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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.
In the beginning of the book, I was a little turned off by the "touchy-feely" nature of examining your core values. Once I got passed that point, I found the book not only mapped out a plan for organizing many areas of your life, it also had some eye-opening ideas about our relationship to our stuff (at least for me). This book was well worth my money and time.
Do the exercises.....follow his plan.....you can't even begin to believe the difference it will make in your life.
This was a useful book for me. I wouldn’t call it enjoyable, but it was useful. Andrew Mellen clearly presented an organized, elaborate set of steps for getting rid of excess “stuff” and organizing the rest so that it can be useful again, no longer lost in the jumble of daily living. This is not something I have ever been good at, and my husband is at least as bad, so having a blueprint of ideas to follow will be helpful to both of us. It took me longer to complete this audiobook than most of the same length because I stopped to actually work on some of the tasks recommended. I also downloaded lists of tasks from his website.
Mellen makes an excellent case for unloading many of our belongings and then putting what remains in order; while I will not follow his plan to the letter, I do intend to incorporate a lot of it into my life. I will definitely listen to specific chapters again as I attack each room of the house, the car, the carport, etc. I may even buy the print version of this book as we progress, if that seems like a good idea.
This book has caused me to change my behavior for the better already. This morning, for example, I found some Pre-Cambrian pizza in the freezer. I had been saving it for “some day” even though we didn’t like it when we choked down the first two in a package of three. Instead of putting it back in the freezer (as I had previously done a number of times), I decided to get it out of our lives forever. I cooked and cut it up to be used as dog training treats. As I put the containers into the refrigerator, I actually labeled each so they could be found and used before they spoil. I know it’s a small step, but I felt good about it, which means I will continue to work on the detritus in my life in small steps and larger ones. (And the dogs thoroughly approve!)
Considering the positive influence Unstuff Your Life has already had on us, why did I give it 4 stars rather than 5? It’s because I nearly stopped listening to this audiobook during the first two chapters when Mellen insisted that I answer a huge list of probing questions clearly aimed at getting to the bottom of my slovenliness. It was truly tiresome, and I would never have continued past page 10 of the print book. I know what my problem is: I have too many interests that interfere with maintaining order, and once things get out of control, it is too enormous a job to undertake--considering how much I truly hate this kind of thing. Some of his lecturing was needed in order to get me going, to make it OK for me to throw out or repurpose broken or useless items (old pizza, for example). But for me, at least, all that introspection was overdone.
Still, I highly recommend this book if you can’t always find your car keys or if there are times you spend way too much time looking through packed closets for something to wear that actually fits. It’s all common sense, and we’ve heard most of it before, but having a workable plan laid out just might make it easier to tackle “unstuffing” your life.
Andrew Mellen has a way of delivering his points, ideas, etc, in a way that very much appeals to my brain. I know it sounds weird, but he echoes what I've known to be important - to ME - and my family just doesn't understand. Will use the audiobook and printed version to try and get our house where I need it to be, for my ADD/OCD's sake. :)
Andrew J. Mellen is to Stuff, what Dave Ramsey is to Personal Finance! This book and its "slow" process of growing order into your life is awesome. I can now find my keys! One place for everything and everything in its place works wonders.
This book gets you to examine who you are based upon the stuff you have and your relationship to it. It is worth reading and listening to multiple times and even more worth applying in your life! There is such a thing as finding peace without conspicuous consumerism.
What is more all of the forms he mentions in the audio can easily be downloaded from the web. This makes it one of the better self-help books on that note alone. The book is full of helpful suggestions and exercises to help you achieve the victory over stuff.
This book has vaulted into my top ten life altering books.