Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good
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 ...more
I don't know exactly what I was looking for when I picked up this book... perhaps it was just some inspiration. 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. Mr. Mellen spends a verbose, albeit sarcastically witty and encouraging, 373 pages stating what could be said in a few sentences. His motto is Everything Has a Home and ...more
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 ev ...more
Listening to Andrew Mellen describe the steps to an uncluttered house can be boiled down to two phrases..." Everything should have a home" and " like with like." He has an entire chapter on getting your mail sorted for goodness sake. Sounds like a complete waste of time- right? Except ...more
Anyway, besides the tone and style of the book, I LOVE IT. He starts with having a place for your keys/wallet ...more
Here is why you should read the book (without being inclined to take action right away):
- You will get familiar with the methods, so when you do have time to take ...more
In terms of actual advice, he espouses two main ideas: like with like, and everything has a home. In and of themselves, they are good, useful ideas. However, there's only so much to say about them before one starts repeating oneself, a ...more
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 ...more
No magic happened... My house isn't any more organized than before I started! LOL. 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.
As organizing books go, this book had rules to follow: "One home for everything, and likes with likes" that the author applies to everything in your life.
I liked that this book ...more
If you spend more time looking for what you need rather than doing what you want then it's time to get rid of a few things - the stress is not worth that junk!! Among many other things that I have misplaced, I found 7 tape measures and 9 hammers! I use ...more
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.
So far I have done the kitchen and scrapbook room and am working my way through the office and storage room. I find him very helpful. Deep breaths.....deep breaths.....I can be cool without my stuff....deep breaths. : )
Actually the author is funny, practical, and useful.
This book takes a simple approach to organization, which is to find a place for each item, labelled as necessary, and to always return items to their places. That was simple for me, as I already have some level of organization in that I don't usually spend lots of time eac ...more
I loved the style and tone - an organising boot-camp, a true follow-along, do-exactly-as-I-say course. But I had expected a manual of minimalism. From a European point of view this guy owns so much stuff! I can't even imagine why someone would need, for example, more than one colander.
I haven't rated this book because I think the fault is with my diff ...more
While I love all the tactical and very practical information in this book, I do want to give fair warning to readers: this book is meant to be actionable, almost like a workbook. There's a lot of step-by-step instruction (maybe too much?) and rationales for sorting in the way he suggests. Enough to make your head spin ...more
He's appeared in or on The Nate Berkus Show, O, The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living Today, Orpah & Friends, HGTV, CBS, NBC, CW11, Live Well Network, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, GQ, USA Weekend, InStyle, Together, DIY Network, XM Radio, VIV Magazine, Healthy UK and NPR.
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