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Unstuff Your Life Audiobook

Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

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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.

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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    Anonymous 05-28-17
    05-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "You are not your Stuff."

    I loved this book! It contains useful information on matters big or small. I am implementing small changes every day. I hope others find it helpful as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy 05-15-17
    Peggy 05-15-17
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    "Finally someone breaks it down"
    Where does Unstuff Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It motivated me to take steps towards organizing my life piece by piece.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andrew Mellen


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

    He got it!! He understands why people hang on to "Stuff" and helped you realize it's just stuff. Keep the memories, and get rid of the stuff!


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

    I'm not my stuff!

    One home for everything & Like with like!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are serious about getting organized... Listen to this book.... then go out and buy the book and follow along while you listen to it again and do the work or task. (It made me more aware of "One home for everything & Like with like"!!!!While I listen the first time, I would stop and say well what about this?? He would always say ... If you are wondering about??? I will cover it in another chapter, so the second time around - I didn't worry about "This" because I knew it was covered. He seems to have an answer for every situation. Great book!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Frew Vancouver, BC 05-05-17
    Paul Frew Vancouver, BC 05-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Meticulous detail, step by step guide!"

    This book was far more detailed than I anticipated, offering practical, step by step guidance for dealing with all types of 'stuff'. And hence I found it very easy to see the application to my life. Goes beyond just stuff too, into some philosophy, which I appreciated Great narration. Overall a very useful book indeed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mahal Lynn Yadao 04-25-17
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    "inspiring!"

    it's easy to follow and motivating. I enjoyed his expertise very much. I can't wait to apply these new skills

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candous Langston 04-13-17
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    "Fantastic!"

    Great structure, easy to follow, all recommendations are easily doable.. I would definitely be interested in listening to other audio books by this author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle 10-05-17
    Danielle 10-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Quirky, thorough, & humbling. A must read. :D"

    I can say with almost certainty that every American consumer would benefit from reading this. I simply can not wait to put this all into action. Thank you Andrew!

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    pluc 09-30-17
    pluc 09-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the passion, the way to explain every step to unstuff your life"

    I highly recommend this book to everyone, we have to remember we are just in this Earth like travelers, for just a "short" time, falling into consumerism has made many inefficient. I still have to apply all the processes but believe this book talks about every subject important to organize and be more efficient in what each loves.

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    shopqueen Aurora, IL 07-30-17
    shopqueen Aurora, IL 07-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Yawn yawn yawn"

    Sorry but the narrator's voice was not engaging. He put me to sleep! I tried several times to listen to this to give it a fair shake.

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    Anonymous 06-12-17
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    "hated it ..."

    He goes on and on talking about other things other than clutter ...I want a refund ...can't continue to hear this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Albers 05-14-17
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    "Don't waste a credit on this one!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Unless you're a teenager setting up housekeeping for the first time, don't bother with this simplistic and redundant book.
    His numerous statements and restatements of such illuminating concepts on the order of "...If it's trash, throw it away..." (He actually says this exact phrase, and not once but several times!) is most tiresome, as is his self-agrandizing and long explanations of the obvious. Save your credit for something more worthy of your time!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something (anything!) by Annie Dillard


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew J. Mellen?

    Sorry, but I don't think even Ken Burns could have brought this one up to snuff.


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    11/23/15
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    "10 minutes crammed into 9 hours"

    slow, dull and patronising. Could have been done in ten minutes. don't waste your time...

    1 of 1 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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn
    Durham, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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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
  • 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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robina Australia
    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

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Che-Hsiung Liu
    UK
    10/1/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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