Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 3, 2010 - Self-Help - 400 pages
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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, Mellenís 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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Review: Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

This would be a great book for someone that is cluttered. I realized I was actually less cluttered than I maybe thought I was. Mellen has some great ideas to become organized and I already do the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Adam R. - Goodreads

This is a book that requires action, and my personal experience with any book that requires taking action (especially action you've neglected to take for years) is that you're inclined to push off ... Read full review

Contents

Organizing the Storage
When Laundry Is Done in Auxiliary Spaces
Finishing SecondTier Spaces for Living vs Storage and How That Impacts Where You Store Your Things
Trash or Treasure? Delusions of National Geographic eBay and Early Retirement
The ThriftStore Box Is Not a Grab Bag
What Were Going to Cover in This Chapter
One Home for Everything and Like with Like on Wheels
Organizing the Car

A Few More Suggestions
Day One
A Home for Keys
Wallet Purse
A NOTE ABOUT BAGS
Mails Home
Processing Old or Accumulated Mail and Establishing a Mail Routine
Living the Work and Maintaining the System
What Were Going to Cover in This Chapter
Whats Happening in Your Kitchen?
One Home for Everything and Like with Like
Breathing Visualization
Sorting Purging and ReArranging
The Sad the Lonely and the Mismatched
Reloading the Storage
Appliances
Maintaining the System
What Were Going to Cover in This Chapter
What an Office Is and Isnt
Whats Happening in Your Office?
Filing Is the Answer
Superior Filing Tools
Designing and Practicing the Right Way to File
Structural Elements of an Office
Transitioning from an Outside Office to a Home Office
How to Set Up Your Office
ClientFriendly Space
Sorting Purging and ReArranging
Converted Closets and Other Snug Spaces
Those Other Activities
How Long Do I Have to Keep This?
Maintaining the System
Suggestion or Rule if You Respond Better to Rules
What a Closet Is and Isnt
Structural Elements of a Clothes Closet
I Currently Wear These Sizes
Clothes and Proper Storage II
PreSorting and Purging
The Emptying of the Closets
Sorting and Purging
Reloading the Closet
Overbuying and Buyers Remorse
Shoes
Maintaining the Clothes Closet
Other Kinds of Closets
Dirty Laundry
Maintaining the System
What Were Going to Cover in This Chapter
What They Are and What They Arent
General Suggestions
Space Limitations and Structural Elements
The Particular Challenges Presented by the Garage
Feelings and Stuff and Space Oh My
Teamwork
Scheduling the Time
An Overview
Sorting and You
Cleanliness Is Next to Garageliness or Atticliness or Basementliness
Containerizing the Categories
The Importance of Labels How Why and Where
Categories and Locations in the Car
Maintaining Order on Four Wheels
Dead or Mortally Wounded Autos and Their Final Destination Which Isnt Your Front Lawn
License and Registration Please
Checklist Before a Trip
What Were Going to Cover in This Chapter
What They Are and What They Arent
One Home for Everything and Like with Like
If You Visit It You Will Bring Me Home Mementos of Travel Part I
Departed Relatives and Friends from Houston to Heaven Part III
Good Gifts Bad Gifts
I Am My Own Museum
CollectionsCool or Crazy?
Will You Hate Me if I Get Rid Of ?
This Might Be Worth a FortuneAntiques Roadshow or Thrift Store?
Approaching Sorting and How to Sort
Actually Sorting
Containerizing the Objects
Maintaining the System
What Were Going to Cover in This Chapter
Things You Will Need for the Work in This Chapter
One Home for Everything and Like with Like
If You Visit It You Will Bring Me Home Mementos of Travel Part II
Whos That Strange Man Standing Next to Aunt Ida?
Digital vs Analog ImagesNot an EitherOr Proposition
Amateur or Prothe Disease of I Made Itism
Approaching Sorting and How to Sort
Actually Sorting
Digital Photos
Renaming or Tagging?
Digital Frames
Software Solutions
A Digital OneTwo Punch
Maintaining the System
What Were Going to Cover in This Chapter
One Home for Everything and Like with Like
Managing Incoming Email
Email Vampires
Online ShoppingA Potential Personal Hell
Organizing Your Bookmarks
Managing SpamNot the Potted Meat
Organizing Your Computer
Backing Up
Social Networking SitesWhats in It for Me?
Instant Messaging? Im Just Getting Used to Instant Pudding
In Conclusion
What Were Going to Cover in This Chapter
Impulse Shopping and Kicking the Habit
Something In Something Out
One Home for Everything and Like with Like
The Value of Stuff
Needs vs Wants
Spiritual Materialism
Belief as Definition
VirgoMan I Think Ill Miss You Most of All
HOW LONG SHOULD I KEEP THIS?
BASIC HUMAN NEEDS RESOURCES
RECYCLING
ANNOYANCES
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

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, Womanís 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.

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