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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583333894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583333891
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people around the world to unclutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew has addressed audiences from TEDx to Sustainable Silicon Valley. His corporate clients include American Express, Time, Inc., NetApp, Genentech, Singapore Tourism Board, and the US Departments of Education and Homeland Security.

Media appearances include, but are not limited to, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, USA Today, Real Simple, Oprah Magazine, America Now, GQ and numerous trade and travel publications.

In addition to leading workshops, speaking and media appearances, he maintains a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and non-profits. He also works with CEOs, award-winning filmmakers and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere.

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first virtual personal organization training center that offers classes, workshops and other online resources for businesses and individuals.

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organizing at places like Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment.

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!®

For more information on Andrew Mellen, visit www.andrewmellen.com.

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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne MacDonald on September 27, 2010
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UnStuff Your Life, although focused on providing guidance related to organizing your home is really much more than that. In essence, it's could also be titled, How to Relieve the Stress of an Unorganized Life-- truly a self -help book that I found to be one of the best I've ever read. It provides a manageable process on how to reorganize each room in your home, while also identifying the obstacles in your life that have disrupted your personal journey. It is a must read for any stay-at-home or working mother trying to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously. As a working mother myself, I found the book to be so inspiring that i couldn't put it down. I read it on a long plane ride and found myself drawing diagrams of each of my rooms; indicating where things should be relocated. Andrew Mellen's philosophy of "everything needs a home" and put "like with like" is now something I think about daily.

As a birthday, Mothers Day or Christmas gift, Unstuff Your Life should be at the top of the list.
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143 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Velveteen Pug on October 8, 2010
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Prior to reading Andrew Mellen's book I would have told anyone who asked - unequivocally - that my life is organized, clutter-free and pretty much seamless. I mean, so what if every once in a while I misplace my keys. Or the receipt for that item I intend to return. And doesn't everyone spend five minutes searching a myriad of drawers for a grater to shave some fresh ginger? And that rsvp card for my niece's wedding. It only took me ten minutes to get my hands on it...that's normal, right? Who needs inspiration to save all of five minutes of time and frustration here and there? Well, apparently I do. And in the highly capable hands of one Andrew Mellen, I'm now as unstuffed as a plush bear in a gorilla cage. Andrew approaches the keys to an organized life with a deft hand, with wit and candor and without preaching. Some of the tips and tricks he offers are seemingly obvious (keeping our house/car keys in one place, and one place only)...yet once deployed there's a strange sense of gratification each time I reach to grab the keys on a mad dash out of the house...they're magically in the same place, no hesitation...no foraging among papers and coat pockets. They're now where they are supposed to be. It saves times and alleviates stress. And it's carried one hundred fold throughout every corner of our home, now that I am an unstuffed diva. I'm so giddy with my newfound organization (read: freedom) that I'm tempted to do two shows nightly: "Step right up! Ask the lady of the house where anything is! Anything at all! No object too big, no object too small. She'll have it in her hands in less than one minute flat!" Beyond that, this workshop in a book serves up a genuine soul and psychic cleansing to detach from certain tangible items. And It makes for a lighter load - practically, spiritually and even fiscally. Well done, Mr. Mellen.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Tina Marie on September 30, 2010
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I love this book! It changed my life! I look at all "stuff" in a totally different way now! I don't feel chained to stuff any longer. My house has a lighter feel. The energy of the house flows! Andrew's ideas are great from attic to basement and every room in-between. But it's the rooms in my MIND that really got a good cleaning! Thanks Andrew!!!!
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By F. Palmer on November 14, 2010
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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.
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91 of 103 people found the following review helpful By D.M.C. on September 3, 2011
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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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