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)
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.
I have already listened to it 3 times since purchasing a week ago.
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.
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.
A feature that sets this book apart is that it addresses electronic clutter -- e-mail, phone messages, computer files, etc..
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.
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.
If you're serious about getting control of your clutter and simplifying your life, this book can really help.
This was one of the best audio books I've listened to.
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.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
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.
Everything has a home, one home and following this principal means you never spend time looking for anything.
This is not your typical organization book. And believe me, I've read them all.
Even paid an 'organizer' to help me figure out a system for paperwork.
I listened through this book to the end, then again as I followed instructions.
This in and of itself speaks to the success and uniqueness of the author's approach, cause I can snub my nose at the best instructions out there. (oh there's a "to spite my face" in this sentiment, believe me)
This author is firm in his convictions that everyone can unstuff: anywhere, without too much pain, and in realistic spaces of time. His methods make sense, in that obvious way that relatively intelligent people like me respond to with, "I KNOOOW!!!".
(um, so why am I still reading books like this, right?)
Wish I could accurately share why this book worked for me. I'll try...
-His explanations about WHY I hold on to things are brief, gentle yet busted through my typical resistance.
-He says anyone can learn a new behavior if practiced consistently for 30 days. ("I KNOOOW!!!") But somehow this author makes me believe I can do it. Without a litany of pep talks and flowery sentiment.
-"Like w/ Like" and "Everything has a home" is the mantra. That's DO-able and downright sensible!
-He 'walks you through' assignments (eg, unstuffing and organizing your kitchen) on the audio.
-His filing system alone is worth the price of the book. Soooo much more practical and easier than the system I paid for (and stopped using after a week)
Already recommended to friends and fam
Simplify, expel,move on
Don't berate yourself
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.
duty sergeant meets paper clip and the paper clip wins!
I would, and I have. I quote it alot (Like with Like and Everything in it's Place). Even if it is only in my head. I have cut the size of my email inbox by 2/3 already and am still on a roll. After a wildfire destroyed most of my neighborhood this summer, I became aware (almost to the point of obsession) that I need to be more organized, especially in my office, and have a "to go" box of papers ready for whatever is next. When you have 30 minutes or less to figure out what to take, having the box packed already would be a small comfort.
It seems do-able for the average messy, unorganized person. It made my think about my kitchen storage spaces in a different light, too.
Defnitely not. One chapter a day (there was homework) was about all I could handle. Sometimes I listened to one chapter several times, as a refresher/reminder to keep me on track. I did go to the website and download all the lists at once, however.
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!!
"Everything has a home and Like goes with Like."
his humor and passion can be heard.
"10 minutes crammed into 9 hours"
slow, dull and patronising. Could have been done in ten minutes. don't waste your time...
"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!
"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.
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...
"Not what I was expecting"
If you like to have endless lists read out to you then buy, else I don’t recommend
"Life style changing"
Almost cover all sort of stuff you want to organise,however, if could have a revised version for children toys, gadgets, apps, DVD, CD,music etc will be even more useful.
I'm sure the author has a lot of good things to say, but he speaks so quickly that listening was exhausting.
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