7 Questions to Determine What Stays and What Goes

Lightening Your Load

95% of my fellow New Yorkers could be moving things they don’t need or use.

Why?

  • 67% are keeping them “in case I need them in the future.”
  • 56% are holding onto them for sentimental reasons.
  • 25% say they are keeping them only to sell them.

The stories may vary from person to person, but the facts are overwhelming. The vast majority of people are trapped in a dead end loop that doesn’t serve them and keeps them stuck.

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Andrew Mellen's picture

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 worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering 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 organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

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

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

A Different Kind of Replacement Therapy

Someday

You know all those back issues of magazines you’re going to read “someday?”

Or those fabulous recipes you’re going to prepare “someday?”

Or that spectacular research project your going to finally start “someday?”

By the time you get around to starting, chances are that whatever it is you’ve been holding on to for that magic undefined day in your future is going to either be obsolete or remarkably easy to find again on the Internet.

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About The Author

Andrew Mellen's picture

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 worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering 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 organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

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

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

Spring Clean - What to Do With Books

Books may be one of the ways you define yourself.

They may be entwined in at least one story that says only a Philistine would let go of a book.

I have one client who has a library that is full of books—so many that they don’t fit on the shelves anymore. They are in piles on the floor, in shopping bags, in boxes, and balanced on every surface in the library. They also line the entire hallway outside the library—but not in some orderly way—they are randomly stacked on card tables, TV stands, and the floor.

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About The Author

Andrew Mellen's picture

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 worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering 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 organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

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

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

Spring Cleaning and Streamlining Shelves

What do The Scarlet Letter, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and my Introduction to Microeconomics textbook all have in common? They (and all my other books) are all taking up way too much space in my apartment! If your literary library is swallowing your home’s square footage, how do you decide what books to keep and which to give away? If only there was a way to keep all my books and still reclaim all that space…

Before I get rid of anything, I ask myself a simple question—When is the last time I even used this?

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Armando Torres is an aspiring filmmaker, photographer, and blogger. As part of the evox team, he is dedicated to sharing the stories of individuals, organizations, and communities who are changing the world. When he’s not working, Armando spends his free time creating found footage videos, taking photos, going to concerts, collecting vinyl records, and lounging around with his cat, Pablo Escobar.

Spring Cleaning...In Like a Lion

Sensing a whisper of warmer weather, and perhaps partly due to the possibility of shedding heavy clothes in favor of lighter garments, we think of letting go, cleaning or cleansing, making room for the new emerging growth promised by the season to come.

As I have said before, life experience is a metaphor for so many layers of communication.  Assistance with “Clearing Clutter” is essentially a new profession. We have awakened to the value of letting go and the great feeling of possibility and freedom that letting go of outgrown belongings brings.

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Laura Basha's picture

Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings here: http://www.evoxtelevision.com/evolve-with-dr-laura-basha/

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08/31/2017
Lightening Your Load 95% of my fellow New Yorkers could be moving things they don’t need or use. Why? 67% are keeping them “in case I need them in the future.” 56% are holding onto them... read more
Cluttered desk piled with magazines and books.
10/06/2016
Someday You know all those back issues of magazines you’re going to read “someday?” Or those fabulous recipes you’re going to prepare “someday?” Or that spectacular research project your... read more
random piles of books
04/01/2015
Books may be one of the ways you define yourself. They may be entwined in at least one story that says only a Philistine would let go of a book. I have one client who has a library that is full... read more
crowded shelves full of books
03/06/2015
What do The Scarlet Letter, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and my Introduction to Microeconomics textbook all have in common? They (and all my other books) are all taking up way too much space in my... read more
painted and sketched flowers by Laura Basha
03/03/2015
Sensing a whisper of warmer weather, and perhaps partly due to the possibility of shedding heavy clothes in favor of lighter garments, we think of letting go, cleaning or cleansing, making room for... read more
Collection of cobalt blue bottles.
08/31/2017
Lightening Your Load 95% of my fellow New Yorkers could be moving things they don’t need or use. Why? 67% are keeping them “in case I need them in the future.” 56% are holding onto them... read more
Cluttered desk piled with magazines and books.
10/06/2016
Someday You know all those back issues of magazines you’re going to read “someday?” Or those fabulous recipes you’re going to prepare “someday?” Or that spectacular research project your... read more
random piles of books
04/01/2015
Books may be one of the ways you define yourself. They may be entwined in at least one story that says only a Philistine would let go of a book. I have one client who has a library that is full... read more
crowded shelves full of books
03/06/2015
What do The Scarlet Letter, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and my Introduction to Microeconomics textbook all have in common? They (and all my other books) are all taking up way too much space in my... read more
painted and sketched flowers by Laura Basha
03/03/2015
Sensing a whisper of warmer weather, and perhaps partly due to the possibility of shedding heavy clothes in favor of lighter garments, we think of letting go, cleaning or cleansing, making room for... read more