65 minimalist apps, brands, services & more resources
Here’s an edited selection of apps and other resources that will streamline and elevate your life.
This article was originally about 31 minimalist apps but, given its popularity, we’ve expanded it to include over 65 minimalist apps, services, brands and other resources.
There are many ways you can streamline your life as we outline in our comprehensive guide to minimalist living.
However, sometimes all it takes it that one service, be it an app or a brand, that brings about life-changing benefits.
The problem is finding out about them after you've already gone about things the hard way. Which is why we created this list for you.
Building on the unexpected popularity of this viral article, we decided to turn it into a more robust directory of resources across multiple lifestyle and design categories.
We want you to have a single destination for exploring and shopping an edited collection of apps, brands, tools and services that streamline and elevate your standard of living.
We in no way believe you need to use all of these resources. If you only find one or two that are relevant that's all that matters.
On the other hand it is not an exhaustive list so bookmark this page as it is updated frequently as we receive and consider your feedback.
Though we may earn a small compensation from select affiliate relationships, the list is entirely based on honest assessments compiled from reader surveys, extensive research and our own personal experience.
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Any entry into the directory is evaluated for both beauty and utility, i.e. a clean visually appealing interface plus a practical solution or aid for common goals and challenges.
We also took into consideration how well these resources embodied certain design philosophies, such as Feng Shui.
Organized by key life themes, we hope this is useful in helping you discover resources that support your simple living journey and enhance your appreciation for minimalist design.
Here, we start with our featured list plus highlights of a subset of favorite apps and resources from the entire directory.
At the end we provide a link to the complete listing where you can browse all 65 according to five themes (in alphabetical order):
Business and Blogging
Design and Style
Money and Personal Finance
Self-care and Self-help
Travel and Culture
Featured Apps & Resources
After populating the directory we recognized that there were a few resources that unanimously stood out for either their intuitive design and user-experience and/or the overall usefulness of the service itself.
This shortlist represents our top picks due to innovation in their industry, excellent reviews and consumer trust, or simply being an all-in-one (a brand or service that also offers an app) that kept coming up amongst our team and in our research.
There's not much we can say about Everlane that hasn't already been said.
It's become a household name for millennials who love being basic and who want to support peers running startups that just get it.
Everlane provides quality minimalist style and capsule wardrobe staples at a good price. Plus their digital presentation is completely on-point with a minimalist easy-to-navigate website and sleek app.
Everlane fills that middle ground in the apparel industry that, up until their launch, had gone almost completely untapped.
This is our go-to for inspirational masterclasses courses from creative experts.
It is an incredible instructional platform — offered via app or web — that empowers you to master your current craft or learn something new.
All of the courses are in the form of in-depth and highly engaging videos from heavy hitters in their field.
You can purchase a discounted membership or buy courses a la carte.
Our favorite course on the platform is Designing Your Life taught by New York Times bestselling Stanford professors.
Designing Your Life applies the innovative design thinking process to building and evolving your work so that it is incredibly fulfilling.
According to studies you need to incorporate a minimum of 30 minutes of movement each day into your self-care routine.
This would ideally be via moderate-intensity activities that incorporate a mix of aerobic, stretch, and strength exercises.
An easy way to meet these requirements is with a subscription to ClassPass as their innovative app and membership program has completely changed the way people exercise.
ClassPass turns an activity that many do with disdain and dread — going to the gym — into a fun way to experiment with different ways of being active.
The ClassPass subscription gives you access to workout classes offered by many different studios and gyms in your area.
Instead of you having to hold several high-priced gym contracts, you only need one ClassPass membership to access participating studios.
Business & Blogging
Within the simple living space business is often a neglected theme.
However we, as a team of creators and entrepreneurs, recognize the need to streamline your work just a much as other areas of your life, if not more.
For most, your business or profession is where you spend the bulk of your time each day.
So we curated this list to help you be efficient and get more out of the energy and effort you exert.
We are utterly obsessed with Acuity. This is the best appointment scheduler on the market — period.
Simple, user-friendly yet powerful with a rockstar customer service team to help if you ever need them.
Pretty much everything can be managed via their app which is a scaled down version of their awesome web service.
Their all-in-one platform integrates with Stripe and Paypal. So, in addition to scheduling, you can automatically accept payments (for instance, if your calls are for services, consulting or coaching).
Acuity also integrate with dozens of other services and platforms including bookkeeping services like Freshbooks and websites like Squarespace.
Everyone has an opinion about which website platform to use — as creators and entrepreneurs, we are loyal to Squarespace.
