Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup #Review

Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup
Releasing on April 5th 2016
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 schedule, and the weight of a life that sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels your pain–she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower each of us to finally declutter not just our home, but our mind and soul as well. Unstuffed is real, honest, and gets right down to the question we are all facing–how can we take back our lives from the stuff that is weighing us down?

In this book we will:

  • Create a comprehensive vision for our homes, and make instant changes to improve its overall function.
  • Discover that more closet space is not the solution, and instead learn how to set strict limits for the stuff we bring in
  • Overcome the frustration of dealing with our kids’ influx of stuff and implement practical solutions for keeping the chaos at bay.
  • Recognize the pitfalls of an overstuffed schedule BEFORE it gets out of hand, and instead learn to combat the culture of busy that keeps us running from one thing to the next.
  • Finally conquer that mountain of paperwork that threatens to tumble down around us at any moment.
  • Let go of the guilt that gets attached to gifts and instead learn to separate our loved ones from their stuff.
  • Begin to cultivate our real friendships while eliminating the toxic relationships that weigh us down.

Who Needs This Book?

Unstuffed was written for anyone who feels stressed out or weighed down by a life that feel chaotic, out-of-control, and completely overstuffed. It speaks to the mom who is overwhelmed by the clutter that comes pouring into every facet of her home and schedule, from trinkets and paperwork to endless obligations and activities.

It is for the woman who craves not just a step-by-step guide to ridding our lives of STUFF, but a true understanding of why our lives become so stuffed in the first place–and what we can do to stop the madness, once and for all.

Most of all, it is for the person who is tired of feeling guilty for not being able to do it all, the woman who can’t ever quite seem to keep up with other people’s obligations of what her home is supposed to be, the mom who is exhausted by always trying to get it right.

Want to know if this book is for you?

  • Have you ever found yourself buying more storage containers to organize stuff you probably should have just gotten rid of?
  • Do you ever find yourself frustrated that even when you do manage to get your house cleaned up, it never seems to stay that way?
  • Do you sometimes feel like you can’t keep up with all the activities and obligations you have committed to?
  • Do you ever struggle to find an important piece of paper because there are just too many pieces of paper to keep track of?
  • Have you ever felt guilty for getting rid of something that was a gift, or held on to something you didn’t really like because someone gave it to you?
  • Do you feel like there are people in your life who simply suck the life out of you?
  • Have you ever felt like you need more balance?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, this book provides realand practical solutions from someone who has been there. Ruth doesn’tjust offer advice, she walks it with you, and shares with brutal honesty her own mistakes, failures, and shortcomings.  It is encouraging,motivating, and life-changing.

Review
This is not the normal type of book that I usually review here at The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf. However, I felt that I needed to share this book with everyone. I was chosen to be on the launch team and was thrilled to receive an early copy of Unstuffed.
This book could not have come at a better time in my life. I recently had a baby and decided to move back to my hometown to be closer to my family. As I was packing, I was overcome with the urge to just throw as much stuff away as I could because that’s all it was. It was stuff  that I had collected over the years that I had no real use for. Then I added all of my baby’s things to that so I had a two bedroom apartment that could have filled a three bedroom house.
Reading Unstuffed was so motivational. Ruth Soukup has a lot of advice that really helps the average person get control of their stuff. There are motivational quotes throughout the book as well as stories from people who have reached out to Ruth. Ruth also includes her own personal story. It’s incredible to see how far she has come from where she started.
I cannot even begin to describe how much this book has helped me to realize that all of the stuff that I was hanging on to was not important and that it was okay to get rid of it. I still have a lot of progress to make towards #unstuffing my life but I will definitely be using Unstuffed and it’s resources to help me achieve my ideal goal.
The book includes several worksheets that will help to get organized. I would highly recommend getting the print version of Unstuffed so that the worksheets can be utilized to their full potential.
**note: I’m not going to rate this book since it doesn’t compare to the books I read on a normal basis.