I’m a total documentary junkie, so there really aren’t any that are off limits.  But my absolute favorites are the ones that inspire big lifestyle changes like these minimalism documentaries.

Somehow, they all manage to shed light on areas of our life that you never really thought of. They will completely change your perspective of the world!  So these documentaries about minimalism can be amazing sources of motivation if you need that extra push to change your life.

So this is for the aspiring minimalists out there! If you’re looking to downsize your life, or more importantly find more with less, this list of minimalism documentaries is for you!  All of these documentaries will inspire you in one way or another.  

So are you ready to purge your house, focus on happiness, and live more simply? Here’s where to start:


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These minimalism documentaries will inspire you to completely change your life! From clothing and happiness to consumerism and life-style choices, each one of these documentaries will impact you in a different way.


The True Cost

You will never look at your closet again after watching The True Cost.  

This documentary profiles “fast fashion,” which is the shift towards inexpensive clothing that is so cheap we view it as disposable.  

It will make you realize things about the quality (and quantity) of your clothing that you’ve probably never realized.  

And the “true cost” of these cheap clothes is even more disturbing.

Of all minimalism documentaries out there, this one is likely to have the greatest impact on how you live your life.

It’s a definite must-watch!



How big is your home?  Does it feel too small?  

How about living in a home that is less than 500 sq ft?  

That’s the cut-off for a home that is technically considered “tiny” and there are a growing number of people that are opting for this lifestyle.  

What is really inspiring about TINY is that these homes are really, really, really nice.  

They’re small because they’re supposed to be.

The idea is that as the square footage shrinks, the quality of living grows.

If you really want a documentary about minimalism, Tiny is for you!

Your life (and home) will never be the same.



Happy takes a look at just what you would think…happiness!  

By taking a look at some of the world’s happiest cultures, as well as saddest, the documentary draws some fascinating conclusions….some of which are obvious (like that things don’t always bring happiness!).  

Watching this is such a great reminder that what we work towards everyday shouldn’t be things, it should be happiness.  Which is pretty much what minimalism is all about.

This is a definite must-watch documentary for everyone!


I Am

You may have to take my word for I Am and just watch it for yourself because no description will do it justice.

This is possibly the most thought-provoking documentary I have ever watched, and one that you will probably need to repeat just for it to really sink in.  

Basically, the producer tries to prove that we are all (as in, the whole world) interconnected in a way that one community’s pain is felt by all.  

So to truly be happy, we need to help those around us.  

It’s a great message delivered in a very scientific way.  You’ll definitely be rethinking what is important to you after this one.



It has become so normal for us to just grab a bottle of water for lunch or when we’re out, but have you ever stopped to think about what happens to that bottle? Or what it took to make?

If you haven’t yet, you certainly will now!

Tapped is an extremely eye-opening documentary that shows exactly how devastating the bottled water industry has become, from the second they start draining fresh water basins to the very last stop for the bottle – often a distant shore that has seen more plastic water bottles than humans.

Tapped takes minimalism to a new level.  One that is not just for our well-being, but for the well-being of the entire planet and local communities.

This documentary is a must-watch for everyone!


Living on One Dollar

Living on One Dollar follows a group of college students who spend a summer living in a small Guatemalan City where the average income for families is less than $1 a day per person.  

A summer can in no way do justice to what a lifetime in poverty would be.

Still, this is a great reminder how lucky we are and how much we don’t need the things we want.

These guys definitely prove a good point!


Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things is the classic go-to documentary on minimalism (shocked??).

It provides a great overview of the foundation of minimalism and why it is becoming more and more attractive for people.

Both of the men profiled in the documentary left their high-powered, high-paying jobs to live with less…and are both much happier for it.


So there you have it!  The absolute best documentaries about minimalism that are sure to inspire you!  Let me know if you’ve seen any others that should be added to this list!


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These inspirational documentaries about minimalism will completely change your life! You will be able to consume less, be happier, and have more time on your hands. The impact will be completely life-changing!These documentaries about minimalism will completely change your life! It's impossible to watch and not be inspired to embrace a minimalist lifestyle. Time to update the Netflix queue!


12 comments on “7 Minimalism Documentaries that Will Inspire Change in Your Life”

  1. I have seen the minimalists and I was truly inspired although would be great if more ‘women’ were involved, and tiny houses was amazing , are they all on Netflix? I’m in my ‘minimalist ‘ process and didn’t realise what a journey it is 💖

  2. It’s really great that Netflix has increased their amount of films along these lines! If they’re doing that it must mean there is a need which reflects on what we’re hoping for as far as change

  3. Great article! Thanks for the suggestions of these five documentaries! I just added three of them (The True Cost, Happy and I Am) to my Netflix que. I saw they had very high ratings of the reviews in Netflix. Excited to see these films and keep my motivation going for decluttering, organizing and living a simple life!! 🙂

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