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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Unstuff Your Life! A professional organizer and life coach shows readers how to kick the clutter habit with his complete how-to guide to total organization Arguably the most organized man in America, sought-after coach Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for the chronically overwhelmed everywhere.
Acknowledging that it's A professional organizer and life coach shows readers how to kick the clutter habit with his complete how-to guide to total organization Arguably the most organized man in America, sought-after coach Andrew J. Acknowledging that it's often the "stuff behind the stuff" that holds people back, Mellen offers a surprisingly simple, yet effective solution in his step-by-step guide, guaranteed to help achieve organizational bliss for everyone from perpetual key misplacers to hard-core hoarders.
Never lose your keys or wallet again Stop mail, magazine, and paper pileups for good Feel empowered to tackle bills and budgets Reclaim space and time once dominated by clutter Built on the principle that we must distinguish ourselves from our possessions, Unstuff Your Life!
With humor, honesty, tough love, and foolproof advice, Mellen makes it easy to finally let go and embrace the decluttered life. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Unstuff Your Life!
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Lists with This Book. Dec 31, Christy rated it liked it Shelves: I was really excited to read this one as one of my goals for is to declutter my condo I made great strides in my closet today: The main point of the book is that 'everything has a home'. This was said sooooo many times! Most things in my condo already have a place, so the repetitiveness wasn't helpful for me.
The one c 3 stars! The one chapter i really did like was the kitchen chapter. I liked his ideas on organizing the kitchen and I'll be using those when I get to decluttering that room! Overall, this was an okay read for me, but I think it could be really helpful for some! View all 8 comments.
May 10, Cori rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't know exactly what I was looking for when I picked up this book I have been fairly organized my whole life, but I was also a stay-at-home mom. Now I am out in the workforce and finding it more difficult to stay organized, but deep down, I know what it takes.
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Mellen spends a verbose, albeit sarcastically witty and encouraging, pages stating what could be said in a few sentences. His motto is Everything Has a Home and Attention: Two and one-half chapters into this book I realized that I don't need intricate sorting instructions. Rather, I need to get off my duff and just DO! Therein lies my greatest problem, which no amount of organizational advice from Mr. I'm glad I checked this out at the library instead of purchasing it.
Feb 05, Jennifer Oldroyd rated it it was amazing.
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Once straight through, and then each chapter a couple of times again as they correspond with the room I am organizing. I could write a dissertation on its merits, but sufficeth it to say that Andrew Mellen is a genius. It is completely intuitive-nothing radical crazy here, just common sense presented in a very reasonable, step-by-step way with a healthy dose of humor.
Somehow the author knows exactly which pushback I would have at every turn, and helps talk me out of my misgivings. I am learning as I "unstuff" my home, one space at a time, that this Herculean task CAN be done and it truly is changing my life!!! No, I am not being overly dramatic. I am implementing his "program" exactly, which I highly recommend if you want results. I love feeling more organized, less stressed out, and having more time for the things that matter.
If you're going to get serious about this, do both. Dec 18, Marnie rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading a book about organizing your house is probably as useful as reading a book about losing weight. Everyone knows how to do it- it is a question of whether you are motivated enough to take the necessary steps. Listening to Andrew Mellen describe the steps to an uncluttered house can be boiled down to two phrases Sounds like a complete waste of time- right?
Except Reading a book about organizing your house is probably as useful as reading a book about losing weight. I followed his steps for reorganizing my kitchen and am really pleased with the results. With just a few tweaks I took from the book my kitchen is certainly less cluttered and more efficient. I'm going to tackle my office next. View all 7 comments. Jul 31, Kristina rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: His attempts at humor are kind of annoying and I feel like spends too much time telling me to calm down and stop panicking way too often.
But, that is just me. And maybe there are people who do start having heart palpitations at the idea of getting rid of some of their "stuff," but I'm guessing if a person is willing to sit down and read the book, they are willing to throw some crap out. Which has worked WAY better than hurriedly opening it and then leaving it sitting on a kitchen counter to then be covered by the next days mail until forgotten.
He does room by room through the house, except for bathrooms and bedrooms and has systems in place to assist the reader in knowing what to keep and what to toss. And then how to best store what is kept. I hate to use the word "life-changing" but it really is one of those books. Jan 28, Sarah rated it liked it. Indeed, this is an author who definitely likes the sound of his own voice.
In terms of actual advice, he espouses two main ideas: In and of themselves, they are good, useful ideas. However, there's only so much to say about them before one starts repeating oneself, and this book contains a LOT of repetition. I'd say read the first three chapters and then skim the rest for useful sections.
