Stuffology 101

Get Your Mind Out of the Clutter
Narrated by: Susan Boyce, Lloyd James
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Stuffology 101 is for those of us who want to get the clutter out of our lives without being featured on reality TV. We can still use our bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen, but we harbor secrets.

  • Do you race around to pick up piles when someone's at the door?
  • Do you close the door to hide your stuff in the spare room?
  • Do you still have boxes to unpack from your last move a dozen years ago?
  • Are you unable to focus because your mind is so frazzled?

Stuffologists Brenda Avadian and Eric Riddle share four decades of experience dealing with stuff - or rather, clutter. Inside Stuffology 101, you'll find fun and flexible approaches to get your mind out of what you define as clutter. Funny, serious, and humbling stories are woven in with tips to help you clear the toxic clutter out of your life.

At the end of your life, what will matter most - things or people? Are you ready to manage the stuff in your life?

©2014 Brenda Avadian, MA, and Eric M. Riddle (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 09-07-15

Too much filler and whining

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I read and listen to organization books fairly often. I'm disorganized by nature, but through the years, I've found things that work for me and now have it pretty much under control. But the books help keep me on the right track and it's a topic I enjoy. Given that, I don't mind it if books are repeats of old concepts, I mean, how many ways are there to say, 'pick up after yourself, get rid of stuff you don't need, don't over consume'. It's great if an author brings a new outlook or has a new tip, but I won't knock off stars in books that don't. But this book was beyond basic. It felt to me as if the bulk of the book was the authors whining about how disorganized they are. It was frustrating, I kept waiting for the book to actually start. Finally at the end there are some guidelines and approaches, but by then I was bored and the simplistic advice was too little too late.

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Practical decluttering advice.

This book is worth listening to. It is presented in a non-judgmental fashion and it presents reasonable and realistic advice for approaching large and small decluttering projects. I also appreciated the humorous moments and I like the supporting website for Stuffology 101.

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Wish I could recommend this

What would have made Stuffology 101 better?

More science, less stories that have twists that have nothing to do with the subject.

What was most disappointing about Brenda Avadian and Eric M. Riddle ’s story?

Hardly any real content. Imagine going to a party and overhearing 2 people talking about decluttering their lives. Then make that a book.

What does Susan Boyce and Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nothing, But they did is fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stuffology 101?

Almost all. The book could have been done in a few pages.

Any additional comments?

Book Summary:
Decide what is clutter, then make a plan and declutter regularly.

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Repetitive and tedious

I thought I was listening to the same sections over and over. Big secret they share: write stuff done and check your calendar. Oh, also use sticky notes. Really.

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Great help

I found detail oriented steps to help with getting rid any preventing adding on, it is useful to listen and do the task while listening.

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Waste of time

Glad I eliminated this clutter from my to read list that is the best thing I can say about this repetitive piece of crap

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Enjoyable and inspirational quick read.

I am in the process of cleaning up and this is one of a handful of books that assisted me through the process. Professional and good content.

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Boring and not helpful

Painfully boring to read and not helpful. The authors themselves have still not figured out how to clear their own clutter and testify to that numerous times. For example, Brenda, simply could not get rid of seven year old magazines by her bedside and even went into detail about how baby carrots were made, "I did not know that. Had I not read that old magazine I wouldn't have read that," she said. Seriously?'

If you want a good declutter book go with Marie Kondo's audio book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up".


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Tries to be entertaining

What was most disappointing about Brenda Avadian and Eric M. Riddle ’s story?

I made it only one-third the way through the audiobook. So far it’s just a bunch of depressing anecdotes on how people collect stuff. I thought there would be advice on how to reduce it, other than the implied, “Don’t be like us!” I won’t be continuing this book because I have lost faith that I will suddenly find value later in the book.

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Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up would be a better choice for people who don’t want to listen to an hour of other people’s failures.

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The authors needed to declutter this book

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The authors of this book should have taken their own advice and decluttered. There were a few nuggets of valuable information, but the long, rambling anecdotes and silly analogies were very annoying. I felt like they were trying to meet a page count minimum. We don’t need to hear a rehashing of the loooong story about the significance of the wooden spoon. Tell us once why it is important, then every time you say wooden spoon, we understand. For the mostly common sense advice about decluttering, it is not worth wading through all of the other verbal detritus!

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