I love this book because it really is practical. That, by the way, is an extreme understatement.....! The author approaches the subject with clear, concise directions that explain WHY you should/should not do something as well as the HOW.
I honestly didn't think I'd get anything out of this book. I figured I knew what he was gonna' say and that I was going to consider it just "so much noise." B U T.... it's not. It's great advice. By the end of the introduction, I was jazzed. By the middle of the book, I was motivated. By the end of the book, I had already made more progress than I've made on my own in 10 years............
Apart from being terrific information, it also happens to be fun and ofttimes funny. Mr. Mellen has a slightly sarcastic (but not caustic) sense of humor that makes you kinda' shake your head, laugh, and say, "Yep, that's me!" His reading is also right up there as "the perfect voice" for his own material (and I don't usually say that about authors reading their own stuff.).
Unless you are already a perfect housekeeper/organizer, I GUARANTEE you that you will find enough gems in this book to make it well worth your time and money.
It ranks high.
There are books about how to organize, but this book deals with the person's fundamental human nature, habits and character. The author tries to change them and he changed me, honest.
He is loving and caring for those who want to change to be organized people.
No. It takes time to follow and organize according to instructions.
It really changed me. I am a procrastinator. My desk was cluttered with papers, letters and other stuff. I am no more a procrastinator. I answered all my letters. I organized the file. Now the desk is clean and I have a good feeling which I never had before. Unnecessary things disappeared from the kitchen countertop. The kitchen drawers were organized. I inherited the spirit of the author. From now on I hope to have a minimal, simple and organized life. Thank you Andrew Mellen! I read the book twice.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
brilliant and practical hints and tips to organise your life.. and to unclutter the clutter.
I listen in stages between other books and you can also visit the website for more tips..
Knowledge is power if applied soon after....
I have recommended this book to several people. There are times when I listen to this book for entertainment value and pure enjoyment. What an entertaining book to share and listen to while organizing and reevaluating why we buy the things we buy or keep the things that do not serve us!!!!
Science writer in America's heartland
This is an emotional examination of why we accumulate stuff, and how to begin to address getting rid of it. This book inspired me to clean out our "junk room" while I was listening to it, and it gave me strategies that I have used ever since.
Good ideas that I can implement.
Everything has a home; like with like.
Good self-help book.
Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!
Absolutely recommend this book. Author breaks down steps to MAKE LASTING CHANGES and establish new habits into manageable pieces. Habits are more than a one day sorting project, and Andrew gives you the tools to develop good "stuff".
Dealing with stuff is more than organizing.
I love his sense of humor and seriousness both. His voice lends a personal quality. He is personally guiding you through the change process.
You are NOT your stuff.
Recommend this for anyone who needs even a little help simplifying or streamlining a busy life as well as for anyone who is ready to tackle a major life change from hoarder to freedom from stuff.
Yes, this book gives you tricks that you will take away and use. I learned to put my keys in the same place every night and I learned to not travel between rooms unless I am carrying something with me. He helps you to get organized step by step.
Dunno, Its in a class of its own!
His passion about getting organized comes through in his sincere vocal patterns!
The only extreme reaction I had is why didnt I know about this idea early?
While this book won't cure hoarding issues, it gives the average mom a starting place and it paces you to where you enjoy it all the way.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to organize his/her life... quickly and easily. I haven't finished it yet, still employing the first couple of chapters.
I was expecting a more Zen-like approach with loads of Aha moments.
I wouldn't take that task on.
It just wasn't my thing at all. Way too condescending & boring. I have now listened to 7 other Audible books an loved them all. This is the first one I gave up on.