Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul

Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul

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by Ruth Soukup
     
 

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STUFF. It's everywhere. Lurking in corners and closets, spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere we look. And it's not just the physical clutter that weighs us down. Oh no, it is the stress of overbooked schedules, and the weight of life that sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth

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STUFF. It's everywhere. Lurking in corners and closets, spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere we look. And it's not just the physical clutter that weighs us down. Oh no, it is the stress of overbooked schedules, and the weight of life that sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels your pain--she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower each of us to finally declutter not just our home, but our mind and soul as well. Unstuffed is real, honest, and gets right down to the question we are all facing--how can we take back our lives from the stuff that is weighing us down?

In this book, together we will:

• Create a comprehensive vision for our homes, and make instant changes to improve its overall function.

• Discover that more closet space is not the solution, and instead learn how to set strict limits for the stuff we bring in

• Overcome the frustration of dealing with our kids' influx of stuff and implement practical solutions for keeping the chaos at bay.

• Recognize the pitfalls of an overstuffed schedule BEFORE it gets out of hand, and instead learn to combat the culture of busy that keeps us running from one thing to the next.

• Finally conquer that mountain of paperwork that threatens to tumble down around us at any moment.

• Let go of the guilt that gets attached to gifts and instead learn to separate our loved ones from their stuff.

• Begin to cultivate our real friendships while eliminating the toxic relationships that weigh us down.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times bestselling author and president of Lysa TerKeurst
As women, we have the tendency to overstuff our lives, our schedules, and our homes with things that really aren’t beneficial. And our souls suffer because of our unwillingness to let go. Ruth Soukup tackles this issue head-on and gives practical steps to be purposeful with the stuff we let into our sacred spaces. You’ll be thankful you chose this book!
New York Times bestselling author of Nobody’ Melanie Shankle
We live in a world that constantly tells us we need to do more, have more, and be more. It’s exhausting, and consistently the only thing we ever have more of is stress. Ruth Soukup is like a breath of fresh air as she calls us to declutter our lives and embrace simplicity. If you find yourself tired, stressed, or overwhelmed, then let the words in this book wash over you, and take a deep breath. It’s the literary equivalent of a bubble bath and a hot cup of coffee on a cold morning.
founder of BecomingMinimalist.com and Wall Street Joshua Becker
Through powerful story and practical application, Ruth Soukup will help you unstuff your home. But more than that, her words will inspire you to live your most fulfilling life by discarding anything that distracts you from it.
founder of WomenLivingWell.org —home of Good Courtney Joseph
This book is excellent. In a culture where women are overwhelmed with things and to-do lists, Ruth Soukup helps us slow down and take inventory of all that is cluttering our lives. Unstuffed gives women the tools they need to declutter their homes, minds, and souls through Ruth’s transparent stories, struggles, and solutions. I recommend this book not only to moms but to dads too!
founder of thebettermom.com and coauthor of Hoodwi Ruth Schwenk
Extremely practical and highly engaging, Unstuffed teaches us how to live a life of less. Not just less “stuff” around us, but also less cluttering of our minds and souls. I desperately needed this book! Ruth Soukup does it again.
Courtney DeFeo
It’s hard to admit you need Unstuffed, but you’ll breathe a sigh a relief when you’re done. Ruth unpacks why clutter is so detrimental to our minds, homes, and souls. Then she provides easy ways to tackle it. I’m ready to unstuff for the long haul.
founder of The Lulu Tree and author of Atlas Girl Emily T. Wierenga
Unstuffed is proof of why Ruth Soukup is one of America’s favorite writers. Practical, transparent, and chock full of tips and biblical wisdom, Unstuffed lays out a clear road map from consumerism to contentment. A must-read for women longing to declutter their homes, minds, and souls.
author of Slaying the Debt Dragon How One Family C Cherie Lowe
More clothes than we need, more emails than we can read, paper mess, kid-toys chaos, dishes overflowing the sink, and shelves jammed with décor, memorabilia, and more --- without noticing my life became stuffed and, as a result, my soul cluttered. If you’re anything like me, Unstuffed grants the reprieve you’re longing for. Take a deep breath as Ruth Soukup guides you through the process of decluttering your home, mind, and soul, sharing how she conquered her struggle with organization. Jam-packed with practical strategies, Unstuffed doesn’t provide a one-time clean-out plan but guides you into solid lifelong principles and systems, kicking the mess to the curb forever. With an encouraging and empowering voice, Ruth challenges us to cast our eyes on the things in life that really count. We don’t have to live over- whelmed anymore! This book provides the clear path to an ordered and meaningful life.
blogger and author of One More Step Rachel Wojo
Unstuffed graciously reveals why our homes and hearts fill up with junk and gracefully unveils the beauty of letting it go. If you’re ready for a clear method to end chaotic messes, Ruth Soukup points the way to simple yet passionate living.
New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut Karen Ehman
Do you ever vow to get your act together--- finally getting things organized --- but then don’t know just how and where to start? Unstuffed will help you declutter your home, free up much-needed brain space, and spiritually settle your soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310337690
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
18,627
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Soukup is a blogger, wife, mom, and New York Times bestselling author of Living Well, Spending Less. Her site, LivingWellSpendingLess.com, is one of the top personal finance and lifestyle blogs on the web, averaging more than a million visitors per month. She is also the founder of the Living Well Planner™ (www.LivingWellPlanner.com), an all-in-one tool to help you organize your goals, budget, and schedule. Ruth lives in Florida with her husband, Chuck, and two daughters, Maggie and Annie.

