Do you feel like your life is overflowing with stuff? Are your drawers and closets filled to the brim? Do you have trouble remembering if you have an item or finding it? If you are ready to get rid of the things you don’t need so that you can free up time to take care of only items you need and love, then, order Ruth Soukup’s book Unstuffed today! You can get it here (affiliate): Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul
One of the unique things about Unstuffed is the “weekend challenge.” The book goes step by step through how long to spend in each room, the best order of rooms to work on and how to decide what to keep and what to give or throw away. I have read many organizing books and this book has the most comprehensive step by step cleaning challenge of any book I have read.
The idea behind the weekend challenge is to get a big win right out of the gates. Once you have cleared out and organized a large portion of your stuff, the idea is that you will be excited to finish up the few projects you may not have gotten to during the weekend challenge. Most people will not be able to completely clean and organize their house in one weekend but when our family completed this challenge, we got much more done than I expected.
The weekend challenge consists of cleaning Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon and evening. It is A LOT of work! However, the results will be well worth it. Everyone in our family participated as the goal is for the family to work together as a team on this project. We went through every drawer, closet and surface in the rooms we cleaned. Anything that we didn’t love or use was either thrown away if it was worn out or given to Goodwill if it was still in good condition. At the end of the weekend, we had 4 truckloads of stuff to throw away or donate!
I am very sentimental and I thought I would have a hard time with throwing and/or giving so much stuff away. A verse that I had to keep reminding myself of is in Matthew 6:19 where it says, “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or-worse!-stolen by burglars.” (MSG)
As I was going through my belongings I realized that there are a lot of things that I’m not sentimental about and that I didn’t use or didn’t even remember that I had. Getting rid of these things will allow someone else to have the opportunity to use them. It also gives me plenty of space for the things I do use and enjoy seeing. For example, clearing off the things I didn’t need on the top of my cabinets in the kitchen, like a cake plate that wasn’t even mine, gave me space to display my grandmother’s punch bowl which I do love and use.
After this weekend, I adore how my house looks! Not only is it more open with so much of the clutter gone but I know that it is clean not just on the surface but even in every drawer and closet. I know what I have and can find things that I need easily. Becoming unstuffed has changed the atmosphere of our home for the better! Have you participated in the Unstuffed weekend challenge? I would love to hear your results!
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