Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good Paperback
Author: Visit Amazon's Andrew J. Mellen Page | Language: English | ISBN: 1583333894
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Living in chaos? Professional Organizer Mellen has written the book to help. At 400 pages, it's not for the faint of heart or the semi-committed, but for readers determined to bringing their stuff under control. "There is no magic device, and you don't need to be rescued," Mellen assures, advocating ways of streamlining that don't have to break the bank. He begins by the front door, with creating a place to locate your keys and mail, and then moves through the house from room to room, starting in the kitchen; sentimental doo-dads (the most difficult to abandon) are the last to go. While Mellen at times ventures into Martha Stewart's turf ("Create a paint schedule!"), he's closer in temperament to his mentor, Oprah. For those having trouble letting go of their stuff, he says, "Identify with the willingness to shift your behavior," and move bravely forward. Despite dips into hokum, Mellen is not a sentimentalist, he's a tough life coach, and many readers will have trouble paring down as much as he'd like. But those willing to take even a small sip of Mellen's Kool-Aid may enjoy a more organized, efficient, and well-managed life.
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“Whether it’s your home or your head—Andrew Mellen shows how to achieve organizational success!”
—Peter Walsh, author of It’s All Too Much and Enough Already!
“Good sense of humor and considerable amount of compassion… Unstuff Your Life! is an extremely helpful and practical book, always pointing us to the bigger picture.”
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness
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- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Avery Trade (August 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583333894
- ISBN-13: 978-1583333891
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I've read several books regarding the clearing of clutter. Having parents who are hoarders gives me the motivation to stay on top of unnecessary accumulation.
While other books are monumentally helpful in deciding what to keep and what to cast aside, as well as covering the mental attachments to such items, they don't delve far enough as to tell you what to do specifically with the items kept. Andrew's book leads the reader by the hand, guiding step by step through the removal of clutter, and continues through the placement and organization of kept items to the point where they are intuitively found in seconds, not minutes, hours, or even days.
Since adopting Andrew's methods in my home and work space, I no longer wonder where I have placed my keys, phone, wallet, camera, important papers, and even grocery items. No longer will I wonder if I am out of butter, vanilla, or canned pineapple. I look and see immediately if something is missing.
A very important part of Andrew's method is the use of common sense and humor in regards to an often touchy subject. He is never scolding, condescending, or cruel. And, unlike many professional organizers, he allows the reader to ultimately decide where to place things and what containers to utilize, rather than being subject to a laundry list of expensive and superfluous products from The Container Store.
My only regret (and it was a very small one) is having bought the Kindle version of the book. While I am happy to save shelf space, I missed the convenience of writing in the book when doing the exercises. It was only a little inconvenient to write in a notebook, but looking back, the notebook takes up the same space the physical book would have.
I was very excited about this purchase because of the great reviews. My house is not a disaster, but I have clutter that I just don't "see" because it has been there so long and need some more organization. I liked the first chapter, which has you reflect on your core values and whether your actions and the time your spend reflect those values. That definitely helps with the process of going through clutter and determining what is important to you. I also liked that he mapped out rooms and how they are used in detail, though each house is different and it doesn't always translate to your space. This helps me look at the space I have, stand back, and determine how it can BEST be used, instead of just getting rid of a few things. I also liked the Like with Like and Home for Everything. This is something I had already learn from another book, but like he said, they really are the most important. If everything has a home and you always return it to that home, you are most of the way there to keeping your house in order.
However, there were some cons for me. The second chapter had you find a home for your keys, purse and mail, and then spend a month just putting things in their new home each day. I already did this before reading the book, so I just moved on. I did not agree with the mail sorting system, I think it makes you process each piece of mail too many time - putting in baskets, then sorting from there again. I use the GTD method of sorting mail, there is no presorting. It just all goes in my inbox and gets sorted one by one. I never have to put trash or flyers in a bin, and then touch it again to throw it away.
But the biggest problem for me was that he asked me to take out everything from my kitchen cabinets.
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