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.

Have you heard of Ruth Soukup? I hadn’t up until about…8 months ago, but she is the amazing woman who runs Living Well, Spending Less.  I first found Ruth on Amazon, when I saw her bestselling book pop up as recommended reading after I bought The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Her first book is titled…you guessed it, Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life.

It was just before we were about to move back to Oklahoma from West Virginia, and I wanted to get rid of as much stuff as humanly possible. I wasn’t sure that Living Well, Spending Less would be very helpful with getting rid of things, based solely on the title, but it absolutely was. That said, it was most valuable for all of the lessons it had packed inside regarding spending. But I digress.


Ruth Soukup is the reason that I have this blog. She runs Elite Blog Academy (in which I am currently enrolled), which I found through her website, Living Well Spending Less. I’m not sure how I found out about the opportunity the be on her Unstuffed launch team (it was either EBA or her website), but I knew that I wanted to jump on it!

Ruth sent me the first two chapters of Unstuffed to preview, and after reading them I’m so glad I’ve already pre-ordered the book. If you decide you’d like to pre-order it as well, go to the Unstuffed website to see how you can also get $75 in bonuses!

Unstuffed Bonuses!!

Anywho, let’s get back to the book! It’s broken into three parts: Home, Mind and Soul. The two chapters I got to read, Living and Storage, are the first two chapters of the book and are both a part of the Home segment. I was immediately drawn in by the very first sentence, “I have a love-hate relationship with stuff.”

Preach! That is me – 100%. I looooove stuff! I love buying it, I love gifting it, I love giving it. But I haaaaaaate stuff. It’s everywhere, it collects dust, it takes up space. If you can relate to this – I promise, Ruth Soukup will be your new Queen of Everything. I hadn’t really thought about it until I read it in Unstuffed, but Ruth talks about when she did a decluttering challenge on her website, and 50,000 (!!) readers joined in, she heard from a lot of people that going without stuff as children made them turn to excess as adults.  “They grew up not being able to afford anything, and overcompensated by wanting everything.” We weren’t dirt poor when I was young, we had clothes and food and a warm house, but we were never outside of the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle.


In the end, it doesn’t really matter how you accumulated all of your stuff. If you have too much stuff, and you want to stop the cycle, the first thing you have to do is change the way you think. The problem isn’t lack of storage space, or needing a better organizational system. The problem is not being realistic with what the purpose of your home is. “How do you use your home?” Ruth asks us. “Who do you share your home with? How do you want your home to feel?” There is an activity at the end of the Living chapter to help you figure out all of those things. Once you’ve done that, trash, donate or sell anything that doesn’t contribute to your end goals, feeling and function for your home.

BOOM! You’ve already taken the first steps to becoming Unstuffed! And you don’t even have the book in your hands yet! Imagine what Ruth can do with 8 more chapters!

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.

I was not paid for this post, and all opinions contained herein are totally 100% those of yours truly! (That’s me.) I’ve also got some Amazon affiliate links scattered around in this post, just so ya know!


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Author: Jess Leonard

It's me, Jess! Seen here with Husband, and one of our pooches, Ainsley. I'm 27-years-old, beyond ready for babies, and super broke. Join me on this insane journey of figuring out how to live the lives we want as baby crazy, but heavily indebted millennials. Fun facts about me: I grew up in Southern California, near Coachella, I looooove jamming on my planner (I use a MAMBI Happy Planner), and my spirit animal is Leslie Knope.

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