Open water swimmer in gray lake with mountains behind.

Here’s a key to unstuffing your life — plain and simple.

And this concept is from a trainer for the U.S. Olympics.

To be successful over the long run, he says, you need to shift your focus from desired outcome to consistent superior execution.

So in his world, it’s not about winning gold.

It’s about attacking your next ___________ thinking that it is going to be your best yet, based on everything you know and have trained for right up until this point.

It’s putting into play all the preparation and all your knowledge and experience each time you do something.

So applying this concept to unstuffing your life, I’m suggesting that you relax any demands you have placed on yourself or the process related to outcome.

Like saying to yourself, “I’m going to get organized once and for all.” Particularly if you add a “damn it!” to the end of that sentence.

Now, I believe that getting organized is NOT a life-long process.

But staying organized IS.

Dealing with historic clutter is one part of the process — and once that is completed, you should never have to address that kind of accumulation again.

But any day in which you interact with stuff will present an opportunity for stuff to become clutter.

And you can control that — stuff can’t.

Stuff just ends up where you leave it.

So when you shift your point of view from one of outcome to execution, you’ll see that each encounter with stuff becomes about using something for its purpose and returning it to its home when that purpose is fulfilled.

The focus is now on process rather than product.

And there’s an appreciation for, if not outright liking of, the work.

You recognize HOW being organized serves you in accomplishing the things that feed your spirit.

And you also recognize that that which feeds your spirit holds a higher value for you than that which you previously deemed tedious or tiresome or a pain in the butt.

And suddenly, One Home For Everything becomes that much easier to live.

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About The Author

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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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