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.
Entertaining informative motivating (in the most fun way possible when talking about cleaning out your garage for example )
Author is an excellent speaker, insightful, & laugh out loud funny
There are many but his sarcastic insights sprinkled throughout the book made me laugh out loud . I will listen to this book many times...just plug in at any page to get my thinking back on track.
Bought this book because of the reviews... & to deal with my office.
Most of my life is nicely organized but, well, you know, we all have our problem areas. Andrew gave me some insights & the mild chiding I needed to tackle those areas.
Simple stuff like I never thought to listen to my fav tunes while filing, changing my thinking from "augh, have to tackle the €£%¥# pile of filing now" to the feeling of satisfaction of getting it done & staying on top of it.
He will help you change how you think about your stuff & your life in the most entertaining way.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
For those willing to do the work, this book is a blessing. No more overthinking about how to overcome yourself. Everything is step-by-step, simple and clear-cut, complete with the perspective shift needed to get over yourself and make it happen... but only if you're willing and ready for the change. The chapters are broken down by room, so you can reference it quickly as each need arises. I haven't yet put this into practice, but after one read-through, I'm ready to tackle some of the small scale work and try it on for size. If that works, I'll likely go through this again and hit the bigger problem.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend because it was actually helpful and realistic in getting a grip on organizing ones life.
I loved that the author narrated, he has such a humorous way of expressing things. His examples and commentary definitely take the edge off of a touchy subject for most people.
This was the first self help book on organization that actually helped me get a handle on some of the areas of my life that were a bit out of control. He's so realistic in how he presents his methods yet is very sympathetic and non-judgmental. This book will remain in my library as a refresher if I feel myself slipping into old habits. Thanks for such a great tool!
Addressed all sections of life/ space in sufficient detail and urgency/immediacy. What did I like best? The results.
Quality of voice, pace, modulation - delivery matched the message.
Being reminded that the things are not the people.
I listen to an audio book in the car and when walking. No, I can't stop the recording and fill out a form or write down my thoughts. No I'm not going to stop right now and put my keys away, they happen to be in use int he car's ignition. Maybe the pbook or ebook is worth the effort, but not the audio book.
perhaps i am not the target audience as i can already find my keys in the morning. i was hoping for some creative ideas on dealing with storage challenges in the house but this is very basic.. put things in their place and file your paperwork. that is good advice but i found his delivery condescending.
I would recommend this book to a friend, because it is clear and direct, the author/narrator is totally aware of the feelings that involve to throw away things we don't really need in life and it begins with the basics of " do you own things or do things own you?"
His voice is loud and clear, I think this book is best narrated by his own writer!
I laughed when I identify myself in some cases
Sometimes we are not able to un stuff our emotional life because we can not un stuff even our physical life