Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup

Are you drowning in clutter in your home?  Do find that the pile of things coming into your house creates an overwhelming feeling of being buried?  I know there are times where I definitely feel overwhelmed by all the things, papers, and even digital email that comes into my home.  Ruth Soukup has written a new book called Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul.  I appreciate that her book is not only about getting the clutter out of our houses, but also addressing the real problem of why it piles up in the first place.

Ruth divides her book up into three different areas: Home, Mind and Soul.  She gives some creative advice to address each of these three areas.  In the Home section, Ruth discusses the living area, Storage solutions and how to help with all the stuff kids bring home.  In the Mind section, she address schedules, paperwork and other people's stuff.  And then in the Soul section, she talks about relationships with friends, wellness and balance and letting go of the need to do it yourself.

I enjoyed reading through this book. I have several bookmarks marking all of her sections that have steps to walk you through tackling different problem areas of where clutter seems to take over your life.  Like Ruth says, "...becoming unstuffed is much more than getting rid of the things you no longer want. It's more than getting organized or finally taming that pile of paperwork that's been taunting you.  ...It's changing the way we look at our homes and the stuff we live with.  It's changing the way we look at our schedules and the stuff that fills our time.  It's changing the way we look at our relationships and the stuff they are made of.  It's becoming purposeful about the stuff we let in, because the reality is that nature hates a vacuum, and if we are to become unstuffed, we better spend some time thinking about what that really means before our unstuffed stuffs us with new stuff we don't need or want." (pg. 16-17 in the digital e-book version)  There are many ideas in this book that I think will be helpful in clearing out the clutter.  I seem to have a problem with piles and so this will be a real challenge for me to change my thinking in how I control the clutter.
If you're looking for a helpful book to get you motivated to change how you deal with the never ending piles in your home, pick up Ruth's new book and bring some clutter free living to your life!

***I received this e-book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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