Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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 Mellon's Kool-Aid may enjoy a more organized, efficient, and well-managed life. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583333891
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 119,594
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew J. Mellen is a professional organizer and life coach who has been featured widely in the media, including in O, The Oprah Magazine, on HGTV and DIY networks, and on NPR. With a coast-to-coast roster of clients, he leads workshops throughout America. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 You Are Not Your Stuff 9

2 Key Wallet Purse Mail 29

3 Kitchen Pantry 53

4 Office Home Office Paperwork 89

5 Clothess Closets 123

6 Auxiliary Spaces: Basements Attics Garages 161

7 Car 217

8 Mementos Sentimental Objects Gifts Collections 241

9 Photos 271

10 E-mail Organizing Computer Files Social Networking Sites 303

11 New Things and the Rest of Your Life 351

Thank-Yous and Acknowledgments 375

Appendix: What to Save 378

Resources 382

Index 385

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    I love this book! Simple, direct, no-nonsense information and th

    I love this book! Simple, direct, no-nonsense information and the author is a great cheerleader.

    I feel supported and encouraged and not bogged down in a bunch of self-help baloney. Mellen leads us right to the next step with clarity, humor and warmth.

    This could change your life - it did mine!

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