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.
Can't say, would have been good to have the written version, but no time to read it.
Not at all.
No, I haven't
It made me change my habits.
Wish I had read this more than 20 years ago.
Very clear cut. If you need someone to simply tell you what to do and why in a no nonsense manner, Mellen is great.
Please know this book is almost useless unless you WORK through it and do most everything he says. It's not advice, it is step by step procedures. In a weird way it is like listening to a cook book. I have not finished the book as I intend to go back to certain chapters like The Kitchen and follow as I work.
It's a work book, similar to a cook book for organizing.
I was completely surprised by how just listening to this book changed my bad habits into healthy productive ones. I am 55 years old and never thought I'd get organized, but it's so easy with this book. I can hear Andrew Mellon tell me to put like with like every time I set something down. I like how he tells you the WHY of his methods. I am going to try to get my husband to listen to it!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is challenged with too much stuff and organization.
To Andrew Mellon I would say Thank You So Much!!!
I've listened through this multiple times now and I recommend it highly for anyone interested in organizing his/her home, office, closet, pantries, etc. It's step by step so there's no guessing about how he actually organizes his own spaces, like in his dresser the bottoms are in the bottom drawers and shirts are in the top drawers. Adopting his tools and tricks has been really intuitive for me and now my belongings keep returning to their homes, a concept I didn't know about before this. It's helped me avoid buying things I already have but previously couldn't find. DVDs have a home. Makeup has a home. Everything is where it should be.
I turn this book on to get myself in a cleaning mindset. It just inspires me to keep going.
I love Andrew Mellen's voice and his practical tips.
"Like with Like" and "Everything has a home" (including the trashcan for old magazines!)
I was hoping to glean some ideas for organizing and uncluttering and this book delivered in a big way. Have already started applying some of the principles from the book and can see real value in so many of the ideas that he presents in the book. The length of the book was about right, it moved at a fairly fast pace and the narration was very enthusiastic. The book is very comprehensive – goes over everything from photos, cars, keys, gifts and a great deal more than just clutter.
Lots of detail but upfront he tells you the key to organising everything. You can stop there or go on to pick up tips on the items; your garage, car, attic, kitchen. bedroom, office et al.
I agree with the negative reviews concerning the extremely condescending tone, but even getting beyond that I found many of the practices ridiculously complex - (filing system of strapping in every document in a folder – thereby having to unstrap to purge) and the tactics way over the top - (setting aside 2 days to remove everything from a closet and having a friend judge every item of clothing retained).
The information appears to be targeted at a very severe type of clutter – more like hoarding – of which I doubt anyone with this type of psychopathy would be likely to address it through an audible book. I found advice like “you do not have to keep a gift photo of throat cancer from a relative” just plain disturbing!
I bought this on sale, so I will admit that listening did get my spring cleaning juices going, but I did not benefit from the details. For the moderately cluttered life, I recommend “It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff” by Peter Walsh. I actually gained some creative ways to reduce what I had in a gradual, manageable, sustainable method and received the same insight in to thinking differently about your possessions WITHOUT the creepy anecdotes, repetition and lecture.
I like the book, but I cannot really complete it, since it requires me to read long lists. Not having the book in front me is rather frustrating, since I would like to finish it.
I'm a reasonably organized person but this book helped me tremendously. I appreciated that the author gave me permission to get of told bridesmaids dresses, my Grandfather's hat, and other sentimental things that I was just hanging onto.