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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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    Angela MUKWONAGO, WI, United States 05-07-12
    Angela MUKWONAGO, WI, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

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

    Your purse needs a home. Don't let it follow you around the house from room to room like a lost puppy! - this line made me laugh so hard it was like flipping a switch in my brain. I was always looking for important stuff like keys and wallet and late for work because of it. The humorous imagery Mellen uses to point out the absurdism of living in chaos has helped me understand how my beliefs about stuff were keeping me drowning in it, and then he told me exactly how to deal with all my stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    I have already listened to it 3 times since purchasing a week ago.

    95 of 95 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Kitchener, ON, Canada 12-07-12
    Paul Kitchener, ON, Canada 12-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    Really enjoyed this book. As I go about simplifying my life, I find myself repeating key phrases such as "like with like" and "the thing is not the person". I even lecture myself on returning things to their designated homes when I get careless.

    In a fulsome act of disorganization, I soon discovered that I had already read this book about a year ago, but continued with the audible version anyway, and quickly found that I had overlooked much valuable material during my first go-round. As I am already a fairly well-organized person, I had scanned or skipped whole pages during my first reading, figuring that certain sections did not apply to me. Arrogant fool. During the audible version, I discovered that every chapter contains valuable information.

    I lost my husband to cancer 3 years ago and letting go of his belongings has been a difficult process. When I was ready, I donated most of his clothing; then I threw out university papers and essays, etc., the accoutrements of a life that were once significant but not particularly personally valuable. For the smaller yet somehow bigger things, author Mellen's advice helps me as I continue to struggle with memories such as theatre ticket stubs, stacks of photographs, his bedroom slippers, his e-mail address. I'm filing and organizing the treasures, discarding the duplicates or the unlovely photos in which my butt does indeed look big, and handing off special items to his family, who I know will value them. In a truly heartbreaking moment, I was forced to throw out the cards, love notes, and other special paper mementoes that I had temporarily stored in a plastic box. In the basement. Too late came Mellen's warning never to store paper-based valuables in the basement. These precious treasures were coated in black mould when I opened the box, and they could not be salvaged. I can only console myself with Mellen's observation that the thing is not the person.

    Mellen's delivery is perfectly suited to the material, and he manages to inject humour into the narrative with a pause here and a little emphasis there. Well done.

    I will keep the slippers.

    236 of 239 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Healdsburg, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Elizabeth Healdsburg, CA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Stands Out From Other Organizing Books"
    What did you love best about Unstuff Your Life?

    Ready to get organized in the shortest possible time with a minimum of fuss? This is the book for you. This is no-nonsense advice from an expert who has worked out practical systems that really work. Andrew J. Mellen's two battle-cries, "A home for everything" and "Like with like," echo throughout the book and every organizing challenge. Anecdotes and stories about real people solving clutter problems help round out the more technical details.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A feature that sets this book apart is that it addresses electronic clutter -- e-mail, phone messages, computer files, etc..


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

    Mellen's theater background comes through in his narration, and sets it apart from other author-narrated How-Tos. He brings genuine enthusiasm and an expert tone to his subject.


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

    Mellen encourages his listeners to pace themselves through the many stages of organizing their lives. And, he gives helpful support and advice for parting with sentimental items -- a process that often takes time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're serious about getting control of your clutter and simplifying your life, this book can really help.

    81 of 82 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas J. Olofsson Chicago, IL, US 08-27-12
    Thomas J. Olofsson Chicago, IL, US 08-27-12 Member Since 2010

    estate planning attorney and marketing junkie

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    "The Right to un-Stuff"

    This is easily the most likely to be put into practice. I have already pitched 4 huge garbage cans full of stuff. Terrific progress particularly since the stuff has been sitting on shelves in my office for over 10 years.

    Gradually, I came to the realization that I was being controlled by a bunch of old books and magazines. I have not used it in years and in many cases have never opened them. I hung onto them even when I had to rent an extra office to store it all.

