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Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul

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How can we sift through the busyness, the mess, and the stress to uncover the abundant life God offers? Uncluttered is not a formula about what stuff you need to give up. It's about slowing down long enough for God to remind you of his truth and what it means to be his child. Through heartwarming, relatable, and hilarious stories, Courtney Ellis shares her journey from a l ...more
Unknown Binding, 220 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Rose Publishing (CA)
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Bethany
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found myself reading Uncluttered this winter, in a season of releasing distractions. My husband and I have stripped our lives down to basics a few times in our 17 year relationship, but the past five years of becoming parents, buying our first home, and hanging on for career rides added up to too much again. We were already experimenting with stripping down our family's calendar when I picked up Courtney's book, and I'd read Abraham Herschel's Sabbath last year and caught the vision (but not t ...more
Orva Bohm
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved every chapter of this book! Courtney Ellis gives valuable recommendations on how to live a simple yet joyful life by paring down possessions, activities and technology. In doing so, you are more available to embrace the gifts God intends for us such as the gift of community and the gift of Sabbath (rest). Uncluttered encourages you to reevaluate all aspects of your daily living in order to free your soul from the hustle and bustle. The perfect book to read as you start off the New Year!
Maddi
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Uncluttered, author Courtney Ellis not just teaches how to, but joins us in the act of uncluttering our lives to let God’s grace and glory shine through us.
As a high school senior, my life is very cluttered. College applications, a part-time job that feels more full-time than part-time, AP and IB courses, managing a team at my high school, training to make a college sports team in the fall, commitments at church, friends and social activities, a stressful family life, and a myriad of other
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Laura Wipperman
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Courtney EllisUncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your SoulI expected to read a book about de-cluttering to help me simplify my life and free up some space. But enrich my faith walk? Unlock my "sacred yes"? Yaassssss! Thank you, Courtney Ellis for writing with such style and grace, for helping me see that removing is actually adding (Hey, I am no math major, so this actually makes sense, right?). Ms. Ellis teaches us that by getting rid of the clutter in our lives, we can add ...more
Ann Bergen
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For years I have wanted to simplify my life, my home, and par down my possessions. With our children now raised, my husband and I have talked longingly of downsizing, but the dilemma of years of accumulating bigger and better has left us with the problem of what has felt like simply too much stuff to go through. Much of the time I’ve blamed my over committed schedule that has kept me from truly organizing my life and decluttering. Not long into my Uncluttered book binge did I discover it wasn’t ...more
Laurie Jacobsen
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Written from the experience of a young mother, this book offers valuable insight as to how our lives have spun out of control...we are constantly addressing mostly unimportant minutiae with the result that we miss so many of the meaningful joys of life. So, as we are hurtling along at warp speed 24/7, how do we regain control of our lives so we are able to nurture our relationships, savor life's joys and live a truly faith centered life? Ellis humorously, yet realistically, breaks it down for us ...more
Heather Caliri
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Often when I read a Christian book on a practical topic, I brace myself. At some point, I assume, the author will ask me to believe more, or pray better, even if they don’t say so in so many words. A Bible verse I have aspired to and never lived up to will appear in bold print. And with all that exhortation, the author handing out very well-meant but one-dimensional advice, I will sink lower in my chair.
UNCLUTTERED is different. First off, it’s funny, which I think should be a requirement for t
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Elizabeth Davis
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Decluttering is in vogue these days. Well, this is NOT a book about how best to reorganize your closets. This is a Christian faith-based approach to taming our physical spaces, yes, but also our calendars and the mental noise surrounding us in order to clear the way for a deeper, more fulfilling spiritual and family life.

Courtney Ellis is a pastor and mother of three small children; she knows about jam-packed schedules and messy living rooms, which lends legitimacy to her message. Her writing is
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Nancy
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have spent several years trying to simplify and unclutter my life. What I love about Courtney's book is that it combines inspiration as to the why, categories of clutter that we all can relate to, and specific things her family has done with stories of the difference it has made. This book gave me hope that I can take some new clear steps, and it's possible that my life will become less busy, more calm, and I can be more present in each moment of my life. I know so many people who are complete ...more
ToniaS
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honest, funny, realistic, humble and helpful are the words that I think best describe this wonderful book. Not only was it an entertaining read, with so many personal and funny stories from the author's own life woven throughout, but it has been genuinely helpful and encouraging to me as I tackle some of the de-cluttering and organizational tasks on my to-do list. Unlike other how-do books that focus on the subject of de-cluttering, "Uncluttered" goes much further than offering tips on how to pa ...more
Stephanie
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the perfect way to start out a new year or a new stage of life or anytime you need a jump start to get motivated to organize and unclutter your life. Courtney has a wonderful way of being both gentle and firm in her suggestions on uncluttering your home, mind, and spirit. After the first section of uncluttering your home, I felt a push to let go of clothing and possessions and examine why I have so much in the first place. I felt the same conviction to examine my time on screens and ...more
Mary Smith
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

