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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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    Homeschool_Momma 12-31-14
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    "Didn't appreciate the anti-christian expressions"
    Would you try another book from Andrew J. Mellen and/or Andrew J. Mellen?

    No, I found the author is clearly respectful of all world religions with only the exception of Christianity. The numerous insulting and degrading comments mocking Christianity were not what I expected to find in a book about organization. While he was able to show deference to other world faiths his ridiculing comments and innuendos mocking the Christianity made this book a horrible read. His information is excellent and very helpful, but it comes at a price I could in my conscience pass along to another person. As the book went on it became clear this author obviously has a bone to pick with Christianity. He states he has worked with all peoples from various backgrounds yet his jokes and comments are almost always aimed at Christianity. Hate of any kind even if it is in the form of passive-aggressive mockery simply isn't something I wish to contribute to.


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

    No I will simply find an author who can leave religion out of it or be respectful to all peoples.


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

    I certainly hope not.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 11-27-14
    Bonnie 11-27-14
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    "Too folksy and trying too hard"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew J. Mellen again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He was trying too hard. I like books like this for information - he made it into a silly one sided cutesy conversation that destroyed my ability to listen for anything of substance. I tried twice, listened for an hour each time, and stopped in agony. Don't be cutesy, present the information in a clear and non-cutesy way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie 09-19-14
    Carrie 09-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great motivation"
    What did you love best about Unstuff Your Life?

    This book gave me motivation to do a major organization of my house. When I first listened to the book, I thought I already used most of the principle in it. But once I started actually looking around my house, I realized that I have a long way to go. I set a personal goal to "Unstuff my Life" by the end of this year (3 months away) and so far it has been going well. Bedroom, desk, garage, kitchen are "pretty much" done. I plan to listen to about half of the chapters a second or even third time to keep the motivation up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Kay
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    7/9/12
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    "Very helpful"

    This has not changed my life-I am yet to practice what Andrew has preached, what it has done is given me a starting point and whilst progress is slow to date I can honestly say it is making a difference. If only I was able to commit fully that difference would be huge-Andrew is both practical and informative. You have nothing to lose but your stuff...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn
    Durham, United Kingdom
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    "Great if you need to de clutter your home."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would feel happy to recommend this to someone who was struggling to tidy and organise their living space.


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

    Possibly, because I enjoyed the way he presented what could have been a dreary topic, but he inspired and entertained me.


    What does Andrew J. Mellen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    This is not a story, but he has a jaunty delivery of his own material which is somehow soothing and reassuring. He makes the listener feel that what he is suggesting might actually be possible, and if you listen to sections a few times over, as I did, you begin to internalise some of his phrases so that you can apply them to your lifestyle.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some parts made me smile. "Your grandfather's hat is not your grandfather."


    Any additional comments?

    Once you get the general drift you may not need to listen to the whole book. However, Mellen takes you methodically through the whole house so by the end you should have everything neat and tidy! If you have a partner I suggest you get them to listen to it too, otherwise you will be fighting a losing battle against their untidy habits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tasneem
    HARROW, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Loved listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Unstuff Your Life the most enjoyable?

    Well read at an easy pace. A good book quite unlike others I've read. A good break up and easy to follow guide.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PPod
    PENRYN, United Kingdom
    4/16/14
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    "Unlistenable"

    I'm sure the author has a lot of good things to say, but he speaks so quickly that listening was exhausting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rita
    HORSHAM, United Kingdom
    3/9/14
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    "Inspirational and comprehensive"
    What did you like most about Unstuff Your Life?

    Well read by the author, his enthusiasm for the cause of de cluttering is infectious. He systematically goes through the whole house/office with instructions. Surprisingly does not feel too holier than thou or preachy, and I have certainly implemented the mail suggestions. The rest will have to wait but unstuffing my life does seem possible even if the task is still daunting.


    What was most disappointing about Andrew J. Mellen’s story?

    He is American and some suggestions do not travel


    What about Andrew J. Mellen’s performance did you like?

    His enthusiasm.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No needed to replay some parts and it was not encouraged!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ken
    Leraatsfontein, South Africa
    7/17/12
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    "Not what I was expecting"

    If you like to have endless lists read out to you then buy, else I don’t recommend

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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