unstuffed book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

I started reading Unstuffed excited that the author would finally tell me how to get rid of my useless piles of junk. While I wasn’t disappointed, I also wasn’t wowed by the advice–to tell the truth, I was underwhelmed. Soukup has a popular one-in-a-million blog and whatnot and definitely knows her stuff (no pun intended), but I didn’t get much from her book that I didn’t already know.

The book has three main sections for decluttering the home, the mind and the soul. In the home section there are lists and tips for decluttering such as placing everything in a box for a month, taking everything off the counters, and keeping a central place to gather stuff  in order to properly organize it later. Well, OK…that would never work in my house but it may be good advice for someone else. The mind section focuses on discovering how and why we buy things as a pathway to having less stuff overall. Soukup gives good advice in this section on managing e-mail, managing children’s accumulated school related papers (artwork to permission slips), and purging mountains of emotional junk from loved ones. She suggests getting support, pacing your progress and in the end, just letting go.

Finally, the last section of the book includes relationship advice, information on developing a more peaceful spirit (in relation to all of our stressful junk), and learning to be a better friend in order to cultivate really meaningful relationships. We are told to take time to identify our triggers and stressors, and to make small, powerful and purposeful changes such as sleeping more, exercising more, going to church more, etc.

There are many tips and pre-cut sections, quizzes and helpful advice models and this book. Unfortunately, I have either a) seen it before; b) tried it before; or c) heard it before. I do recommend this book to those unfamiliar with basic concept of decluttering. When it comes to myself, I will just keep cleaning up daily since it seems to be working just fine for me.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.