When you first pick up "Uncluttered," you may think it is like other books on the market that encourage us to improve our lives by getting rid of excess stuff. Keep reading. Author Courtney Ellis has a much deeper and more meaningful agenda. The space we clear from clutter and the time we free from busyness makes it possible to focus on God and appreciate our many blessings, large and small. We can all do better at fulfilling our higher purpose.

Ellis illustrates her points with believable and hu
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Barb
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know how it feels to go on vacation with only a suitcase full of belongings and the thought of beautiful days of simplicity and relaxation ahead because you've left all of your other possessions behind? Traveling light is a glorious thing. Wouldn’t it be nice to live that way? Time to focus on priorities. Time to listen. Time to hear. Time to discover. This book by Courtney Ellis is the answer.
In a humorous and gentle storytelling narrative, Uncluttered reveals how to change your life and
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Brooke Fradd
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An honest, practical look at getting rid of those things in life which prevent us from fully worshiping God and living in His promise of abundant life. Ellis provides tips on how to declutter, as well as an understanding of why its a habit we so desperately need to adopt.

Her authenticity is evident as Ellis admits to the ways in which she and her family fall short, all the while giving practical examples of the changes they have adopted in their lives.

I received a free copy of this book in exc
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Katie Nix
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a working mom with three young kids, I usually avoid books about Sabbath and rest because they end up making me feel guilty and overwhelmed. However, Courtney Ellis’ book “Uncluttered” was a beautifully welcomed breath of fresh air to my soul. Her humor and stories made me feel like I was having coffee with an old friend who wanted to pat my back and tell me that I’m ok rather than lecturing me about my failing as a Christian and a mom. Courtney’s writing style is smooth and inviting, and her ...more
Megan Byrd
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books-read
I have been feeling the need to simplify my life. It started with wanting to have a more relaxing, less rushed Christmas but has bled into a desire for simplicity at all times. I read the title of this book and thought it was the perfect time to have it in my hands and read through the principles outlined in the book for uncluttering my life and soul. I was correct. Courtney walks through her experiences of uncluttering different areas of her life - her closet and home, technology, her schedule ...more
Paul Belcher
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read through "Uncluttered" once, and I found myself bursting out laughing so many times. The author Courtney Ellis has an amazing whit and an even better gift for expressing that humor in writing. What comes through for me is a hilarious sort of Jim Gaffigan mumbling self talk that I find very engaging.

After reading "Uncluttered", I spent the weekend starting the process of cleaning out my closets and bookshelves. I was able to take six large garbage bags of clothing that I had not worn
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Mandy Stutenberg
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading Uncluttered felt like having a conversation with a good friend - someone who really "gets" me and cares deeply about my well being. Ellis' writing is clear, refreshing, and oh-so-relatable. I found myself chuckling out loud one moment, and getting misty-eyed the next. This book comes at a time when many of us are trying to find ways to simplify our lives to help reduce stress and focus on what really matters. In Uncluttered, Ellis gently, humorously provides tangible and realistic sugges ...more
Rebecca Moews
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When we put up our much loved artificial Christmas tree this season I had a panic attack. I was in between chemo and radiation for the evil cancer, and everything just seemed SO MUCH WORK. Putting up our nine foot tree was too much. I caved. Big time.