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Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ruth Soukup's newest book is another winner. Have you ever wanted to declutter and prioritize but were overwhelmed about where to start? Ruth is the mentor you've been praying for. She gently but wisely shows you, by examples from her own walk, how to step back and see your life from the perspective of simplicity. This is about looking at the layers - layers of stuff - things, attitudes, feelings. I needed this. We all need this. Decluttering your home, mind and soul is necessary so you can have time, energy and clarity to live life in freedom.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I am so excited about this book! I definitely need it, and odds are, if you are reading this review, you need it too! Ruth's book is about cutting the clutter and finding grace instead. It begins with a great intro about two people merging with all their "stuff" and how quickly and easily we can accumulate more stuff. Ruth talks about the need to organize all the stuff, hence accumulating more stuff (storage boxes, bins, etc) to do that with. And in the end, the stuff just keeps growing! I love her sense of humor as she puts it all in perspective, and I can so see myself mirrored here. (I have certainly been guilty of the buying bins to organize only to have to buy more bins because those were not quite what I needed) But be warned! Some of her advice is an arrow to the heart, especially if you are a shop-a-holic. Ruth begins with the home. The first few chapter talk about getting a vision for what you want, taming the stuff to fit your space instead of increasing space with storage ideas, and how to tame the kids stuff. She has some awesome tips, as well as, some tough love concepts! (Yeah, I am talking about getting rid of some of that stuff) Part two consist of the mind. How much is too much? How is your stuff affecting your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual well-being? She addresses the idea of saying "No" (Yeah, I know, tough stuff) What about all that paperwork, and other people's stuff? (We have issues with that at our home) Part three is about working on our soul. I totally get how chaos and overload affects our souls. Because more often than not I am there. In a book about de-cluttering, Ruth takes the time to talk about friendships, stress, and spirituality. Honestly, there is a boatload of wonderful information in this book. More than can be taken in entirely in one setting. And you will want to refer back to this book over and over as you work through that stuff of yours. I am certainly looking forward to de-cluttering and relaxing with a little more peace of mind and time to enjoy my family and friends instead of constantly organizing all the stuff. I received a copy of this book from iconmedia and Zondervan in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review this book positively.
sjobabe86 More than 1 year ago
I have read many home organization books but to be honest, they are usually hard to read and more of a checklist instead of digging deeper into the real issues. This book has three sections – Home, Mind and Soul. In the Home section, Ruth really relates to her readers. Explaining how we feel obligated because of gifts and overwhelmed with too much stuff. She gives lots of tips for cleaning – my favorite was “…focus on only one area”- best advice ever. She goes on to explain that no matter how much or how little you do, everything is an accomplishment. I constantly need a reminder to live a meaningful life instead of filling my time with unimportant tasks. Soul is the third part of her book, which touches on friendships, wellness and balance – each an important part of every person. This book is a quick read but I highly recommend taking your time and marking pages for reference. In addition to the amazing writing, Ruth offers worksheets, checklists and other information for decluttering your life. She will also be offering a DVD study to go along with the book. I can’t wait to check it out.
SarahEKoontz More than 1 year ago
I like pretty things.I love shopping for sales. I want what others have. The only way I have found the strength to stand up to these likes, loves, wants is to know that what I’m choosing is better. In her newest book entitled, Unstuffed, New York Times Bestselling Author, Ruth Soukup offers a practical guide for anyone looking to de-clutter their life. Ruth understands that although the de-cluttering process starts in our homes, it must also carry into our hearts and our habits. Through honest storytelling and fantastic application questions at the end of each chapter, Ruth invites her readers to journey with her towards a beautifully uncluttered life. She asks hard questions and offers practical solutions, never losing sight of the fact that Unstuffed isn’t a destination but rather a determination to live our best life. A life that is not cluttered with possessions has room for productivity and prosperity. Ruth inspires her readers to make small, purposeful changes that impact the quality of their life from a multitude of different angles. This book is about so much more than de-cluttering your closet! Ruth also tackles tough issues like managing stress, building healthy relationships, understanding why you impulse buy and dealing with pack-rat children. As a person who takes de-cluttering very seriously and has for more than a decade, this book confirmed what I have known in my heart for a long time: Cutting the clutter out of our lives is the first step towards peace, tranquility and financial freedom. Ruth is genuine and authentic, and I would not recommend this book to you if I didn’t believe it was going to help you.
