I live in Central Florida. I work part time in Orlando doing landscape. I am married and have two grown sons.
Easy formula to follow.
It motivated me.
I have tried a lot of self help books to get organized. This one is easy to follow and very helpful. My husband loves that I am getting my house so organized!!
I am a plastic surgeon by profession A father by heart A trader by choice A teacher by passion A child by curiosity
Very basic stuff good for a teenager not realy mature advice i was disappointed
Thought it would be deeper
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 was really looking forward to someone helping me organize my stuff. What I didn't expect is that this was more about getting rid of your hoarder status and all the "trash" that comes with it. I couldn't get through more than the first few chapters. I felt like he was screaming at me, belittling me and chiding me like a child. He was not talking to someone who just wanted to organize her house, his audience is something beyond simple organization of things.Maybe if I read the book, I'd appreciate it more and actually get to Chapter 4. Just couldn't do it with him in my ear.
Change the tone of his narration.
Too in my face.
changed my life
to realize how "stuff" was running me and not the other way around
The chapters on office filing and digital file management, but the "closet scene" was an eye opener too, Just kidding! There are no "scenes" in the book- more like "zones" to tackle
Well, yes... I did both. I am trying to handle an insanely busy schedule that includes home management, livestock management and a full time office. I was feeling overwhelmed, which is why this title appealed to me.
Andrew Mellen is not only "giving" good advice, he delivers on peace of mind as well. He is hands down one of the best narrators I have enjoyed.
Even for someone who is rather organized, this book provides several super helpful suggestions. Get it and read it!
I really think the author was talking to me. This book was useful and helpful in how to tackle the clutter. What hit home was his explanations about how one's car is kept untidy and excuses given. Yes, it is embarrassing. Great advice and good suggestions!
I'm keeping this audible book for life😊
Not sure how long he spoke about how to sort through mail or find a spot to keep your keys/handbag but it felt like hours. I'm sure some people do misplace these things, but the topic could have been sorted out in 2 minutes. This book was just so boring and tedious and not helpful at all.
Maybe it gets better after chapter 5 but I couldn't listen to anymore. Once he started talking about every single filing category he had, I was done. He has a file for client research, for personal research, for this, for that, from A-M, and from M-Z and so on. Don't even buy it on special. If you really want to declutter, try "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up". While it's a little kooky in places, at least it's entertaining and has helpful tips.
The information in this book is definitely useful, and I do feel a small shift in my attitude toward my "stuff" after reading it, in addition to having clear questions to ask myself when sorting through, re-arranging, or discarding "stuff."
However, the book has several points at which you are instructed to pause and write down the answers to a long list of questions, or to make a list of items, feelings, or goals. This is not how I use audiobooks; I'm usually listening to them while *doing* another task, so the pausing and writing, for me, did not happen.
I'm always a little cautious when I hear that an author is narrating his or her own book, but Mellen's theater and public speaking background serves him well here.