Who Needs This Book?

Unstuffed is written for every woman who currently feels stressed out and weighed down by homes and schedules that feel chaotic, out-of-control, and completely overstuffed. It speaks to the mom who is overwhelmed with the vast quantities of STUFF that comes pouring into her home, from trinkets and paperwork to endless obligations and activities, and who craves not just a step-by-step guide to ridding her life of clutter, but a true understanding of why our lives become so stuffed—and what we can do to stop the madness, once and for all.

What is this book about?

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 schedules, and the weight of a life that sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.

Have you ever wished you could get rid of all the STUFF weighing you down, once and for all? Do you long to find balance and order? Are you unsure of where to even begin?

Ruth Soukup feels your pain—she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower you to finally declutter not you’re your home, but your minds 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, together 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 and 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.
  • Cultivate our real friendships while eliminating toxic relationships that weigh us down.
  • Find balance by letting go of unhealthy habits that can add to our spiritual clutter.
  • Learn to embrace the moments that matter most, and to eliminate the unnecessary in order to find our true calling.

Writing Prompts:

Not quite sure what to write about? Here are a few ideas from the book to get you started:

  • From Chapter 1: Living

“The very first step towards becoming unstuffed is being realistic about how we actually use our homes, as well as how we want to use our homes. After all, filling our home with things we don’t need based on a fantasy that will never happen is nothing more than an exercise in frustration. Instead, when we are honest with ourselves and with our spouses about the purpose and function of our living space, it becomes easier to sift out the things that matter from the things that only add to the chaos.”

How did Unstuffed help you change the way you look at your home? Have you been filling your space with things you don’t need based on a fantasy? What are some concrete changes you plan to make?

  • From Chapter 2: Storage

“For those of us who struggle with too much stuff, even the biggest basement won’t be large enough to contain it all. Because at the heart of the matter, the problem is not the size of our closets, it is us, and more storage space is not the solution.”

Have you ever blamed your clutter problem on a lack of storage space? What steps do you plan to take to become clutter free?

  • From Chapter 3: Kids

“It’s easy to use holidays and special occasions as an excuse for more stuff. But we can say yes to the special without saying yes to the stuff. They don’t have to go hand in hand.”

What are the biggest challenges you face with your kids’ stuff? How can you say yes to the special without saying yes to the stuff?

  • From Chapter 4: Schedule

“We can’t slow down for fear our lives won’t matter if we do. The busyness gives us purpose; the jam-packed schedule provides meaning to an otherwise empty life. But here’s the truth: A busy life is not the same as a meaningful one. Athletic, successful, or talented children do not make us more important. Activities, obligations, and commitments do not make us count. If we’re looking for the answer to our frustration, despair, and hopelessness in a full calendar, we will never find it there. In fact, quite often, the fuller our calendar becomes, the emptier our heart feels.”

Have you ever filled your calendar in an attempt to find meaning? What changes were you inspired to make in your schedule as a result of this chapter?

  • From Chapter 5: Paper

Most of the time my paper problem is really a procrastination problem. It’s not the paperwork that is stressing me out; it is the obligation that gets attached to it, and my unwillingness to deal with it.”

Do an honest assessment of the state of your paperwork. Are you drowning in it? Do you agree that your paper problem is really a procrastination problem? What could you do differently?

  • From Chapter 6: Other People’s Stuff

“In order to give up the guilt that causes us to hold on tight to other people’s stuff, we have to first reset our thinking. We have to accept, at our core, the fundamental truth that people and things are not one and the same.”

Have you ever felt guilty about getting rid of someone else’s stuff? How did this chapter affect you?

Please keep in mind that these are only ideas. You are also welcome to write a review of the book or write whatever comes to mind after reading Unstuffed. We definitely want this to work for you and the natural style of your blog!

Publishing Checklist

  1. Add an Intro—let your readers know you are part of the Unstuffed Blog Tour. You can use the following blurb, or edit it to fit your own style:

This post is written as part of the Unstuffed Blog Tour, which I am excited to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more about the blog tour and join us, click HERE.

  1. Add an Outro—be sure to talk about and link to the book! Feel free to use the following blurb or edit it to fit your own style:

Declutter your home, mind and soul once and for all in Ruth Soukup’s life-changing new book, Unstuffed. Through personal stories and practical action plans, she will inspire you to finally clear the STUFF that is weighing you down—once and for all.

  1. Add Images—choose from any of the images below. You can also download them all here.
  2. Share on Social Media—be sure to use the hashtags #Unstuffed and #UnstuffedBook so that we can share it on our social media channels as well!
  3. Link Up to the Blog Tour—add your blog post URL to the blog tour linky found here.

Tweets

Here are some grab-and-go tweets to get you started!

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Images

Feel free to use any of these images in your blog posts or on social media. You do not need special permission to use any of these images. You can also directly download all the images HERE.

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