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Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul
Ruth Soukup’s newest book, Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul is a manual for decluttering your life–and not just the physical stuff. Ruth offers readers a chance to take a hard look at how clutter affects us and weighs us down until we are drowning in it. She explains how overbooked schedules and stress weigh us down as much as our stuff does, and she suggests practical solutions to get things into balance.
The format of this book is right in keeping with it’s philosophy. Unstuffed includes bullet lists, worksheets, and action plans, making it super easy to implement immediately. I like how Ruth gets right to the point from the beginning, opening the book with a clear step-by-step plan, one of her ‘Quick Wins,’ of five decluttering projects to transform your living space. And, these five projects are actually doable and painless, and as Ruth states, they will help get you on the right track and feeling motivated to continue on a life transformation.
Unstuffed is divided into three main sections: Home, Mind, and Soul. These areas are dealt with incrementally so that the changes brought about by following the plan of this book will be lasting lifestyle changes. You really can’t do it all at once, and getting to the root of the clutter is key to getting rid of it once and for all. The section where Ruth addresses ‘busyness’ is especially convicting:
“…this culture of busy, this idea that we can’t slow down, can’t stop running from one thing to the next for fear that we might miss out, or worse, that our kids might fall behind, becomes a constant presence in our lives–the most important presence in our lives. Without really intending it to happen, the busyness becomes our first priority, the thing we value about all else. The busyness becomes our idol (p. 96).”
Ruth writes about the choices we all make–and have to make–and teaches how to conquer the things that ultimately lead to spiritual clutter that prevents true happiness. Although it will take a lot of work and a commitment to a lifestyle change, I believe that following the principles of Unstuffed would benefit every ‘busy’ mom and her family.
The publisher provided a review copy of Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul