua Becker shared your information :)
    One of my favourites is Claire from England who blogs at Just a Little Less.

  5. I live in an area where simple living doesn’t exist (yet!). I depend on blogs like yours and the above for support. You and your recs are appreciated! Thank you!

  6. Hi Brooke,

    Thanks for the collection of links. I’ve enjoyed following your blog for a while now and it was great to hear another Aussie accent on Erik’s podcast! Your conversations with him on tilting and rythm have given me some things to think about, so thanks for that as well.

    Please keep up the great work. I hope 2015 is a great one for you and yours.

    Warren Thrush

  7. Thanks for sharing these wonderful sites. I’m am new to blogging and have become very interested in simple living. I like how you pay it forward by highlighting these other blogs, among other things.

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