Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup

This week I read yet another book on decluttering. I find that I get highly motivated to declutter when I'm reading a book about decluttering, but soon the inspiration wears off. So if I'm regularly putting this message into my brain, I'm constantly thinking about it and following through with the many great ideas presented in the books.

Unstuffed focuses on three larger areas of life - our home, our mind and our soul. The book is divided into three parts, each part dealing with one of the three topics, and each of the three larger parts is divided into three chapters.

Part One: Home
  1. Living
  2. Storage
  3. Kids
Part Two : Mind
  1. Schedule 
  2. Paperwork
  3. Other People's Stuff 
Part Three: Soul
  1. Friends
  2. Wellness
  3. Spirit
I love that Ruth starts out this book by encouraging readers to take an honest look at how their home is used. So often we fall into the trap that our home needs to look a certain way and so we fill rooms with furniture or other items that don't fit our lifestyle. When you walk into the front door of my home, you walk into what was designed to be a living room and dining room. However, we use this space for music and homeschooling. 

Ruth gives very practical advice like resist and eliminate temptation by staying out of stores, and also presents assignments and challenges to get your home and schedule under control. When it comes to guarding our soul, Ruth offers encouragement for setting boundaries and establishing healthy habits. 

If you already are familiar with the idea that living with less can actually lead to living more fully, then this book will not offer any new ideas. However, it's always an encouragement to read another testimony of how decluttering has positively affected lives.

I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for this review.


  1. Sounds like a great read. While I didn't full Kon Marie my stuff I have thought about what I buy and leave behind on the shelf at the store.

  2. I'll look for this book in my library. I agree that sometimes we just need a 'reboot'.

  3. I'll look for this book in my library. I agree that sometimes we just need a 'reboot'.