I have, to my son. He learned his cluttering habits from me.
Not really a story, but I liked hearing permission to rid my home of unuseful shtuff just because it once belonged to someone I loved.
At the end of this book, I felt like I was saying good bye to one of the best therapists I've ever had. I literally was teared up from the emotion of the tremendous gift he just gave me; peace and freedom. With kind but firm guidance, and delightful humor, Andrew gives you both the tools and the permission to get rid of everything in your life that is bogging you down. I've read many "get organized and stay that way forever" self help books but I assure you this one is different. And the difference is Andrew's spirit.
This is one of my favorite purchases to date. Andrew's direct and sometimes snarky (which I like) delivery of this step-by-step guide to getting it together is just the how-to organization bible I have been looking for to provide me with a practical, methodical way to get organized for good!
I read Your Spacious Self by Stephanie Bennett Vogt right before reading this book. I would recommend reading Stephanie's book first if you are looking to get yourself into the right frame of mind to start doing the work you need to do in order to finally get organized. Andrew's book is a real pratical tool in getting organized - one you will refer to often. His approach is a step-by-step, no excuses plan to really doing the work - all of the work - necessary to organize everything from your purse to your computer. Yes, you even receive a step-by-step plan to organize your e-life.
While I do not believe there is another book narrated by Mr. Mellen, I can say that his narration of this book is one of the best I have ever listened to in that his timing and inflections are right on the money. It is not so much a reading of the book as much as it is an energized lecture of sorts. It is like having him as your personal organizer - for a bargain price! He is snarky without being hurtful and direct without being bossy and he provides a practical means of finally getting it all together.
I loved that point he made about an item not being your loved one. If you have ever held on to a material item because you thought you should out of respect for a loved one who has passed, Andrew helps you to see that the broken clock, chair, disintegrating hat, etc. is not your loved one and it is ok to let an item go that does not serve you any longer, no matter what sentimental attachment you may have once attached to the item. He helps you see that you are the keeper of the memories of your loved one's life, the object is not the keeper and it shouldn't be assigned that responsibility.
This is a wonderful book that you will read more than once. Also, if you go to his website, there are free printable resources for audible users to help you work through the task of getting organized - for good!
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.