One of the country's most sought-after professional organizers here makes his foolproof rescue plan available for everyone.
Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet. Acknowledging that it's often the "stuff behind the stuff" that holds people back, Mellen offers an action-based plan to redirect clutterers from dwelling on their feelings. This simple shift yields immediate results that will help everyone achieve organizational bliss. Mellen's mix of humor, honesty, tough love, and foolproof strategies will motivates listeners to work through their feelings and make real behavior changes that will have long-lasting effects.
Written in Mellen's signature no-nonsense yet hilarious tone, Unstuff Your Life! brims with personality, along with approaches not found in other organizing books. Built on the principle that we must distinguish ourselves from our possessions, Unstuff Your Life! starts with truly achievable goals and works toward the nightmare projects everyone tries hard to avoid. From the basement to the bedroom, the kitchen to the car, and more, listeners will learn:
The result is absolute freedom from the burden of clutter - and more free time than you ever imagined possible.
Please note: Lists and worksheets mentioned in the audio can be downloaded from http://andrewmellen.com/uyl-downloads/.
©2012 Andrew J. Mellen (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Living in chaos? Professional Organizer Mellen has written the book to help.... [T]hose willing to take even a small sip of Mellon's Kool-Aid may enjoy a more organized, efficient, and well-managed life." (Publishers Weekly)
Pardon the pun, but why the "hell" would the author refer to God as a female two times in the first chapter?
I have no idea what that has to do with organization. Geez.
Narrator/author is smug, condescending, judgmental, conceited and talks down to reader. Entire book literally boils down to "store like with like" and "have one place for everything". It is a barely bearable listen at 2x speed; if you miss it the first time, don't rewind, he will repeat the same information at least five more times. He insists that the first chapter is essential; it is a hodgepodge of new age psycho-babble (he makes sure to let you know that he's into recycling, meditation, yoga, fresh produce, health, exercise, composting, and flowers, and that you should definitely be into those things too, but if you aren't it doesn't make you a completely horrible person) which sounds like it was cribbed from a rehab session. Really started to lose interest when he states that he keeps his flowers in the refrigerator so they last longer and that he keeps a file folder of maps and activities for his guests. I can't relate since I keep milk in my refrigerator, leave the flowers out where people can enjoy them, and spend time with my guests rather than showing them how little I value them by giving them a generic folder of tourist brochures. Mellen's primary qualification is apparently his degree in theater and a endorsements from Oprah and Martha Stewart; I suspect a CPA/MBA would have penned a somewhat different and more effective tome.
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.
This book could have been 2/3 shorter. He really needs to get to the point.
No, sadly while the two key tips are worthwhile the rest of this book comes across as patronizing and the tone of a lecture to a naughty four year old. The author may have benefitted from paying a professional narrator which may have helped bring humour into the dialogue.
Tone and delivery was off.
didn't listen to it completely, didn't find it applicable
good ideas for those who need to organize
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