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I bought this as I originally read a long extract from it on my iPad Oprah Winfrey magazine. Very well written by a very likeable chap. I have umpteen books on declutter your life/home but somehow never seem to get round to end results. This book makes you look at your home in a new light. Assessing is just the main part where you really look at everything you own to ponder on the whys and wherefores you now possess it and it's effects on you. The actual dealing with it ( the usual chuck it, save it give away etc ) comes later along with caring for it . It made me really look at everything in our home in a completely different way. At last am getting there if slowly.
At the time of purchase I was decorating my house and hoping to get inspiration to create something tailored for me, rather than practicality. In the past I have looked into Feng Shui principles but this seemed to offer a more practical guide. However the homes which the author works with and discusses in the book are worth millions and the suggestions to implement changes to create your soul space would cost thousands. It did make me think a little more about my use of rooms in the house, but overall I was disappointed and wouldn't recommend.
I have had this book on my wish list for awhile and after being unwell and confined to bed and having to look at clutter all day I bought this book it is excellent and will give me the boot up the bum I need great !
Soulspace is not your typical decorator book. It is a timeless work that truly guides one to uncover and create their soul's space in their home. In it, one finds clear direction in the process of honouring who we are in where we live. The importance of letting go of things that hold us back, and embracing what that we love.
I Love it! I have already begun the process of creating my very own soul space.
One of my favorite books about the subject of clearing out clutter ... and more importantly, a book about making a person's surroundings fully support their growth as a person, and their present and future enjoyment of life's journey. I really liked the author's central idea: which I took to be that your surroundings and belongings can encourage the best to happen in your life ... or your surroundings and belongings can subtly hold that future back, and prevent it from happening. While I also got something out of other books on the same basic subject, this one (to me) seemed to really embrace the idea that your current surroundings can influence your future, in a good way or a bad way. That focus on one's best future, to me, made the book more exciting and inspiring than the idea of just taking what's already there and getting rid of some things; which is essentially a book about the past and the present, but without much of a focus on a person's future. This book assumes you're constantly evolving, as a person -- and I'm not so sure that's true with all other books of this type.
In retrospect, I guess I had been a victim of the unconscious belief that to spend time, effort and money doing things with no other purpose that for your own happiness, like beautifying and embellishing your living space, was wasteful and selfish. So glad the author gave me justification, 'permission' and guidance for how to do it. Ever since I read this book a month ago, beautifying my home has become a fun hobby for me. It doesn't even have to cost any money. As the author suggests, I discovered I had many beautiful things that were not being displayed, like a scarf (which drapes beautifully over a door), necklaces (which I created a mobile from by bending wire coat hangers), kid's crafts (painted rocks placed decoratively on window sills), christmas lights (run around bathroom mirror), broken off bare tree branch (I 'planted' it in an unused large terra cotta pot and hung mini fishbowls ($1 ea at craft store) with clear fishing wire, each containing a tiny terrarium plant), earrings (which I dangle from a lamp shade), unused decorative place mats (which I hot-glued to an ugly transhcan), a beautiful dress which I rarely wear (which I hung on the hook on the bathroom door). Makes me happy.
I LOVE this book and regularly recommend it to others. Xorin Balbes has an engaging writing style and does a good job balancing practical solutions with real world examples of how people created their own soul space. Although not a religious book by any means, this book starts feeding your soul before you even start implimenting the suggestions.
I first borrowed this book from the library, but after reading it I had to buy one for myself so I could loan it out to others.