Unstuff is the kind of book you might need to listen to several times. The author gives you his website where you can download the first chapter with the table of contents so you can return to certain chapters over and over. There are also other hand outs so you can do your own work in this "improve your life" book.
Andrew J. Mellen goes to core issues and values to explore and motivate the reader. His instructions are simple and make sense. His fundamental rule "A home for everything and like with like" has become my new mantra as I bring order to my space and life.
Because Mellen reads his own work and has a very pleasent voice, I feel I am hearing it as it was ment to be heard. I was able to listen again and again while I actuall started on my projects. It was like having my own coach in the room. Also it was easier to implement his advice in a step by step fashion.
This is not a book to read in one sitting. This is a book you will refer to again and again for instruction and encouragement.
As a therapist I read many self help books so I can make recomendations to my clients. Often people feel out of control and overwhelmed by the stuff in their lives. This book offers many clear answers on how to tame our stuff.
Not only does the author give you the physical instruction for organizing your life and the stuff in it, he also addresses the emotional tug behind "why" we keep so much stuff and when it is okay to get rid of it. I loved this book!!
The author read his own material and has a very pleasant voice.
Too long for one sitting plus, you have work to do along the way.
This book inspired me to let go of so much clutter that I have been carrying around with me for years. This has been the most life changing book I have listened to because I actually made changes in my life and house. As my house was fairly clean I didn't expect to pick up that many tips. The book inspired me to go from one room to the next. I just listened to Andrew tell his stories. I completely un cluttered a 3 bedroom house with a double garage in 5 days. Read this book it will change your life.
Being empowered to throw away unwanted gifts or gifts that didn't add any value in my life.
Sentimental land, the place where you put all the objects in your life that serve no value other than to jog your memories and make you smile.
Two simple concepts. Like with like and one place for everything. Once I followed these two simple rules across my whole house it was amazing the change that occurred.
Once I followed these rules I discovered 22 tins of tuna. 9 boxes of tissues and 10 tubes of toothpaste.
Buy this book. Even if you don't think you need it, still buy this book. I didn't need to make one change in the 'vital' chapter 2 because I already had a system but still I think this is the most worthwhile book I have listened to.
Good ideas that I can implement.
Everything has a home; like with like.
Good self-help book.
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
As I write this review, I have eight bankers' boxes of Christmas ornaments, decorations and lights sitting near my door. I've labeled each box on all four sides, so I will be able to open tree lights first. The boxes will go to overhead storage in my garage, away from the risk of flooding from a heavy storm, or damage from too-high temperatures. I didn’t run out to Target or Walmart and buy expensive Christmas red and green storage containers and try to jam my treasures into them. I used what worked.
This is the first year that I've been confident that next year, getting decorations will take a few minutes, not a few hours. The year is looking up already.
I actually purchased this Audible book back in July, and I've listened all of it at least once, and to some parts several times. I go back to it so often, it's the only Audible book I haven't removed from my iPhone. Every once and a while, I need motivation or ideas, and so I listen to an especially helpful part.
I've only misplaced my keys twice since I listened to this book, and I haven't done that since I found the right place to keep them. The right place wasn’t a special key fob or an out of the way place the author demanded. It’s a place that I thought of myself, and I use automatically now.
Since the beginning of the school year, my children have known where their school supplies were. It turned out I had so many stashed all over the place, I didn’t have to buy anymore – and we donated some to my daughter’s school.
This isn’t a book for someone with a compulsion that makes them a candidate for A&E’s Hoarders. Mellen purposely avoids delving into pop psychology analysis of organization and messiness, which makes it guilt free. My house gets messy because I’m busy and I didn’t know how to organize, not because I collect swizzle sticks or can’t get rid of old makeup.
Definitely a good start to the New Year – or even mid-year, like I did.
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Lovely voice to listen to so I loved the audio edition.
I finally got it that the stuff Im keeping is NOT the person who gave it to me. It is just STUFF. A great book to help you declutter and organise.
Voice is great for audio.
Yes as I don't read self help book
nothing, the author did a great job with humour
I was organizing while I was listening.
Man up!!!! and just do it.
Got me working.
Clean email inboxes daily during a less productive time of the day and only once or twice a day.
I live in Central Florida. I work part time in Orlando doing landscape. I am married and have two grown sons.
Easy formula to follow.
It motivated me.
I have tried a lot of self help books to get organized. This one is easy to follow and very helpful. My husband loves that I am getting my house so organized!!
I must disagree with the other (good) reviews; I didn't care for this and I'm surprised others found it so helpful. I wanted to like it, but I just didn't. I should preface this with the disclaimer/admission that I didn't finish this book; I only got through the first half or so. Normally I would always finish a book out of fairness before reviewing it, but the reason I stopped listening is the very point: I was starting to feel like the author was mocking, or belittling me. His tone and messages were actually quite condescending. "Take a deep breath.... don't panic...." etc. In the beginning I thought "I get it, down to earth sarcasm, like a friend might do, ha ha" and continued to listen. But it became increasingly annoying, more like "that" friend; the one who seems friendly but then very subtly belittles you and later you wonder why you hang out with him at all.
Yes, he makes it very clear what to do, in easy steps. But he spells it out so simplistically, that I started wondering if he thinks disorganized people are all imbeciles. "Put your keys in a bowl by the door... go ahead, do it now....right now. Was that so bad??". Which leads me to my next complaint: There's nothing in this book that I haven't read before. I suppose books on this topic can only vary so much, but I found the instruction very predictable and I'm not sure he had any ideas I couldn't figure out myself or haven't read elsewhere: Keep similar things together, don't have office supplies in the kitchen where you cook, etc. No kidding. If you need instructions THAT simplistic, then perhaps you would appreciate this book more than I did.
I also found it annoying that I was instructed to put the book down and go do the instructed things before continuing with the next chapter, almost as if I couldn't be trusted. And he repeats himself WAY too much, the book could be easily half the length if he didn't feel the need to repeat himself so many times. A very long portion of the beginning was telling me what the book would tell me.... just get to it for God's sake! Interesting that the description states "foolproof instructions"; because he really does talk in a way that suggests I am a fool who needs small words and constant repeating. He seems to think that because I'm disorganized I must suffer from an extreme anxiety disorder. I don't need to be "talked down" on why not to panic about what type of bowl to toss my keys into. I get it. Put them in a bowl. Next? I ended up ditching the book before he either outright called me a moron, or started baby-talk: "Can you put like things with like things?? Can you?? Be a big girl now..." I don't need to pay money (too much money to boot) to be talked down to.
I usually try to balance my reviews with both good and bad, but I honestly have little good to say about this book, other than he puts things very simply. So if you need to be told the obvious, like keep your keys by the door and don't have so many magazines, this book is for you. I should have been warned just by the sample, where he describes us listeners as "clumsy, unfocused and slightly desperate". REALLY?