Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup

Lately, I've been feeling unsettled with the amount of stuff in our house. I've recognized the overwhelming feeling that comes with an overabundance of toys and things. Even clothes have produced anxiety in me because I realized I had way more than I need.

Lately, I’ve been feeling unsettled with the amount of stuff in our house.  I’ve recognized the overwhelming feeling that comes with an overabundance of toys and things.  Even clothes have produced anxiety in me because I realized I had way more than I need.

As Eric and I have talked about the goals we have for our family and the things we want to walk towards, we’ve had to recognize that we need to start making some changes now that will making reaching those goals easier and happen more quickly once we are actually ready.  And that change starts by getting rid of the clutter.  The unpractical.  The things we hung on to because we thought “oh, someday we’ll use this for sure!”

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Getting Help With Becoming Unstuffed

UnstuffedSo I’ve picked up an abundance of books to help with the subject.  And I started with Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup.  I was familiar with Ruth because of her blog, Living Well Spending Less.  I love the idea of being “unstuffed.” Of recognizing that the abundance of things in our homes that serve no useful purpose actually weigh us down.

Like the title suggests, Soukup walks you through three areas of life to declutter: home, mind, and soul.  She shares personal stories and practical tips to help you begin the process of unstuffing your life.  I loved the question, what purpose does it serve in your home? I’m so quick to save everything of sentimental value.

Hello, my name is Amy and I’m a hoarder.  I just found my RSVP’s for my wedding three years ago.

Soukup applies biblical truths to remind you what you should be holding on to, and what we should hold loosely onto.  Knowing those facts doesn’t necessarily make it easier.  But it does help.  Ruth also suggests creating If, Then statements to help you sort through papers, digital data and more.  I applied it to my clothes actually, realizing that I was still clinging to my Minnesota wardrobe of sweatshirts and long pants when living in Texas for two years now requires a much different wardrobe.  Sure, I’ve kept several things from my Minnesota wardrobe, but one does not require 10 different sweatshirts when it’s 100 degrees for about two months of the year.

Clearing the Clutter Clears the Mind

I’ve discovered in the two years we’ve been in our house that I need clean kitchen counters to have a clear mind.  I sleep better when I know I’ve done everything I can to clean off my kitchen counters and not wake up to a mess of gross dishes. And I’ve realized that the wall to wall furniture and things are also making my mind crazy.

We all need some blank space in our lives.  As a teenager, I wanted every single space of wall covered with posters and things.  I’ve carried that need into my life today.  But if the full space makes me feel crazy, then it’s not worth hanging on to.  It’s better to let go.  Feel peace.  Experience peace.  Live in peace.  And be able to invite others into that peace too.

And as we unstuff our lives, we can know that we are working hard towards our goals and chasing the dreams that God has given us for our family.

Amy

One of the cool things about Unstuffed is that there’s a DVD and small group study to go along with it.  And I have a copy of the DVD that I’m giving away!  The giveaway will run from today (August 18) through Wednesday (August 23).

 

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