Im getting organized
Andrew Mellen.. He can get me motivated
Very good reader
So much from the book
I'm putting most of it to goog use
I can highly recommend the book
This book is absolutely useful and out of the ordinary, one thing you should know is not to expect it to be a entertaining one as it objectivity is focus on a more mundane world (that's why no body writes about it). I will consider a book that young people should read.
If Everything is Precious; Nothing is Precious. Best piece of advice for letting go.
Hearing him tell you the mantra's really help - as if he is there coaching you through the process.
No extremem reactions...only Ah Ha! moments. It made me chuckle somtimes.
This is a great book for anyone always saying to themselves that they "really need to clean (insert room or space) today" but never doing it. His principles have transfered into other areas of my life as well.
In South Lake Tahoe now; moved here to volunteer in wildlife rehab. Bears, raccoons, squirrels, birds -- lovely! Also knitting, embroidery, spinning and audio books.
Lots of energy and very fast talk in this book which seems to be for yuppies with more money than sense. If you have a home office, you need this. If your photos and computer stuff are taking over, you need this. If you have a garage and stuff in it that you dread confronting, you need this. If the inside of your car is a run-down neighborhood, read the car chapter. If you get lost in your kitchen and haven't a clue how to set it up, get this book. Indeed, there is virtue and clarity in simply cleaning out. There are many helpful check lists and guidelines on the author's website. He begins with a list of words that represent what we believe in most. I did not find "beauty" there. And if he had continued from that beginning, the book would be much longer. Instead, it falls off to several hard-hitting chapters which did not entirely address my concerns and one of which felt like gratuitous abuse!.
That said, I do think any two or three of the chapters, especially the one on filing systems, is worth the credit or price of the book. This listener lives in HUD housing where the kitchen question is "What can I reach?" Better said, What can I bring down from on high on a step-stool without great tragedy? Answer: salad spinner, plastic boxes, mugs on a turntable. I have china, glass, sterling, valuable travel souvenirs, two doll collections, dozens of boxes of my parents' bleeping slide carousels showing various watery horizons taken on cruises, etc. etc. Slide carousels are ON eBay, but not a one has sold for any amount of money! As I drove mine to the dump, I thought some artist somewhere should gather a whole bunch of them and assemble an impressive tower and paint it turquoise! Not me, tho! Not everything I would like to sell is easy to sell in the current climate. I have important hobbies -- sewing, knitting, embroidery -- which are only lightly addressed. I sew my clothes and knit gifts and items I sell. I have to store my "stash" efficiently. And yes, I do have a storage locker, if only to store the snow tires.
Mr. Mellen spends a whole chapter advising against compulsively shopping for fun and not even trying on or putting away all the excess! Well, that chapter might be for someone who can afford Mr. Mellen. I have exactly $8.42 until next Wednesday when my Social Security comes in. I do wish I could splurge at K-Mart or the thrift shops or get myself some blueberries or cherries! I know which of my figurines are Hummel or Lalique and which are just sentimental. It isn't hard to offload something someone gave me when I was a kid and I didn't like even then! Very little was said about changing decor from season to season and how to store the extra pillows, slip-covers, vases, bedspreads, etc. Much is said about putting away the Christmas lawn figures! And I have to say that any number of other books about clearing clutter are more helpful in deciding just to let it go -- for whatever reason! Making the decisions is extremely tiring. This expert will gain knowledge and some mileage and maybe add another chapter about directing possessions toward people after you die. What if your relatives don't care or don't even send cards? What if you have a little nice stuff and would like these meagre assets to go to some good cause? Is there anyone in this country as in England who can look around and tell you what might sell at auction? Those are my thoughts lately. Pretty good book!
This book might be great for anyone suffering from clinical OCD.
The author should have taken out the trash. Instead of making a point in a single sentence the author beats his topics to death over long stretches of time.
He took the time to write it.
If you think this book might have value to you, check it out from the library before you decide to buy. The audible sample snippet is the only interesting moment in the first 32 minutes of this title. In the first 45 minutes the reader learns that they're not their stuff and that it's okay to get rid of an extra copy of a book.
Doubtful. I felt his tone was degrading (reading to me like I was a child and not an adult).
Tone and text. Being treated like an idiot / child, who wouldn't do what he suggests without being scolded.
Not sure. I didn't make it far due to the tone.
Don't care if you post this or not, but I'm serious about wanting my money back.
The author encourages re-read of the first two chapters, as they focus on the stuff behind the stuff. But he missed the mark. He takes you through value-identifying exercises that supposedly explore who you are and why you feel the things you do, but sorely misses the mark in tying it all back to why you clutter. Then, the rest of the book is divided into categories of overly complicated principles around organizing certain parts of your home or office. BORING!
His humor is too dry and his voice monotone. None of the attempt at breaking up the subject matter with humor worked. I skipped through most of it. Don't buy.
How do I get a refund?
This book should be listed for children if anyone. Waste of time. Waste of a credit
The message is good, but there are way too many repetitive, drawn-out examples, quotes, etc. Too much superfluous content. Too much time is wasted on extraneous drivel.
He just wanted to give eveything away. What about many things of value?
Maybe, but I think they may not get much out of it.
Not really pertaining to this type of book. There are not a lot of characters.
I would completely take a different approach. Just getting rid of everything all at once would not be my approach.