The decision to leave the bottom half of the tree in the box (later it was taken to the dump because I do not EVER want to make that decision again) and just put up 4 1/2 feet of lovely tree on a low table SAVED my season. I survived. I had joy. An
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Joy Rodriguez
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

“No.-Is a full sentence” is my favorite line from “uncluttered”.
I am a busy nanny and gramma, sometimes from 5am-9pm. Courtney’s book uncluttered; helped me stop and remember: my foundation is time with God and my husband. Since reading the book; my home is neater(less stuff!) and cleaner and I am more relaxed. If all my time is scheduled-cluttered; my home and life cannot be what God and I need it to be. I now keep a devotional book at my nanny home to start my day with God, no matter
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Connie Patty
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a book makes you laugh out loud, and gets under your skin, you know it's a good one. Courtney Ellis' style of writing is so delightful that it's easy and enjoyable to read. But dig down further and she's got insight to life that burrows into your heart and makes you want to do something about it. I literally found myself going to a closet and un-cluttering after just two chapters! But it's her chapters on freeing up space for your soul to breathe that were most encouraging. Highly recommend ...more
Moriah Conant
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This isn't another book just telling you to get rid of possessions. This book is filled with wisdom on paring down on what is in our lives AND reminds us of the reason why we want to unclutter- so we can better hear God's voice. Remembering that reason is our motivation is important because it helps us to have better follow through.
"UNCLUTTERED" is divided into two sections. The first is "The Freedom of Less" and it is filled with ideas about how to cut out the unnecessary. The second section i
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Mandy
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading Uncluttered felt like having a conversation with a good friend - someone who really "gets" me and cares deeply about my well being. Ellis' writing is clear, refreshing, and oh-so-relatable. I found myself chuckling out loud one moment, and getting misty-eyed the next. This book comes at a time when many of us are trying to find ways to simplify our lives to help reduce stress and focus on what really matters. In Uncluttered, Ellis gently, humorously provides tangible and realistic sugges ...more
Lynda
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you feeling too busy and stressed to take the time to read a book? Uncluttered is just what you NEED! Making intentional decisions to step off this never ending cycle of busyness and stuff in our lives is the only way to become free to enjoy those thing most important in our lives.

Even though I do try to cut out the clutter of material things by continuously giving away things, my schedule and life has become exhausting. Some things are not so easy to change juggling life with a large famil
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Alicia
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I opened this book I made a beeline for the chapter on schedule as I was drowning in commitments and on a path to "yessing myself to death" and I was able to immediately put into practice her suggestions. Courtney writes with humor, warmth, grace, and insight. Her book is both practical and theological. I appreciated that she wrote not just about what to take away, but about what the gospel offers in its place, which I think is what really distinguishes this from just another book about min ...more
Lauren Flake
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Personal, practical, witty, and wise, Courtney's story gives us the freedom to let go of excess and pride. She guides readers through the many layers of decluttering their closets, schedules, and lives to find deeper faith and surrender in the Creator.
Cam
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I enjoyed reading this thought-provoking book. The concepts of reducing distractions and focusing your attentions on the most meaningful aspects of your life are not new ideas, but they provide deeply important, foundational guideposts. It is always the right time to take stock of your life and re-order your actions and priorities such that what you do is the most aligned with your end goal.

Uncluttered is a book that knows its identity and luxuriates in it. It's not an academic or bible-focused
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Dana Herndon
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good! I love that Uncluttered is not just about getting rid of physical clutter but about clearing out mental and spiritual clutter as well. I highlighted so much! Courtney gives great advice and is so relatable.
Eric Gustafson
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Uncluttered is such a great book! Anyone reading it will either eagerly or reluctantly agree that it is right on. We all know that the proliferation of “stuff” and busy-ness in our lives is stressing us out and stealing our joy. But the cool thing about this book is that we can come to believe that becoming uncluttered (and enjoying life more) may actually be possible for us.

As I read, I kept saying to myself, “I could have written this book!” Except that I couldn’t. Aside from the fact that I a
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Anna
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was 48 hours from the time I opened the package with Uncluttered in it, to the time I finished the last page. Though somewhat contrary to the overall message of slowing down and simplifying, I gobbled up every page of this book. Ellis offers an invitation to live a life that is open to the freedom and joy that comes from clearing out our junk, our schedule, and our hearts and minds. By the end of the book I had three pages of lists of things that I want to start uncluttering in my life. From ...more
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Author, speaker, and mom of three, Courtney Ellis serves alongside her husband as a Presbyterian pastor in southern California. Born in the northwoods of Wisconsin, she graduated from Wheaton College, Loyola University of Chicago, and Princeton Theological Seminary. "Uncluttered" is her first book.

Courtney and her family love to read and read and read some more, camp under the California stars, p
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