ctfranklin28 More than 1 year ago
"Unstuffed" is a great book that went deeper than the typical "just stop getting stuff and get rid of it" books out there. Her book, written in a highly personal and conversational style (which makes it a little more endearing) offers really (emphasis on the really) practical suggestions on how to implement a mindset that is "unstuffed" in everything- -email (she helps provide a framework for establishing filters), letters from school, clothes, bills, relationships. It's really the most comprehensive book (which is surprising because it's only a few pages over 200) on simplicity that I have ever seen. It also wonderfully ties simplicity with faith so well. A lot of authors just stick a chapter on "Faith" in somewhere, but in "Unstuffed" you can feel spirituality throughout the whole book. Ruth Soukup lives and breathes simplicity and you can in every word in this book. Great advice for everyone! Great parenting advice (and I don't even have kids!)
ShareeS 7 months ago
We collect stuff. It’s easily accessible, it’s fun, and sometimes, it’s free. Our homes are filled with stuff, our calendars are filled with stuff and our emotions are filled with stuff. Becoming unstuffed is not a bad thing. I loved reading Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup. She does a great job of not only providing a reasonable and realistic plan for getting your home and life “unstuffed”, but she also talks about the psychology of how it happened to begin with. In the book, Ms. Soukup starts by discussing the real need for each home. I appreciated that because it’s reminded me to keep my home one that encourages friends and family to be a part of my life rather than trying to keep up appearances. A great quote from the book to this issue: “I’m not proud to admit there have been plenty of times in the not-too-distant past when I was far more worried about the image than the reality. When my version of hospitality was all about me and the attention I could bring to myself rather than about how I made other feel.” (Loc349) Ms. Soukup speaks from her own experiences in learning to deal with being stuffed. She discusses not only removing the physical clutter, but the emotional, relational and spiritual clutter as well. She provides many practical applications and one of them that was most helpful to me, was to simply stop procrastinating small areas that collect stuff. Another great part of this book is the option to sign up for the Unstuffed App where a daily challenge is given. What a great way to keep you motivated! Unstuffed encouraged and motivated me to start dealing with the clutter. A great book I would totally recommend and one that’s giving me the “Want to” in unstuffing my home. I have found myself talking about this book with my friends, a clear indication to me that it’s a good book. By far, the best part of the book is the fact that everything comes back to our relationship in Christ. Ms. Soukup relates this section in a thought provoking and loving way. I would absolutely recommend Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Check out Unstuffed: https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/unstuffed-by-ruth-soukup/
Scarlet95 11 months ago
Ruth Soukup's new book, Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul, is not a typical decluttering book. In it, the author talks about decluttering our spaces, yes, but she also talks about decluttering our minds and our souls as well. I have long been aware of the connection between my environment and my mind. If my environment is chaotic, so are my thoughts. It stands to reason that it does no good to take care of decluttering my physical space, without addressing the mental and soul clutter as well. If I don't address the inner issues, the outer clutter manifestation will creep back in. The book is divided into three sections: home, mind, and soul, and each section is further divided into three chapters with themes such as creating a vision for your home, storage, kids, schedule, other people's stuff, cultivating real relationships, and finding balance in a chaotic world. Ms. Soukup uses a mixture of personal stories and practical advice to inspire her readers to make lasting meaningful changes in their lives. I really liked this book, and found it incredibly inspiring. That's noteworthy, because often books about decluttering or cleaning leave me feeling discouraged and defeated. It's a quick and easy read, and contains practical, doable suggestions for unstuffing your life. For a small taste of what the book is about, enroll in the free Unstuffed 10 day challenge. Ruth Soukup blogs at Living Well Spending Less. I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Unstuffed isn't your usual type of decluttering book as the subtitle says, Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul. Unstuffed offers advice on improving life in your home and with friends along with improving