For me personally, the section on mememtos and memorabilia, and the section on photo organizing were both useful, but the rest somewhat less so once you read the kitchen chapter, all the organizing chapters are much the same.
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Apr 08, Joseph rated it it was ok. The book started out with a great and energetic introduction and made a promise to explain the whys behind its strategies and suggestions. It also seemed to indicate that the book would delve into the psychology behind why we collect and sometimes hoard as we do. Unfortunately, the book fell woefully short on each count. Instead, the book contained a litany of "to dos" in order to achieve the author's idea of organization. There was a lack of flexibility and the phrasing often resembled orders.
A The book started out with a great and energetic introduction and made a promise to explain the whys behind its strategies and suggestions. Also, the audience appeared to be the suburban housewife, as certain assumptions were made about home size, type of clutter, etc. There were some suggestions for those with smaller kitchens, no study or dining room, etc.
The strategies, while very specific, were difficult for this particular reader to relate to and apply to one's life. At best, this book merely contained a list of ideas, most of which didn't apply and only a few of which came out pretty useful. Sep 09, Lisa rated it really liked it. Fantastic book for people like me who need step by step directions when it comes to organization! I followed his instructions almost exactly and my kitchen has been organized for months! I also used his guidelines for setting up a filing system and it's working really well.
He also discusses why we get attached to "stuff" and how to let it go - great read. Aug 09, George rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book ranks supreme for its kind. It's thorough without being dry. I adopted simple, but quite helpful, changes suggested that made the book's value obvious.
I loved reading this author. Mar 21, Sylwia Wish Fulfillment rated it really liked it.
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I got a lot of of this book. I've been decluttering for years, so this analysis didn't provide anything for me. I've already gone through these types of psychological self-analyses and I personally no longer value objects, so this didn't work for me, however I think these self-explorations could benefit a lot of people, especially beginners to the organized lifestyle.
I purged a significant amount more than he instructed me to. Jan 26, Adam R. This is a book that requires action, and my personal experience with any book that requires taking action especially action you've neglected to take for years is that you're inclined to push off reading the book to a later date the 'when I have the time to follow the advice in this book' date.
Do your best not to fall for this trap.
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Here is why you should read the book without being inclined to take action right away: Having read the book, you'll know that you can take action according to the time you have available. Andrew includes a ton of useful tips in this book, but some - or many- might not be relevant to your needs. So on your second read-through, the general page book that requires a lot of action will turn out to be a very useful 75 pages that require less action.
Many times just reading about being organized gives you a glimpse of the joy of being organized. After getting that small glimpse, you're much more likely to make time for getting organized. I read the whole book once. All I did and no, I didn't originally plan to is organize my closet. And yes, I do love my new 'useful' closet much better than the previous 'everything goes in here' closet that I had.
I think I'll take care of my office space next. Aug 17, Sunshine Moore rated it liked it. This is only useful if you need lists of where things belong in your home. For example, he will tell you to put pasta and rice in the pantry. He has some good general pointers at the beginning, to train yourself to put your keys, wallet and purse in their "home" every day. But I guess I am not as disorganized as I thought, because there was not much useful for me in this book.
Sep 26, Kathy marked it as dnf-or-not-for-me. Nothing wrong with this one other than it didn't hold my interest. This was the 3rd of 4 books on decluttering and minimalizing I have read in the past couple months and half way through I hadn't learned anything and wasn't gaining any new inspiration so I stopped and went on to another book on the same subject.
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May 31, Anton Nikolov rated it liked it. The book is well structured and informative. It is a bit outdated in the technology chapters like photography and computer management but I guess that's normal considering how fast things are changing. Apparently, I am more organized than I expected, so the book wasn't very useful in my hands. However, I can imagine some people could benefit a lot from it, so I would recommend it for people who are lacking basic organizational skills. Sep 20, Lady of the Lake rated it liked it.
If this wasn't audio I more than likely would not have finished it. My house isn't any more organized than before I started! Didn't motivate me into being fabulously organized the humor was def. Better because it was audio I can see how reading it would be annoying didn't tell me anything I already didn't know, sadly. Dec 01, caroline rated it really liked it. A good book for people who don't know where to start with all the STUFF you have that you feel is taking over your life.
I did skip some chapters because they didn't relate to me, but otherwise a great book. Nov 17, Jenny rapid tortoise rated it liked it. Not the best on the subject but definitely worth reading.