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)
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.
No I will simply find an author who can leave religion out of it or be respectful to all peoples.
I certainly hope not.
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.
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
Yes - lots of my friends gave clutter
This method works - finally I was able to part with things that I have been dragging with me for years.
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.
I love Andrew Mellen's voice and his practical tips.
"Like with Like" and "Everything has a home" (including the trashcan for old magazines!)
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.
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.
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.
Not at all. I will make sure to listen to an example to make sure I like the narrator before I purchase another.
He has a monotone delivery. His narration made me stop listening to the book.
Maybe a reality show on how to organize.
I really wish authors would learn their limitations when it comes to narration. An awesome audio book is often ruined by the narration.
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.
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.
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...
"Great if you need to de clutter your home."
I would feel happy to recommend this to someone who was struggling to tidy and organise their living space.
Possibly, because I enjoyed the way he presented what could have been a dreary topic, but he inspired and entertained me.
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.
Some parts made me smile. "Your grandfather's hat is not your grandfather."
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.
Well read at an easy pace. A good book quite unlike others I've read. A good break up and easy to follow guide.
I'm sure the author has a lot of good things to say, but he speaks so quickly that listening was exhausting.
"Inspirational and comprehensive"
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.
He is American and some suggestions do not travel
No needed to replay some parts and it was not encouraged!
"Not what I was expecting"
If you like to have endless lists read out to you then buy, else I don’t recommend
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