July 10, 2012

Soul Space by Xorin Balbes

Soul Space by Xorin Balbes is a unique perspective of transforming your home that blends design techniques with psychology and spirituality. The eight stage process is fully manageable and when used, can transform your home and your life in ways you probably couldn’t even imagine before you started the process.

Book Description
Xorin Balbes created his eight-stage SoulSpace process to help his clients create homes that reflect and celebrate what is essential about their inhabitants. The process works for any budget, anytime, anywhere and results in inspiration, self-discovery, and practical solutions. Through the stages — assess, release, cleanse, dream, discover, create, elevate, and celebrate — you will explore not only the design of your abode but also your own interior: how you think, feel, and sense the world. Empowered with this self-knowledge, you will discover fresh ways to declutter, refresh, and enhance your living space. Xorin’s wonderfully unique technique will nurture and transform both your soul and your home.” – Soul Space

My Thoughts
Soul Space is perhaps one of the best (if not the best) books I have read about organizing, decorating, and creating a peaceful home. It is a bit ironic that I read this book while contractors were at my home working on the damages caused by a water leak. It definitely wasn't peaceful in my home while the work was being done, but reading this book then was really the perfect time to actually do all of his steps in the Soul Space process – just on an increased and rushed timeframe.

My family and I were in the forced to assess and release stages on many areas in the home, but continued to do those beginner stages with the rest of the house as well. Even though the house is not finished yet, and we’re still working on all of the stages, this book was the perfect reminder and friendly push I needed to let go of some things and enjoy my Soul Space.

I passed this book on to my Mom who is also going through all of these renovations, and normally it takes her awhile to read a book. This one she started reading and found it extremely inspirational (especially since we’re doing the stages right now) and she had many “ah-ha!” moments when reading it. She almost has it finished, and each time I see her reading it, she always has something to say about it and how she is going to use it to help with the process we’re going through now. I’ve told her many of these suggestions before either of us read the book, but Xorin does a better job expressing it than I did.

I highly recommend this book to everyone to read. It should really be read by everyone to create a relaxing and revitalizing home environment. This is about much more than deciding which pieces of furniture to keep or which clothes to display in your closet. This book helps you on a soul level, and helps you get rid of the extra baggage holding you back. Not many books can encourage such dramatic changes, but this is one that truly does, and should not be skipped.

* Thank you to the publisher of Soul Space, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Michelle said...

Thanks for the review on this it is something that I seriously need to read to reclaim my space!

Lucy said...

I know someone I am going to give this to as a gift :)

Sheri said...

So glad you both are getting it and you are giving it to someone who could use it Lucy! :) I think this is a really great book!

Anonymous said...

I just had the librarian get this book for me to read ASAP! Thanks for this inspiring review Sheri!

Pat said...

Hi Sheri: Thanks for your review. I love Xorin's work and insights. Best of luck with your blog. Keep writing!