Cluttered desk piled with magazines and books.


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.

For those of you who like to argue that that may be true for everyone else, but YOU have something that is so unique that if you made the grave mistake of letting it go, it would be lost forever …

Prove it.

Go to the computer now, search for the author, subject, or title of whatever you’re desperately clutching and see if you can’t find a digital version of the same information.

If you can, you’re out of excuses.

You could certainly keep a journal or a document of all the recipes you’d LIKE to cook “someday” and then look them up if and when you’re ready to break out your apron and toque. Ditto for back issues of magazines you didn’t have or make the time to read when they were current. Double ditto for research projects.
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google says,

“Every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.”

That’s something like five exabytes of data, he says.

With that in mind, I’m betting that you could find that recipe for ginger lemongrass crème brûlée someplace besides your bedroom floor.

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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 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!® 

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