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.
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.
This book inspired me to let go of so much clutter that I have been carrying around with me for years. This has been the most life changing book I have listened to because I actually made changes in my life and house. As my house was fairly clean I didn't expect to pick up that many tips. The book inspired me to go from one room to the next. I just listened to Andrew tell his stories. I completely un cluttered a 3 bedroom house with a double garage in 5 days. Read this book it will change your life.
Being empowered to throw away unwanted gifts or gifts that didn't add any value in my life.
Sentimental land, the place where you put all the objects in your life that serve no value other than to jog your memories and make you smile.
Two simple concepts. Like with like and one place for everything. Once I followed these two simple rules across my whole house it was amazing the change that occurred.
Once I followed these rules I discovered 22 tins of tuna. 9 boxes of tissues and 10 tubes of toothpaste.
Buy this book. Even if you don't think you need it, still buy this book. I didn't need to make one change in the 'vital' chapter 2 because I already had a system but still I think this is the most worthwhile book I have listened to.
Lovely voice to listen to so I loved the audio edition.
I finally got it that the stuff Im keeping is NOT the person who gave it to me. It is just STUFF. A great book to help you declutter and organise.
Voice is great for audio.