Become a Minimalist: 10 Blogs You’ve Gotta Check out
When it comes to web design, it’s often the case that less is more. This is also the case for other everyday decisions. If you don’t need to make something complicated, why do it? Minimalism can save you time, and if you are a web designer, graphic designer, freelancer, or a business owner, it can make you more profitable while freeing up time to do more of what you love.
Some websites like Amazon or other retail websites can’t afford to have a minimalistic look, because the user needs to be able to access a lot of different information on every page. However, if you can afford to have a website that is minimalistic, you should have one.
If your website is a simple blog, keeping it minimalistic will keep your visitor’s attention. People visit many different websites every day. If yours has too much clutter, they may not want to spend the time figuring all of it out.
Overall, minimalism saves you time and saves other people time. If you are working on a project of any nature (not just web design), you should do it in such a way that it’s as simple as possible. It’s easy to forget that all that matters is for a project to satisfy its requirements. Working in this way can save you time, and it can save other people time, as your work will be easier to interpret.
If you want to become a minimalist, either as a web designer or in other aspects of your life, you should check out the following blogs. These blogs are designed in a minimalistic way and written by authors who are interested in the minimalistic lifestyle.
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus run this blog. The blog itself is a great example of minimalism, featuring simple black text a white background. A gray line in between each post accentuates the posts. The posts are rather skinny and centered on the page. Any images embedded into the blog are grayscale. All of the contact and background information is at the top of the blog, including links to social media websites. Millburn and Nicodemus have a book on minimalism that you can purchase for $1. They also provide services and mentoring, such as on how to start your own blog.
Value of Simple is run by Joel Zaslofsky, a husband, father, and obsessive organizer and simplifier. Zaslofsky has a podcast where he promotes tools that help people simplify their own lives. His motto at the top of the page is “liberate your time, money, and talent.” Zaslofsky sells guides that can help his readers organize and simplify.
3. Raam Dev
This blog has a design similar to The Minimalists with black text on a white background. The content is also centered, with a lot of white space on the sides of the page. Gray lines separate posts. Yet, Raam Dev, the author of the blog, also experiments with large fonts for post titles. Dev posts insightful content for his readers that will encourage them to think about serious topics. He also provides links to essays, journals, and other resources at the top of his blog.
This blog is focused on lifestyle minimalism. The author is a 20-something year old woman who applies minimalism at every opportunity she gets. She values minimalism because it allows you to not have to worry about intricate, unnecessary details. The blog itself is minimalistic in design, featuring purple headers and a purple navigation bar, with posts laid out in a grid.
This blog focuses on how to be happier with less stuff. Owning less means that you pay less. This advice can potentially help you get out of debt. The author of the blog is Courtney Carver. She is interested in writing, photography, yoga, reading, cooking, hiking, and skiing. Despite all of these hobbies, she is focused on spending as little money as necessary.
Unclutterer gives readers tips on how to clean and organize homes and offices. It focuses on making the best of the space that you have by removing things that are unnecessary. Several people maintain this blog, with Erin Doland as the editor-in-chief. She was previously a pack rat, but upon moving into a small 850 sq. ft. apartment with her husband, learned how to organize and simplify her belongings. Her goal is to help you do the same.
Trudy Slabosz runs this blog. She focuses on lifestyle minimalism and posts content to motivate and inspire her readers. As a vegetarian, she emphasizes reconnecting with the earth, along with yourself and people important to you. The simplicity that she advocates is sustainable.
Colleen Madsen is the author of 365 Less Things and tries to inspire and teach her readers how to reduce clutter in their lives. She is frugal in nature, and this trait helps her get rid of objects that she doesn’t need easily. For inspiration, she has before and after shots of rooms that were decluttered. She also provides decluttering guides and eco tips, along with a variety of other information that can be used to simplify homes or offices.
Francine Jay runs this blog. She focuses more on lifestyle minimalism than visual minimalism. This includes decluttering physical spaces to save time and energy in the long run. Jay is interested in ridding herself of all of the objects that she does not use. She has written two books on the subject, which can be found easily on her blog.
10. Zen Habits
This blog is very minimal, featuring black text on a white background. The main page has two links at the top, one directs users to posts on decluttering and the other directs them to posts on breathing, metaphorically. The author is Leo Babauta and his blog was declared one of the Top 25 blogs of 2009 by TIME magazine. He focuses on lifestyle minimalism and chronicles life decisions he made to simplify and organize his life, including paying off debt and losing weight.
Don’t let the austerity of minimalism turn you off.
Though becoming a minimalist means that you will have fewer physical luxuries, this simplicity is an even bigger luxury. As people purchase more and more stuff, simplicity and organization has become hard to come across. Try simplifying and organizing your workspace first. You will likely notice an increase in productivity.
After that, you can try to simplify your life to make it more enjoyable. Always remember that materialism won’t make you happy. Many go through their entire life fulfilling an empty hole with crap they don’t really need. Then, right before they leave this earth, they realize their mistake. Don’t be naive. Realize this now. Start reading the articles on these blogs and I guarantee you will start seeing thing differently.