Perhaps the most honest, down-to-earth, practical text I’ve read on removing clutter and simplifying multiple areas of one’s life, Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup reveals raw, vulnerable, and helpful experience and advice easily relatable and applicable to a broad audience. Soukup doesn’t dwell on the home or physical “stuff” exclusively, delving with equal emphasis into equally important aspects of one’s life, some of which include one’s time, energy, relationships, and the necessity of relying on God’s grace in all things.
Soukup lets her readers know from the start that “this book is not a step-by-step guide on how to declutter your home” (21), demonstrating primarily through narration the importance of decluttering (something with which she continues to wrestle), but embedding throughout the text many straightforward tips and plans for doing just that. This all-around great resource may be accompanied by an app (Unstuffed) that may help one practice what is learned. (I’ve not tested the app’s usefulness, so feel free to comment and let others know how it works if interested.)
To further emphasize my recommendation of Unstuffed, the review on my blog with the most traffic, receiving hits everyday from around the world, is that for Simplify by Bill Hybels, which I very much do not recommend. Unstuffed is everything that book wants to be and more. I will be updating my reviews of Simplify on multiple sites with a recommendation for Unstuffed. Kudos, Soukup, and blessings on your continued blessing to others.
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