I agree with the negative reviews concerning the extremely condescending tone, but even getting beyond that I found many of the practices ridiculously complex - (filing system of strapping in every document in a folder – thereby having to unstrap to purge) and the tactics way over the top - (setting aside 2 days to remove everything from a closet and having a friend judge every item of clothing retained).
The information appears to be targeted at a very severe type of clutter – more like hoarding – of which I doubt anyone with this type of psychopathy would be likely to address it through an audible book. I found advice like “you do not have to keep a gift photo of throat cancer from a relative” just plain disturbing!
I bought this on sale, so I will admit that listening did get my spring cleaning juices going, but I did not benefit from the details. For the moderately cluttered life, I recommend “It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff” by Peter Walsh. I actually gained some creative ways to reduce what I had in a gradual, manageable, sustainable method and received the same insight in to thinking differently about your possessions WITHOUT the creepy anecdotes, repetition and lecture.
I've often heard the phrase, "boring as watching paint dry" and never really understood the meaning until now. What a tedious, common sense, redundant list of things to do and what not to do. He often uses a phrase - like with like. That pretty much says it all. Let me sum it up for you. Don't put your sweaters in the same drawer and your swim trunks. Who would enjoy this book? Obviously, the answer is Andrew's close friends and relatives. Certainly, those must be the only ones who gave it four stars. I wish I had those eight and a half hours of listening time back.
Share some new ideas with us. This is all normal, common everyday stuff, unless you're a helpless hoarder. In that case, you probably have no spare money to buy the book and no space to sit down and read it or listen.
Not so dry and uninteresting. His stories relate to his experiences and his so-called clients. But, each piece of advise is so obvious and common place. I kept thinking that it simply had to get better, eventually. I was wrong. Same ideas, different room of the house. A perfect example of someone taking normal and trying to make something special out of it.
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for ideas and/or motivation for organizing their home/office/car/computer. The author approaches general ideas about organization and clutter control/release in the first part of the book and then moves on to approach the topic room by room and finally deals with your car and your computer files.
The narrator/author has a congenial and energetic tone and offers a lot of encouragement throughout the book. There are basic principals and specific pointers available for almost every possible space in your life. While the author does address hoarding and materialism, he doesn't get overly judgmental, but he doesn't pull any punches, either.
As a result of listening to this book, I cleaned out my closet and chest of drawers and various surfaces that were cluttered, and I'm motivated to do more. I generally consider myself an organized person, but what the author did for me was give me the necessary permission and encouragement to let go of some things I'd been keeping for reasons that weren't good enough to justify keeping them.
This is not just a book, but a full course in organization. There are even helpful lists available on the author's website to guide you through things like what to toss and what to keep, how long to keep certain records, and what you should and shouldn't find in certain spaces like your car. He refers to these lists in various areas of the book. Of course, everyone will have different opinions on some of his material, but overall, he makes sense.
I wish I'd had this book when I was two. I know...I know...I wouldn't have been ready for it...but I would have been more organized.
Great content, loved having the author read the book - he clearly is passionate about what he does!
Not applicable to this type book. That said, the author did tell stories to underscore his points - and they did just that. Stories are a powerful tool when you are trying to help people see and understand why they do things and to help them change.
Not applicable to this type book.
I have listened to the entire book twice and have listened to individual sections of the book numerous times - while I decluttered and organized that area of my life. Again - great book!
I made my husband listen to it on a long trip - he is all in and we are working on our place together. I have also recommended the book to family and friends who struggle with clutter.
I love a good book...
I have held onto too many things for too long. I have begun to let go of some of those things and I am feeling lighter...I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to get a better handle on what "stuff" you have in your home or office.
I really liked the ideas in the book. I tried the one about finding a home for your purse and keys and always putting them in that one spot. Seriously...I never search for either anymore! Sounds silly, it's an obvious/easy idea. But it worked and if I needed him to tell me that, well, it's ok, I needed the encouragement.
If all you do is listen to the book, I get the feeling that there'll be something missing. I finished it wishing I had the paper book because i think there were some written exercises/charts. Audio books are expensive...please provide these with the book so that I don't have to buy the paper too.
In truth I quite liked this book. It is obvious that the author has different political and religious beliefs, however it only comes up once at the beginning. This book is really targeted for the boarder line hoarder. Not someone that's totally lost but someone that could pull themselves back into reality if given a bit of direction. I got this book because I had just moved and was feeling overwhelmed by the shear mass of useless crap I had accumulated. There are a number of good idea's and techniques that I plan to implement even thought for the most part this book did not apply to me or my lifestyle. There are also a few idea's that are in my opinion a bit over the OCD line. All in all however I think it's a good book with useful idea's for people in all stages of random clutter.
I can't imagine any working professional or anyone born after 1980 getting any benefits from the technology oriented chapters. Skip those however and 'one home for everything' and 'like with like' are useful, if not age old, principles.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
I did have an extreme reaction to the book. It made me CHANGE. I've been looking for lost keys for most of my 45 years, and did not believe that any book could change that situation. I also did not think that I could actually listen to someone talk to me about organization for about 10 hours without my head exploding. I now admit I was wrong. I have to say I really loved the book. Mellen actually managed to explain to me the ways I would need to change to make my life less overwhelming. My stuff had become such a burden - and I am by no means a hoarder or anything - just have a small home and too much stuff. The book gave me the tools and steps to solve my own problem. And Mellen manged to do all that and be entertaining as well. Highly recommended. Keep in mind the book does have some what may seem "corny" exercises. Just go with it. No one is watching you. I found it helpful to print all the downloads in one shot so I had them when they were referred to.
In the beginning of the book, I was a little turned off by the "touchy-feely" nature of examining your core values. Once I got passed that point, I found the book not only mapped out a plan for organizing many areas of your life, it also had some eye-opening ideas about our relationship to our stuff (at least for me). This book was well worth my money and time.