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Overcome that out-of-control schedule, overstuffed closet, and undernourished soul! In Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul, Ruth Soukup encourages you to take your life back from all the "stuff" that weighs it down. Her personal stories and practical action plans will inspire and empower you to declutter your home, mind, and soul in order to become your true self in Christ.
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
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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.
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.
We live in a world that constantly tells us we need to do more, have more, and be more. Its 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. Its the literary equivalent of a bubble bath and a hot cup of coffee on a cold morning.
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.
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 Ruths transparent stories, struggles, and solutions. I recommend this book not only to moms but to dads too!
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.
Its hard to admit you need Unstuffed, but youll breathe a sigh a relief when youre done. Ruth unpacks why clutter is so detrimental to our minds, homes, and souls. Then she provides easy ways to tackle it. Im ready to unstuff for the long haul.
Unstuffed is proof of why Ruth Soukup is one of Americas 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.
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 youre anything like me, Unstuffed grants the reprieve youre 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 doesnt 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 dont have to live over- whelmed anymore! This book provides the clear path to an ordered and meaningful life.
Unstuffed graciously reveals why our homes and hearts fill up with junk and gracefully unveils the beauty of letting it go. If youre ready for a clear method to end chaotic messes, Ruth Soukup points the way to simple yet passionate living.
Do you ever vow to get your act together--- finally getting things organized --- but then dont 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.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Definitely Something I needed to readApril 7, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Best I've read on the subjectApril 6, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Stuff. I've got it and undoubtedly, so do you. Before I read past twenty pages in this book I had cleaned off my desk and another surface. This book is that inspiring.
What I liked about this book is that Soukup doesn't just concentrate on being clutter free, getting rid of stuff. She also helps us understand the reason behind our stuff. That's what helped me so much. I've read a number of books on simplifying life but this one hit home like none of the others. Her teaching on keeping stuff because of memories or emotional attachment really impacted me.
Here's a suggestion that made sense to me. Sometimes we're afraid of getting rid of stuff. What if we need it next month or next year? Soukup suggests boxing it up and putting it away for a month or two then see how we feel about it. Fear alleviated.
Soukup challenges us to really think about the way we look at stuff, the stuff that fills our home, our time, our relationships. She asks us to seriously think about the stuff we let into our lives. She has us think about what we want in our homes, schedules and lives. We have to think about our motives too. She asks us to think about how we want people to feel when they are in our homes. Do we want them to feel comfortable or awed by our dcor?
In addition to helping us think through all of this, the book is full of practical suggestions. One that impressed me was her weekend challenge, a complete schedule of unstuffing from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening (including going to church and a celebration Sunday evening). I really like her practical questions we are to ask when we are planning to acquire more stuff, as I do her tips for email and digital information.
I highly recommend this book. Soukup helps us think through our mental attitudes towards stuff in this consumer age. She even addresses our spiritual clutter too. I look forward to implementing many of her practical ideas in the coming days.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
sjobabe865 Stars Out Of 5Unstuff Your LifeApril 5, 2016sjobabe86Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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 cant wait to check it out.