Yes, but only the first half because it become repetitive (mundane? detailed?) towards the end.
Yes, because the 2 simple basic principles just works: like with like and one home for everything!
"Like with like" and "one home for everything".
Mom, birdwatcher, and online teacher
Motivating, Practical, Energizing
Each of the times when Andrew says something like "Go do this. Now. I'll wait."
He has a way of making it seems like he is really talking to you through the book, so it is inspiring to try to complete the tasks laid out.
I've already revamped several systems in my house. My pantry is organized with labels, and my mail is all in one place. This book is a good jump start to getting organized.
It's a little difficult to apply his time frame of thirty days, when you have young children like I do. I just had to adapt the time frame to my situation. He occasionally makes concessions for the concept of other people living in the house, but it is mostly geared toward single people. It is still possible to make this book apply to people with families, but if the author has children, I would be shocked! It's more of an attitude that the author gives off, but not an insurmountable barrier!
This is an amazing book that truly motivates you to WANT to clean up and organize everything in your life. I have listened to some of the chapters multiple times just to make sure I get every little bit of the great advice that the author gives. He's also very funny and easy to listen to. He allows no room for excuses, only action. A GREAT book!
Motivating, Common Sense, Results
"How to Win Friends & Influence People." Both books rely on SIMPLE COMMON SENSE approaches to ordinary problems that do (but shouldn't) baffle most people (interacting with other human beings and not becoming overwhelmed by your belongings / organizing them, respectively). There is nothing incredible or revolutionary about this book. It is just a thoughtful, concise summation of things that SHOULD be common sense.
This book is GREAT motivation to get over your attachments to "stuff" and keep what is only practical / necessary in your life. This should be required reading for any high school / college grad. I feel like it's helping me become an adult and organize my life so I can actually be productive, instead of wasting hours and hours and hours of time "cleaning." Why didn't I read this ten years ago???
I listen to this book almost daily. There is so much good information. I was able to move forward with getting rid of clutter after I read this book.
No... I needed to reflect after each chapter.
I've recommended this book to several people. Such a joy to listen to this author as he reads his own book.
Very informative, while impressing the purely simple and sensible processes.
This book is full of common sense ideas for dealing with basic to major life changing habits. I will use it all.
Well worth the time, enjoyable listen.
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.
I suppose it might be better in paper form, where you can skip around to find whatever nuggets of information are useful to you. But as an audio book it's just pointless.
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.