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Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,293 ratings  ·  174 reviews
 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 overbooked schedules, and the weight of life that sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Zondervan
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Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, netgalley
I received an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
On one hand, this was an enjoyable read- light, full of engaging stories and ideas, and I think Ruth is a good writer. She definitely knows how to present information in a helpful way that is easy to act on right away. On the other hand, I realize I am probably not the right audience for this read for the stage of life I am in (transitioning to life in the States after having lived in a developing country for se
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Read to find out how a book about clutter can turn into a missive about religion...
Charles Franklin
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, millennial
"Unstuffed" is a great book that went deeper than the typical "just stop getting stuff and get rid of it" books out there. Her book, written in a highly personal and conversational style (which makes it a little more endearing) offers really (emphasis on the really) practical suggestions on how to implement a mindset that is "unstuffed" in everything- -email (she helps provide a framework for establishing filters), letters from school, clothes, bills, relationships. It's really the most comprehe ...more
Daria Zeoli
I am not the target audience for this book. While there are some good tips about decluttering to be had here, there is a Christian spin that suggests becoming unstuffed requires grace. Food for thought, but not necessarily the message one needs when looking for a practical way out of clutter.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

When picking up this book, it's important to realize from the start that the book will not focus solely on decluttering physical possessions. Thankfully, the subtitle conveys this right away: "Decluttering your home, mind, and soul." The book is organized into three main sections (Home, Mind, and Soul), with three chapters in each section tackling different components, like living areas, storage, kids, schedule, paperwork, gifts, and soul aspects of living (friends, wellness, and spirit
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, top-100
The author has the same problem most of us have - too much stuff. Our homes are filled with things, our schedules are packed and our lives are headed towards crazy. She's taken a simple, yet effective approach and has mixed stories of her personal experience and sound advice from experts to talk about how we can lessen not only our stress, but our dependence on things.

Not only was this book filled with helpful advice and tips for getting rid of stuff, but it was actually really interesting. The
This was a slightly different book on decluttering. The author's very upfront about it - it's not an instruction manual with step-by-step guides to getting your house and/or life together. She tells you that this is more about the mindset - "becoming unstuffed is much more than getting rid of the things you no longer want...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 ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent insight into why we hold on to possessions, ideas, memories (good and bad), and how to reframe thinking and habits to live an uncluttered life.

I would’ve liked it more if it wasn’t so focused on Christianity and stayed generic with faith and purpose.

I’m pretty sure Jesus isn’t necessary to stop buying (and buying into) too many things or clinging tightly to unnecessary junk (physical or mental).

It doesn’t matter where a person draws their strength, as long as they have it. Anyone ca
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
This book had a great mission, but was very disorganized and poorly executed. I was distracted by the many anecdotes that were introduced only to be expanded upon several chapters later, and I felt that some stories had much more detail than necessary to make her point, such as the cabbage patch doll story. I also felt that the story about her past should have been much closer to the beginning of the book, and overall this should have been packaged more as a memoir. There were definitely some go ...more
Exactly what I needed right now! (The challenge will be to actually do something about what I've learned.)
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first thing you need to know is that I *LOVE* throwing things away, decluttering, and organizing, so this book is "my kind of book!" However, because I have a natural bent to purging (I make at least one trip a month to donate to charity and sometimes I go multiple times in the same month), I often don't learn anything new when reading books like these. But not this book! Soukup is not only an engaging writer on what could be a VERY mundane subject, she's an honest one.

One of my favorite id
Apr 24, 2016 added it
I found this book to be very informative - both for the "duh" of course i "should" do that , so the, hunh, good idea. Like putting away nick nacks - i did that and felt so much better. I didn't toss them, i now take out the box every month or 2 months and rotate what is on display!

The only other downside is the preachy/churchy parts - but you can overlook that. And i just skipped right over the kid chapter.

But all in all, i found it a nice read and something to get you going on your way to limit
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Repetitive. Nothing new or mind- blowing that I haven't read in other books or on other blogs. She includes examples from her own life that are nice to relate to.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
A good book to listen to.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Soukup takes on more than our messy houses... she also attacks our messy minds and relationships. Her Christian perspective adds some soul to the tips.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book contains some useful information. Nothing new but I like hearing different perspectives on decluttering/minimalism/organization - whatever you want to call it - so I read it.

I was really annoyed by some of the lists the author gives though. Sometimes they're completely unnecessary to prove her point. For example, at one point, she says "I want to say yes to my kids, who are vying for my time and attention and need their mom. I want to say yes to my husband, who for the most part is pr
Lenita Sheridan
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Good Book on Relieving Stress as well as Clutter

This book is about so much more than overcoming clutter. It is about unstuffing your whole life. Yet the author makes a great point when she describes how people can hang onto items through guilt after the loss of a loved one. It can make people feel guilty to get rid of an item that belonged to their dearly departed loved one. She stresses the point that we should treasure memories not things.

After decluttering our houses she shows us how to dec
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Be realistic about how we use our homes.

