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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 andrewmellen.com/uyl-downloads/.

©2012 Andrew J. Mellen (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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An Easy To-Do List, If You Can Let Go

For those willing to do the work, this book is a blessing. No more overthinking about how to overcome yourself. Everything is step-by-step, simple and clear-cut, complete with the perspective shift needed to get over yourself and make it happen... but only if you're willing and ready for the change. The chapters are broken down by room, so you can reference it quickly as each need arises. I haven't yet put this into practice, but after one read-through, I'm ready to tackle some of the small scale work and try it on for size. If that works, I'll likely go through this again and hit the bigger problem.

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Matter of fact, makes sense, do it and read it.

If you could sum up Unstuff Your Life in three words, what would they be?

practical, take the emotion out of it, advice on what you keep and what you let go.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect is the emotional connections we have to 'THINGS" we may not want, need, or care about but we keep housing, storing, and someday, someday, we will use for this or that, that never really happens.

Which character ??? as performed by Andrew J. Mellen ??? was your favorite?

HIMSELF!

What insight do you think you???ll apply from Unstuff Your Life?

Have applied a lot of it, such as the simple one of having a place for things as soon as you walk in door and going through closets and ridding myself of things I have not used in years. The most difficult thing was donating my mothers hutch that she wanted for so long and was so proud to have gotten. It's OK, I still have all the wonderful memories.

Any additional comments?

Recommended to friend - he likes to fold his towels like that now.

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I love love love this book

I love this book because it really is practical. That, by the way, is an extreme understatement.....! The author approaches the subject with clear, concise directions that explain WHY you should/should not do something as well as the HOW.

I honestly didn't think I'd get anything out of this book. I figured I knew what he was gonna' say and that I was going to consider it just "so much noise." B U T.... it's not. It's great advice. By the end of the introduction, I was jazzed. By the middle of the book, I was motivated. By the end of the book, I had already made more progress than I've made on my own in 10 years............

Apart from being terrific information, it also happens to be fun and ofttimes funny. Mr. Mellen has a slightly sarcastic (but not caustic) sense of humor that makes you kinda' shake your head, laugh, and say, "Yep, that's me!" His reading is also right up there as "the perfect voice" for his own material (and I don't usually say that about authors reading their own stuff.).

Unless you are already a perfect housekeeper/organizer, I GUARANTEE you that you will find enough gems in this book to make it well worth your time and money.

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  • Asako
  • MOUNT KISCO, NY, United States
  • 09-15-12

Make your life easier and simple

Where does Unstuff Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks high.

What other book might you compare Unstuff Your Life to and why?

There are books about how to organize, but this book deals with the person's fundamental human nature, habits and character. The author tries to change them and he changed me, honest.

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

He is loving and caring for those who want to change to be organized people.

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

No. It takes time to follow and organize according to instructions.

Any additional comments?

It really changed me. I am a procrastinator. My desk was cluttered with papers, letters and other stuff. I am no more a procrastinator. I answered all my letters. I organized the file. Now the desk is clean and I have a good feeling which I never had before. Unnecessary things disappeared from the kitchen countertop. The kitchen drawers were organized. I inherited the spirit of the author. From now on I hope to have a minimal, simple and organized life. Thank you Andrew Mellen! I read the book twice.

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Useless as an audio book

Any additional comments?

This may or may not be a great book for organizing your life but I can tell you after a couple of chapters - it is useless as an audiobook. The author suggests you do several writing exercises, answering a very long list of questions about your feelings with regards to "stuff" but goes through the list of questions very quickly. Later there is a long list of words you can choose from to decribe your core values. It wouldn't be so bad if there was an e-book companion, or if you could buy the Kindle book to go along with but that is not an option. If you want to give it a try, I strongly suggest you buy a hardcopy.

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This is a workbook, NOT for just listening

What did you love best about Unstuff Your Life?

Very clear cut. If you need someone to simply tell you what to do and why in a no nonsense manner, Mellen is great.

Would you recommend Unstuff Your Life to your friends? Why or why not?

Please know this book is almost useless unless you WORK through it and do most everything he says. It's not advice, it is step by step procedures. In a weird way it is like listening to a cook book. I have not finished the book as I intend to go back to certain chapters like The Kitchen and follow as I work.

Which scene was your favorite?

NA

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

NA

Any additional comments?

It's a work book, similar to a cook book for organizing.

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A perfectly organized book

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.

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  • Lorna
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 11-05-13

Brilliant for those that need a bit of organising.

brilliant and practical hints and tips to organise your life.. and to unclutter the clutter.

I listen in stages between other books and you can also visit the website for more tips..
Most helpful!!

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A MUST-READ for organization and hilarity...,

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this book to several people. There are times when I listen to this book for entertainment value and pure enjoyment. What an entertaining book to share and listen to while organizing and reevaluating why we buy the things we buy or keep the things that do not serve us!!!!

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  • Pam
  • United States
  • 02-17-13

The emotional side of clutter

This is an emotional examination of why we accumulate stuff, and how to begin to address getting rid of it. This book inspired me to clean out our "junk room" while I was listening to it, and it gave me strategies that I have used ever since.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful