A few weeks ago, I got the book from Ruth Soukup and I was very excited to read this for a book review. I was thankful that I volunteered to review this book for free in order to write a honest review. I was happy to do this… Unstuffed Book by Ruth Soukup, will be released on April 5. 2016, you can pre-order before April 5, 2016. I can hardly wait to see what the readers will think of Ruth Soukup’s new book.
Book: Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul
Author: Ruth Soukup
Book Rating: ♥♥♥♥ and 1//2
Book Summary from Amazon.com:
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 an overbooked schedule, and the weight of a 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
In my personal experience with reading this book, I’ve realized that this book was greatly motivated and kindred spiritual for decluttering my home and soul, except my mind. To be honest, my mind was unclear and unfocused in cleaning up my house in that I was heavily overwhelmed and that I could not think where to start first. I was supposed to remove all old clothes and everything I did not use that much. Still, I was largely frustrated with my mind and I did not have any chances to find my plan to declutter everything. Now, some of this book helps me to get in the process of clearing up my home, soul, and – mind. I showed some of this book to one of my sons, he was like – “Scoffs… that’s just my room, not yours. I like messing up in my room because I am who I am.” Oh geez, he was smart kid.
What I liked about this book:
- Calendar / Planners: they are very important to me, I schedule some events and appointments in my planner and make sure that I would not miss anything.
- Emails: I currently have over 14,000 “unread” emails because I find that so many people just add my email address without my permission, I feel robbed with that. I have unsubscribed too many emails and it takes forever to delete all emails. Deleting or unsubscribed a lots of junk emails are a big pain.
- The value of money: I like to make budget plan, unfortunately, my husband already got a second job two weeks ago and we are thankful to our Lord for giving him a chance to build our financial security! But, he and I have no time to talk about starting our budget plan. We are trying to find our time to talk once he gets his big fat paycheck on the 1st day + the 15th day of every month.
- Biblical verses: I really enjoyed reading Ruth’s biblical advice about home, mind, and soul. These verses are empowering me to grow my better soul and mind while reading the bible. I am so glad that I have biblical devotion book with me on the right next to my night stand.
- Make schedule available: I feel that I should have spent more time with my kids and husband and enjoy being around them instead of worrying about so many things including our 5 dogs at home. And, I should have focused on myself more because I need to establish more relaxation in my house and my body.
- So Many … So Many…
What I disliked about this book:
I have not thought about anything I dislike about this book. Mostly, this book was great to empower people who are trying to find some ways to declutter their lives at home, mind, and – soul. It helps you to seek your mind and soul at home while eliminating something you don’t really need and you can put away things you had not used. It also benefits you to think twice about things you “want” vs “need” before you shop.
I have four books including this book by Ruth Soukup. But, this book is somewhat similar to two of her books, 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life and Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life. However, How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup is not part of that “decluttering” theme books. I encourage you to get UnStuffed book that will and would be wonderful benefit to change your life at your home, mind, and soul.
Robin Masshole Mommy
This sounds like a great read. I want to check this book out.
Sounds like a great book, I like to keep my life as uncluttered as possible! 🙂
I love that you include bible verses. My day starts with bible verses and it helps my mind.
THIS BOOK SOUNDS AWESOME, I WILL SEE WHEN I CAN ORDER IT, KEEP IT UP, THANK YOU FOR SHARING
Sheri Ann Richerson
I need this book! My house is a mess since my previous husband passed away. I need to get rid of his belongings but it is hard. I have decided this is the year however.
I went to a ladies retreat last year and the topic was about decluttering our homes. I came home with good intentions but after a few days, the clutter was still here. Maybe this book will help me.
Ana De- Jesus
I know exactly what you mean by subscriptions I need to go and delete them but it is as you said a lot of hassle.
Michelle Gwynn Jones
‘A bigger closet is not the solution’ – that’s true. Getting rid of stuff is surely the way to go. ‘But then it just makes room for more stuff. 🙂
Who wouldn’t love a book that helped you with decluttering not just your home but your mind as well. I really like that it teaches you a lot of things about freeing space and letting go. Thanks for the review!
Kathy Kenny Ngo
I try to declutter every 3 months. Every single time, its a minimum of 2 trash bags that I feel. I am sometimes amazed at how I am able to accumulate so much clutter in 3 months.
Love that it has Biblical verses because that always makes me feel more motivated!
This book could probably be really helpful for a lot of people. I like that it addresses so many modern issues.
Added to my to read list, i need to declutter my home ASAP.
This is a well put together review. I love that you also included what you disliked about the book.
Thanks for the book review. I’m looking to together a book list to read this summer.
Oh wow, you have five dogs!!! Very cool. I am going to have to declutter a lot of areas in my home, and will have to keep in mind the concept of “want” vs “need.”
Sounds like a wonderful book with lot to deal with. Infact every one of us must ensure as much as we can to keep our life uncluttered & move with a positive attitude all the way. Would love to read this one for sure.
What a great book! I am in the process of decluttering and I can definitely use a guide or some help.
Great review- I love your thorough likes/dislikes. I review books on my blog too, so I love this layout and idea for takeaways being summarized so clearly. My #unstuffed review just got up too, if you want to take a peek!
I’m definitely going to pick this up! I just read the life changing magic of tidying up so I’m on a cleaning streak! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it!