"Filling our homes with things we don't need based on a fantasy that will never actually materialize is nothing more than an exercise in frustration."

Aspirational clutter has always been an issue for me. The past few years, I've gotten better and better about letting things go I won't realistically get around to doing whatever I thought I might do with it.

Okay, her weekend declutter plan sounds insanely exhausting (90-minute sessions divided by 15-min brea
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Kathy Bruner
While a lot of the book focused on unstuffing in relation to family and children (which I don't have), I did find several things that could relate to me. Of course, the mind and soul sections were my favorite- we can all use tips and tricks on how to unstuff our life, and it helps to know there are situations in which we are not alone! One specific section, on friendship, really spoke to me. There are different kinds of friends- those we can trust and depend on, superficial ones that we can stil ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally! A book about decluttering that didn’t completely annoy me! I found the first section of the book quite helpful and informative. While it is not likely that we could manage the intense weekend cleanup that she suggests, I would like to try something similar. I appreciated the other sections of unstuffing your life, from keeping a clearer schedule to relying on grace. (There is quite a lot of religious tie-ins. As a Christian, I liked it. Someone who may not be Christian may hate that asp ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book over the course of several months, which worked well because I needed time to internalize the ideas presented. More than the advice itself (though there were some great, actionable guidelines in here if you want to start decluttering your living space), I appreciated the anecdotes Soukup shared in regards to her own struggles with managing a business, dealing with loss, staying connected to her family, and just generally trying to live her life to the fullest. Reading this felt ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you're an upper-middle class Christian (preferably a stay-at-home mom with more money than common sense), then maybe this book is for you... because it sure wasn't for me. I quickly grew weary of listening to her a) plug her own products, b) bible scripture after bible scripture, c) complaints about her "too much" lifestyle (Oh no! So many gifts for Christmas! Better put them all in a truck and take them away!). Even just listening, I found myself silently correcting her grammar. This book wa ...more
I totally admit that this book really took me to long to read; Mid-September until beginning of December. The reason for this slow reading was the book is one "jewel" of information after another. My brain could only take in these "jewels" in small quantities. Will I be reading some parts of this book over again? You can count on it. Why? Because I want to take the "jewels" of ideas and make them a part of everyday life. Change takes time, and I want to change! This was the second book written b ...more
Joyce Wheeler
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did finish this book but it was extremely difficult, I figured I would at some point pick something up I haven't tried before. Alas, I was wrong and the evangelism spread throughout the book had me wince more than once. Now perhaps I didn't do enough due diligence when selecting this pick as the simple cover doesn't have anything that suggests its for the devout much like the synopsis. For those that love Christian Nonfiction maybe you can find something in here to use, like a kick in the butt ...more
I was initially really excited to read this. The beginning of the book was good and had a lot of good points. Then it really got into how to deal with your kids and their stuff. I don't have kids so this doesn't apply to me, but I am aware that most people do have kids and most books like this do include this type of material; however I felt these sections were a bit excessive (in comparison to other similar books) and almost a little condescending/judgy. Then the last few ends of the book just ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christian-living
This book was reccomended so I picked it up. I did not really learn anything new from Ruth Soukup....she seems to have expanded on what others (such as Marie Kondo) have already laid the groundwork for and then presents the material in her own way making it applicable to her lifestyle. (as a wife, mother, and stay-at-home mom runnng her own business through "Living Well, Spending Less") I did not love the book, but I reccomend it for anyone in a similar life stage and I did appreciate Ruth's gen ...more
Heta Nikula
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
As a person in their twenties, I think this book wasn't exactly directed towards myself. It talked a lot about family and children, something that is very far off in my future. The writing style was disorganised and dry for my taste. Even though there was a few helpful tips about decluttering, over all this book really didn't stand out and I had to really motivate myself to finish it. I did put it down once the focus shifted to spirituality, since it really wasn't something I was interested abou ...more
Rita Sherepa
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and could easily read it again and again. While Ms. Soukup deals with our physical clutter, she really addresses the spiritual aspects behind it. I read this over the summer and again in the fall of 2018. Now March of 2019 and I could probably read it again! I'm not remembering exactly, but my sense is also that she encourages us to examine ourselves in relation to our possessions rather than mandating what she thinks we need and don't need.
Romelle Berry
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This is about the 3rd book I've read on decluttering. Have been working on this process for a few years now and this book gave me another boost to get going. Most of the tips are pretty common sense but now and then you just need a reminder. The author uses her own life experiences to explain her reasons why decluttering your home, mind and soul is so important not just for yourself but for your whole family. Figuring out what really matters is what is important.
Lisa Jo
Nov 12, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017
The title gives it away - what the book is about. A lot of the information for things that we probably heard elsewhere, but it’s always good to be reminded. The best part of the book was something called The Unstuffed Weekend Challenge. This is a step by step, hour by hour process of how to de clutter and unstuff your house from Friday night to Sunday night. I actually did this a few months back. It was a great way to tackle stuff.
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