Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, & Soul by Ruth Soukup has been a life changing book for me! The author shares deep insight, scripture, personal stories of her own, and practical ways to handle as well as declutter nearly every part of your life.
I really like that unlike most books, the author sheds light on the likely why we accumulate things like we do. Some reasons may be because of stress, sentimentalism, or because someone gave an item! One can purge physical items at one point to try to gain control and then find themselves back in the same rut over and over again. But in the looking deeper into the why we do is really the key to finding balance, keeping things in shape, and having a truly healthy life. Uncluttering ones life is more than just getting rid of physical object and I think that’s often missed in self help organizing books. It’s all about our thinking!
This book is broken down into three sections; HOME, MIND, and SOUL. In these sections, certain areas are covered. For example in the HOME section there are three chapters, Living, Storage, and Kids. Chapters will offer personal stories, quick wins ( how you can start tackling specific areas), fill in the blanks, habit suggestions, and so forth. There’s definitely homework to fill out and applications to get started on. I like how easy it’s broken down.
I didn’t recognize my unhealthy habits till I read this book. I see them all now. I knew I wasn’t happy and I wanted my house to be different. A house should be a happy place full of joy. The clutter was really bringing this feel down for a number of reasons. In recognizing this in my life, I’ve been better about bringing more things in (mainly by blogging) and making concious decisions about what stays. This doesn’t just apply to physical items but in commitments of my time too.
Since picking up this book, I’ve gotten serious about my wardrobe! I’ve donated, thrown away, and passed along more than half my wardrobe! In return I am left with clothing I really like. It’s been making my mornings easier for picking out what to wear and it’s pretty freeing. I’ve tackled the kitchen. I’ve gone through books. I’ve yet to tackle the kids room but that’s next. I cut out time commitments and let certain things go that maybe I’ll do again in the future but for the current time being I’m living for today.
I think this book would be beneficial to everyone and highly recommend picking up a copy.