your spiritual and physical health. As I think about it, that is a tall order for this book. Unstuffed is divided into three sections. Part one shares information on creating the home you want to live in as well as dealing with all the stuff that you fill it with. It isn't full of how to declutter because Soukup says she wrote another book on that topic. Part two shares information on how to slow down your schedule and clear up some of the paperwork that comes through your home. The last section of this part also contains a chapter on dealing with other people's stuff, whether it is given to you or you inherited it. The last part of the book offers information on how to cultivate real friendships and release those that are not serving you well or are toxic. It also offers advice on taking time for your own personal wellness in both body and soul. The chapter I found most helpful in Unstuffed was the chapter on dealing with stuff from other people. I haven't found another decluttering book to really tackle that struggle head on like Soukup. As an only child, I struggle with heirlooms and things to keep that I don't really care for but feel guilty if I get rid of. The book doesn't have me getting rid of anything yet but I can see where it offers valuable advice on having conversations on the topic with loved ones. As a whole, however, this wasn't my favorite decluttering book. It was very broad in its topics although it did offer some great advice. I would recommend Unstuffed if you are looking for advice on how to make life improvements all through your life. However, I would recommend Joshua Becker's book, The More of Less, or Marie Kondo's book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up if you just want a book to help you best clean out the house. I did enjoy the last chapter in which Soukup sharing her spiritual journey and how she came to know Christ, which also sets this book apart as clearly a Christian book. I received this book from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review.
ElizaMary More than 1 year ago
"Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul" is written by well-known author, Ruth Soukup. The back of this book goes to share: "Clutter. It's everywhere. Lurking in corners and closets, spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere we look. And it's not just the physical clutter that weighs us down. It is the stress of overbooked schedules and the weight of a life that sometimes feels chaotic and totally out of whack. Ruth Soukup had been there too, and she knows all too well how overwhelming it can feel to have a life filled to the brim. Through personal stories and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower you to finally declutter not only your home, but your mind and soul as well. 'Unstuffed' is real and honest, and it speaks to the heart of the matter- how to let go of the stuff weighing you down, once and for all." This book contains nine chapters, three per section. The sections are: Home, Mind and Soul. (Obviously, taken from the subtitle of the book.) Each chapter is full of real stories, honest struggles and tips, plans and ideas to get rid of the clutter, wherever it may be. I wasn't too keen on this book. It just wasn't my cup of tea. I don't really have anything bad to say, just that it wasn't my kind of book. It was very much a "self-help" type of read, which I don't usually care for. Some of the stuff she shared I just thought to myself, "Uh, duh! Isn't that just common sense!" I mean who doesn't delete spam messages in their inbox! Let's get real. Overall, I would give this book 2 and a half stars out of five. Just my personal thoughts....this is not a book that I will be coming back to again. * I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in return for an honest review.**
Kymbrown More than 1 year ago
Unstuffed is yet another written conversation and advice from one friend to another. The title alone describes perfectly the feeling so many of us have: stuffed full of Stuff: physical, emotional, spiritual. Stuffed. It's exhausting to chase those "things" the world has convinced us we need in order to be successful and fulfilled. Unstuffed is the bottom line on how to let it all go. Ruth's very honest sharing of her own life and experience makes this a home run, I will definitely keep Unstuffed as a reference and use it as a book club selection. Pass it on,,...we can do more with less. Much much more. Thank you Ruth Soukup for the roadmap to get there! My friends are getting this as a gift!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stuff it can take over your life when you aren't looking. It comes in piece by piece until before you know it your home is stuffed. If your home is bursting at the seams with too much stuff, this book can help you become unstuffed. I know I found so many new things I can do to help keep my home from being overrun with items. I'm so glad I was given this book to review. Not only does this book have great stories that I could relate to, but it has practical steps to help you clear out the clutter in your home. I'm not talking just physical clutter but other clutter too. Take control of your stuff instead of it controlling you. Unstuffed can help you know you are not alone and you can overcome the clutter and become unstuffed in all areas of your life.