It has the most beautiful templates and all of the features are integrated into the platform so no messing around with widgets and plugins.
They also integrate email campaigns, pop ups, analytics and other marketing capabilities right into the service.
Plus your entire website can be easily managed and updated via their highly ranked app.
It's by far the easiest way to get a blog or business website up and running in days instead of month.
This is an affordable all-in-one suite of tools for freelancers, solopreneurs, consultants, coaches or anyone that does contract work.
From contracts and invoices to timekeeping, it has everything you could possibly need to run your independent business.
We especially like the app which streamlines the time tracking and expense logging process.
If you are looking to boost your productivity as a creative or entrepreneur it’s worth checking out Bonsai’s free trial to see how the platform can work for you.
Design & Style
Within the minimalist design and style category we first contemplated key areas where having high-quality essentials could completely transform the way you feel throughout the day.
We then sought out brands and resources with outstanding design that made it easy for you to bring about the desired transformation no matter if it’s in the office, home or closet.
We can't live without our Bose speakers or noise-cancelling headphones with their premium sound quality and unrivaled design.
As frequent travelers, these headphones are life savers when you want to drown out the noise on a flight to read or nap.
Bose also offers a range of other top ranked portable and home sound products such as their acclaimed speakers.
On top of excellent engineering and great design, they have a series of apps that let you control and customize the devices.
Havenly offers on-demand interior design services at an affordable price.
You can literally design your home from your laptop or phone using their quite lovely app.
The way it works is simple: upload photos of your room, correspond with an interior design consultant and get back expert guidance on how to upgrade your space.
Some of their preliminary advice is actually free — you don't pay unless you need their advanced services — plus you’ll get a curated list of places to shop with preferred pricing.
Money & Finance
Since financial security is directly linked to feelings of growth and progress, we see it as one of the most important categories to simplify.
These apps and services take the complexity out of managing your money and building your wealth.
There are a bunch of new age auto investing services that assist with a helping you reach your financial goals.
Wealth Simple is amongst the leaders of the pack with zero-maintenance portfolios, expert advisors and low fees.
Their differentiation is that they use Nobel Prize winning investing principles to personalize a low-cost investment portfolio.
Plus they have a $0 minimum meaning anyone with any amount of money can get started.
That’s all awesome but the app is what sold us.
User-friendliness is a must when it comes to money management and their app is beautifully designed and simple to navigate.
Self-care & Self-help
Staying committed to self-care and personal growth is not as easy as it seems.
Life often gets in the way of our wellness goals and sometimes adds stressors that impact our physical and mental health.
We compiled this list of brands and services that make it easy to stay on top of the healthy routines and habits that lead to you looking and feeling good, inside and outside.
Blue Apron makes cooking fun and easy as an alternative to eating out.
They provide you with all the ingredients that you need to make a delicious meal at home.
The meal kits are farm-to-table and come chilled so they stay fresh during delivery.
Blue Apron also has an award-winning app with over 20,000 ratings, that helps you track deliveries, store favorite recipes and watch how-to cooking videos.
For the spiritually inclined this is an amazing destination for inspirational and informational courses, videos and articles on mindfulness, meditation, yoga and more.
What's notable about Gaia is that they are content kings. They have thousands upon thousands of videos all available for streaming via web or app.
Travel & Culture
Leisure activities are important contributors to a happy and well-balanced life.
And for many, travel and cultural activities make up the bulk of your hobbies and interests.
This list highlights a selection of our all-time favorite tools and brands that make it a joy to engage in the pastimes we love.
This is our go to website for very well-curated boutique and luxury hotels at fair prices, especially when searching on Airbnb and Booking becomes annoying.
If you don't care about hotels this isn't for you. If you are particular about where you stay, then this free-to-use website, or their streamlined app, is essential.
Their team of sophisticated travelers actually goes and vets these hotels to be sure the quality is outstanding.
Then they provide detailed photos, thorough reviews and negotiate the best prices to help you make an informed decision.
As frequent travelers this website has yet to fail us. It provides access to airport lounges all over the world, which is a godsend when you have long layovers between connecting flights.
Their app ranks in the top 100 of the travel category with tens of thousands of reviews.
That's because you can access over 1200 lounges no matter what status you have (or don't).
Whether or not lounges continue to accept these on demand lounge services is up in the air. We’re hopeful as it makes travel much more pleasant.
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Explore all 65 of the best apps, brands and services featured for their minimalist design and ability to simplify your life.
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