Synopses & Reviews
One of the country's most sought-after professional organizers makes his foolproof rescue plan available for everyone
Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet. Acknowledging that it's often the "stuff behind the stuff" that holds people back, Mellen offers an action-based plan to redirect clutterers from dwelling on their feelings. This simple shift yields immediate results that will help everyone achieve organizational bliss-from the chronic key-loser to the hard-core hoarder. Mellen's mix of humor, honesty, tough love, and foolproof strategies motivates readers to work through their feelings and make real behavior changes that will have long-lasting effects.
Written in Mellen's signature no-nonsense yet hilarious tone, Unstuff Your Life! brims with personality, along with approaches not found in other organizing books. Built on the principle that we must distinguish ourselves from our possessions, Unstuff Your Life! starts with truly achievable goals and works toward the nightmare projects everyone tries hard to avoid. From the basement to the bedroom, the kitchen to the car, and more, readers will learn:
?where to find a permanent home for your keys and wallet
?how to sort the mail in a manageable and time-effective way
?what it means to group "like with like"
?how to tackle bills and budget
?how to problem-solve with your new skills, and more
The result is absolute freedom from the burden of clutter-and more free time than you ever imagined possible.
"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 Mellon's Kool-Aid may enjoy a more organized, efficient, and well-managed life.
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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 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.
From basement to bedroom, kitchen to car, and into every corner of life, Mellen’s system yields lasting results. Discover how to:
- 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! starts with truly achievable goals and works toward the nightmare projects everyone tries hard to avoid. With humor, honesty, tough love, and foolproof advice, Mellen makes it easy to finally let go and embrace the decluttered life.
About the Author
Andrew J. Mellen is an author, speaker, professional organizer and life coach who has been featured widely in the media, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living Today, Woman’s Day and on HGTV, DIY, BetterTV, and NPR. With a coast-to-coast roster of clients, he leads workshops throughout America. He lives in New York City.