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Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good | [Andrew J. Mellen]

Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Where to find a permanent home for your keys and wallet
  • How to sort the mail in a manageable and time-effective way
  • What it means to group "like with like"
  • How to tackle bills and budget
  • How to problem-solve with your new skills, and more

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    colette PASADENA, CA, United States 09-06-14
    colette PASADENA, CA, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "This one works!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - lots of my friends gave clutter


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The kitchen


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    This method works - finally I was able to part with things that I have been dragging with me for years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie V Great Falls, Virginia United States 04-16-14
    Natalie V Great Falls, Virginia United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Neater home every day! Great Organization book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Unstuff Your Life the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Andrew Mellen's voice and his practical tips.


    What did you learn from Unstuff Your Life that you would use in your daily life?

    "Like with Like" and "Everything has a home" (including the trashcan for old magazines!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Toney, AL United States 04-04-14
    Mark Toney, AL United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Thorough, informative and practical"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael 02-03-14
    michael 02-03-14
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    "This is better with the book in front of you"
    What made the experience of listening to Unstuff Your Life the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Charlotte, NC, United States 01-25-14
    Jennifer Charlotte, NC, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Can't get past the narration!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have tried to listen to this audio book, I really think it will help me organize my house and my life. I cannot, however, get past the narration. With few exceptions, most authors should not narrate their own books. I may purchase the written book and try to get the information that way.


    Has Unstuff Your Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I will make sure to listen to an example to make sure I like the narrator before I purchase another.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He has a monotone delivery. His narration made me stop listening to the book.


    Could you see Unstuff Your Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a reality show on how to organize.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish authors would learn their limitations when it comes to narration. An awesome audio book is often ruined by the narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Smith 12-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Extremely Useful Info!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Morgantown, WV, United States 11-19-13
    Robin Morgantown, WV, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "God is a female, as the author says several tiimes"
    What would have made Unstuff Your Life better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew J. Mellen again?

    No thanks.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Octavius 11-16-13
    Octavius 11-16-13

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    "Smug OCD new age 12-step fluff; no substance"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. G. Reichert Pipe Creek, Texas USA 10-31-13
    M. G. Reichert Pipe Creek, Texas USA 10-31-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Gives you REAL plan - Step by Step!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who needs to get their lives to a stress free level because Andrew Mellen truly instructs you how to accomplish the tasks you for which you need assistance! He does not just say to clean up your kitchen...He gives you the support you need to really get in there and do it!!! Bravo!


    Have you listened to any of Andrew J. Mellen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book I have listened to by Andrew and he was delightful to listen to as he gave you support, instructions, examples, and a touch of tough love! We all need those things in our lives!


    What did you learn from Unstuff Your Life that you would use in your daily life?

    "Like with like" and "Everything in its place". Brilliant!


    Any additional comments?

    Please read/listen to this book if you are ready to get it together by taking your mess apart!
    It truly helped me for he tells you HOW to accomplish the tasks that seem so overwhelming!
    Thank you, Andrew!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick United States 10-18-13
    Patrick United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Greetings. My brother introduced me to Audible in 2011. Since, nothing but enjoyment. Hopefully my reviews are very useful to you. Enjoy!

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    "Awesome book"
    What made the experience of listening to Unstuff Your Life the most enjoyable?

    This book is fundamentally sound. No matter how organized you are it will provide something extremely valuable for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything---there was nothing I didn't enjoy


    Which character – as performed by Andrew J. Mellen – was your favorite?

    Author/Narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The structure it will provide for you life


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must. The man is very knowledgeable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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