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
I've only listened to one other Audible book, but this was just as well done as the other one (The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown). This is a very well written book with excellent advice on organizing your home, car, digital information, etc. I enjoyed the narrator as well, which is a dealbreaker for me in audiobooks.The only downside to LISTENING to this book instead of reading it is all of the lists he goes through. They are still helpful, but I found myself spacing out sometimes while he was reading through a list. It would also be nice to reference a specific section while organizing that area. Still, I found this book extremely helpful and I plan to listen to it multiple times as I continue working on organizing my life. Wish Audible/Amazon offered Whispersync on this book, because that would definitely improve the customer experience.
Listening to the book was nice because I could actually listen to the book while I was organizing. Wish this book had Whispersync with a Kindle book; I would highly recommend it.
I would certainly recommend this book. Sometimes it becomes a bit repetitive, but the insistence in drilling the rules is wise.
The chapter about filing documents, that is my everlasting nightmare.
From chaos to peace.
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!
This book is incredibly slow paced and boring. I only made it through Chapter 2, then gave up.
No, not at all.
The performance was fine. I thought the author did a good job of reading his work. It was what he was reading that was the problem.
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!