Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup Including a GIVEAWAY - Ended

Winner is Trish 
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 de-clutter
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?

Get your copy on Amazon or enter the giveaway below.

Ruth Soukup
Ruth Soukup is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and founder of Begun simply as a way to hold herself accountable as she attempted to replace her overspending with a sustainable budget, LivingWellSpendingLess has since grown to be one of the top personal finance blogs on the web, averaging over a million readers each month. She is also the creator of the Living Well Planner (, an organizational tool dedicated to helping you live your life on purpose, as well as the founder of, an online course for professional bloggers and communicators.
Ruth lives in Florida with her husband and two daughters, Maggie and Annie.

My Take:
I am so excited about this book! I definitely need it, and odds are, if you are reading this review, you need it too!
Ruth's book is about cutting the clutter and finding grace instead. It begins with a great intro about two people merging with all their "stuff" and how quickly and easily we can accumulate more stuff. Ruth talks about the need to organize all the stuff, hence accumulating more stuff (storage boxes, bins, etc) to do that with. And in the end, the stuff just keeps growing! I love her sense of humor as she puts it all in perspective, and I can so see myself mirrored here. (I have certainly been guilty of the buying bins to organize only to have to buy more bins because those were not quite what I needed) But be warned! Some of her advice is an arrow to the heart, especially if you are a shop-a-holic.

Ruth begins with the home. The first few chapter talk about getting a vision for what you want, taming the stuff to fit your space instead of increasing space with storage ideas, and how to tame the kids stuff. She has some awesome tips, as well as, some tough love concepts! (Yeah, I am talking about getting rid of some of that stuff)
Part two consist of the mind. How much is too much? How is your stuff affecting your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual well-being? She addresses the idea of saying "No" (Yeah, I know, tough stuff) What about all that paperwork, and other people's stuff? (We have issues with that at our home)
Part three is about working on our soul. I totally get how chaos and overload affects our souls. Because more often than not I am there. In a book about de-cluttering, Ruth takes the time to talk about friendships, stress, and spirituality.

Honestly, there is a boatload of wonderful information in this book. More than can be taken in entirely in one setting. And you will want to refer back to this book over and over as you work through that stuff of yours.
I am certainly looking forward to de-cluttering and relaxing with a little more peace of mind and time to enjoy my family and friends instead of constantly organizing all the stuff.

I received a copy of this book from iconmedia and Zondervan in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review this book positively. 

Through Faith Gateway I just signed up for the 10 Day Challenge. You can too! I am keeping the emails and tips for future use. I plan on using this in a month or so after my daughters wedding when I start working on re-organizing my home.

open to U.S. residents only 
18 or over
please leave your email in safe format so I will have a way to contact you if you are selected as winner.
Leave a comment answering one or all of the following question.
What area of clutter do you struggle with? How do you handle it?
Do you easily let go of your "stuff"?
Gain an extra entry by sharing and letting me know where you shared. 
 Winner will be chosen April 24th. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. 


  1. I have a lot of clutter. I am pretty quick to get rid of things but I always seem to get more :-)

    1. You sound like me. I don't care to give my stuff away, but I love a good yard sale too! My struggle is getting others in my home to get rid of their things.

  2. I inherited my home from my mother who was a packrat her whole life. It's overwhelming the amount of stuff that is in my home. (Five bedroom house, 4 car garage.) It's packed. I NEED this book. jenndiggy at gmail dot com

  3. I want a clean, clutter free home, but it is hard for me to get rid of stuff. My biggest problem is clothes! I have clothing I have had for 10 years that I never wear, yet I can't part with it!
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    Ashley C

  4. I am a pack rat and seem to save everythng. I am attempting to de clutter my apartment

  5. I hate getting rid of stuff and I'm famous for saying I might need it "later". Of course later is a long time coming, most of the time, and there's so much to sort through that I have a hard time finding whatever it is, anyway lol

  6. I shared the giveaway on Facebook!

  7. I shared the giveaway on Facebook!

  8. I struggle with paper clutter. Would love to have the answer for this.

  9. The clutter collects on our kitchen counter top. I would love to have counters free from mail, toys and random items.

  10. My biggest challenge is paper clutter.

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  11. My clutter issue is working at home ... I am always juggling with decluttering my stuff plus work related clutter. I will go through a frenzy of decluttering a few times a year and move out a lot at those times. I want to get to the point where I do this routinely ... and of course, don't clutter to begin with! :-)

  12. My kids stuff, I have four at home still! I have to get rid of when they are busy and not around, no problem at all!

  13. I have a closet that I really need to get decluttered! I have a hard time getting rid of items that were given to me by deceased family members!


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