    I now save $200 per month all from listening to this simple book.

    Andrew Mellen gave me permission to unload my stuff, to be free from caring for it and from paying for it over and over through excess "carrying costs".

    Remember, Don't Fear Sentimental Land.

    60 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Salt Lake City, utah, United States 07-23-12
    Kim Salt Lake City, utah, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I started unstuffing after chapter 2!"
    Where does Unstuff Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the best audio books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Andrew J Mellen causes you to analyze what your problem organizational areas are and gives strategies to prevent you from falling back into old habits. Each chapter takes you into a living space in your home and helps you organize (after getting rid of the stuff) in a way that makes it easy to keep it that way.


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

    Mellen's advice is to read a chapter, and tackle that space before going on to the next chapter. It's exactly what I did and it works.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read a lot of books on organization, I think you'll find this one to be one of the most valuable in your library.

    40 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Wolfinger 08-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great organizing and an entertaining listen"
    Would you listen to Unstuff Your Life again? Why?

    Yes, because Andrew describes new ways to make the things you own useful and available. Following his advice makes your home and office more enjoyable, functional places to be without having to spend any money.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author is the only character and he is quite good. A surprising aspect of the book is the impact it has had on my thoughts about acquiring new things.


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

    Everything has a home, one home and following this principal means you never spend time looking for anything.


    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Katy, TX, United States 08-03-12
    Karen Katy, TX, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I am Decluttering!"
    If you could sum up Unstuff Your Life in three words, what would they be?

    I learned so much from this audible book. Now I'm going to go back and re-listen to see what I missed - and apply the lessons even more.

    I will keep this book in my active library for a long time!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unstuff Your Life?

    "Everything has a home and Like goes with Like."


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

    his humor and passion can be heard.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    na


    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Heard Houston, TX United States 07-30-12
    Eddie Heard Houston, TX United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good advice for simplifying/organizing"
    Would you listen to Unstuff Your Life again? Why?

    Sure. It serves more as a reference guide than a "read through once". The advice on organizing your file system was very good. I feel like I've finally got a handle on my personal files.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good, simple, sound, logical advice.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Clearly the author has had some emotional and panicky clients, because he spent a large portion of the book telling the reader to take a deep breath, don't panic, etc. Just a little too much cheerleading for my tastes, but if you ignore that, the information contained within is good.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Trina Norman, OK, United States 10-08-12
    Trina Norman, OK, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great ideas to get your life in order!"
    Where does Unstuff Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This great book is in a category all it's own. It's a "How to" book to get your life in order (in terms of efficiency) so you have more time to read more books, work, or get to all those other projects/priorities you have been waiting to accomplish your whole life. I now feel organized and at peace with my time management - thank you!


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

    Great voice.


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

    I was able to listen to this book over a couple of weeks while doing housework. Following the ideas in this book has cut my housework down to consuming only a fraction of my time - from 20 disorganized hours cleaning house per week down to 6-7 productive hours each week buying me more time to do the things I want to do. I'm already an organized person in some areas of my life, but the book reminded me to become organized in what I thought were unimportant areas and it feels great!


    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Angela T. Szpojda USA 02-26-12
    Angela T. Szpojda USA 02-26-12 Member Since 2008

    angieszz

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    "For some a tough task master, for others a genius"
    If you could sum up Unstuff Your Life in three words, what would they be?

    Simplify, expel,move on


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unstuff Your Life?

    Don't berate yourself


    What does Andrew J. Mellen bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    This guy is tough, in a nice kind of way. If you have a friend who is OCD they really need to listen to this as they may hate him and then learn to love him. He has a tough narration style, point blank, do it and move on - kind of like a nice army sergeant - yeah right! Anyway, if you really need to get your stuff sorted you will appreciate the tough narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    duty sergeant meets paper clip and the paper clip wins!


    45 of 50 people found this review helpful
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  • Kay
    Notts, United Kingdom
    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 0 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!


    0 of 0 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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