I was completely surprised by how just listening to this book changed my bad habits into healthy productive ones. I am 55 years old and never thought I'd get organized, but it's so easy with this book. I can hear Andrew Mellon tell me to put like with like every time I set something down. I like how he tells you the WHY of his methods. I am going to try to get my husband to listen to it!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is challenged with too much stuff and organization.
To Andrew Mellon I would say Thank You So Much!!!
The book contained much good advice, but the hectoring manner of the text/narration was too much for me. Also given that this was a book about uncluttering, and getting rid of stuff, the book was a literary clutter of advice and ideas that were repeated and repeated. I would suggest Mellon, take his own advice and unclutter the book to less than half the size, with some general principles chapters and then lists and short notes for the specific areas.
I certainly intend to follow his advice, regarding books, and dispose of this book immediately.
The hectoring tone and the endless repetition.
There are a number of useful point.
Would like my money back.
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for ideas and/or motivation for organizing their home/office/car/computer. The author approaches general ideas about organization and clutter control/release in the first part of the book and then moves on to approach the topic room by room and finally deals with your car and your computer files.
The narrator/author has a congenial and energetic tone and offers a lot of encouragement throughout the book. There are basic principals and specific pointers available for almost every possible space in your life. While the author does address hoarding and materialism, he doesn't get overly judgmental, but he doesn't pull any punches, either.
As a result of listening to this book, I cleaned out my closet and chest of drawers and various surfaces that were cluttered, and I'm motivated to do more. I generally consider myself an organized person, but what the author did for me was give me the necessary permission and encouragement to let go of some things I'd been keeping for reasons that weren't good enough to justify keeping them.
This is not just a book, but a full course in organization. There are even helpful lists available on the author's website to guide you through things like what to toss and what to keep, how long to keep certain records, and what you should and shouldn't find in certain spaces like your car. He refers to these lists in various areas of the book. Of course, everyone will have different opinions on some of his material, but overall, he makes sense.
I wish I'd had this book when I was two. I know...I know...I wouldn't have been ready for it...but I would have been more organized.
Great content, loved having the author read the book - he clearly is passionate about what he does!
Not applicable to this type book. That said, the author did tell stories to underscore his points - and they did just that. Stories are a powerful tool when you are trying to help people see and understand why they do things and to help them change.
Not applicable to this type book.
I have listened to the entire book twice and have listened to individual sections of the book numerous times - while I decluttered and organized that area of my life. Again - great book!
I made my husband listen to it on a long trip - he is all in and we are working on our place together. I have also recommended the book to family and friends who struggle with clutter.
Yes , great reference with good practical advise, good insure into human insecurities.
Of course the author and narrator.
His reading of his own book is great. He is firm, yet understanding and inspirational.
His in sight into why certain clients do not release themselves from the things that bind them. He is firm but sensitive and upbeat!
Would LOVE to work with Andrew in my home!... Have to go organize a bit first!
Thank you Andrew for you advise and guidance, I would really love to have my husband read your book too!
I love a good book...
I have held onto too many things for too long. I have begun to let go of some of those things and I am feeling lighter...I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to get a better handle on what "stuff" you have in your home or office.
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..
I really liked the ideas in the book. I tried the one about finding a home for your purse and keys and always putting them in that one spot. Seriously...I never search for either anymore! Sounds silly, it's an obvious/easy idea. But it worked and if I needed him to tell me that, well, it's ok, I needed the encouragement.
If all you do is listen to the book, I get the feeling that there'll be something missing. I finished it wishing I had the paper book because i think there were some written exercises/charts. Audio books are expensive...please provide these with the book so that I don't have to buy the paper too.
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!!!!
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
I did have an extreme reaction to the book. It made me CHANGE. I've been looking for lost keys for most of my 45 years, and did not believe that any book could change that situation. I also did not think that I could actually listen to someone talk to me about organization for about 10 hours without my head exploding. I now admit I was wrong. I have to say I really loved the book. Mellen actually managed to explain to me the ways I would need to change to make my life less overwhelming. My stuff had become such a burden - and I am by no means a hoarder or anything - just have a small home and too much stuff. The book gave me the tools and steps to solve my own problem. And Mellen manged to do all that and be entertaining as well. Highly recommended. Keep in mind the book does have some what may seem "corny" exercises. Just go with it. No one is watching you. I found it helpful to print all the downloads in one shot so I had them when they were referred to.