Author: Francine Jay
Read-alike Title(s): The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide; Miss Minimalist
Corresponding Appeals: Accessible, conversational, upbeat
Writing Profile: Like Kondo, Jay presents her own method of minimalist living in step-by-step detail. Where Kondo writes in a matter-of-fact manner, Jay’s approach to simpler living is more lighthearted. She discusses ways to tackle each room of the house as well as time-saving and shortening the to-do list in an encouraging, friendly tone.
Author: Nate Berkus
Read-alike Title(s): The Things That Matter; Home Rules
Corresponding Appeals: Reflective, engaging, descriptive
Writing Profile: Unlike Kondo and Jay, Nate Berkus writes in an intimate, narrative style about style and décor rather than organization. Berkus shares the design and stories of his home and others to demonstrate the importance of every object in our homes. His attention to detail and minimalist philosophy of living, however, will appeal to fans of both Jay and Kondo.
Author: Greg McKeown
Read-alike Title(s): Essentialism; Multipliers
Corresponding Appeals: Engaging, persuasive, inspiring
Writing Profile: Greg McKeown writes about minimalism like Berkus but from a business and self-help standpoint. Similar to Jay and Kondo, he explains his techniques systematically, but in a more engaging tone. Proponents of de-cluttering will find many commonalities between McKeown’s empowering selective criteria and the KonMari method of cleaning up.