Getting serious about simplicity.

Bean Pot Press is all about simplicity & minimalism! The key to happiness is not in the bottom of a shopping bag. Our site is chocked full of resources, life-changing advice, inspiration, and motivation inspired from 45 years of studying and living voluntary simplicity. The paradigm-shifting perspectives found here will help you to get rid of all the clutter in your life – physical, mental, and emotional. Join us on the road to happiness and freedom!

Bean Pot Press is more than just a website – it’s also the publishing press behind such great titles as Lilabean, Bertabean, and ENUFF: Eliminating the Needless, Useless, Foolish, and Frivolous. Located in Virigina, it is run by Kate Carpenter.

About Kate Carpenter


My first year of college, I read a book called Living Poor with Style by Ernest Callenbach and it had a very big impact on me. For over 40 years, I’ve been following a minimalist lifestyle, starting with the Voluntary Simplicity movement pioneered by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, Duane Elgin, Jeanne and Dick Roy, Elaine St. James, Linda Breen Pierce, Wanda Urbanska, and others.

Now the movement is being taken up by the younger generation, and I’m happy to see it. Change is slow, but I believe it will come. I write books and blog now to try to contribute to the critical mass needed to swing the pendulum from consuming to conserving.

This requires more of a mental shift than a physical one, so I think (I hope!) words can have a real impact. I believe this is my mission and I hope my writings and those of others on a minimalist path will convince you to do a little less store-crawling and a little more inner exploring to find your own purpose here.

Together, we can make the world a better place. All it takes is less having and more doing.

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