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“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”   Amelia Earhart

Long before Nike trademarked the phrase, Amelia knew what just do it truly meant.

The only way to get something done is to actually do it, which sounds simple enough, right?

Everyone has the ability to be a “do-er”.  Looking back at major moments of success in your life, you will see that you have already accomplished some impressive things.

When it comes to getting organized, though, that inner do-er gets hung up or frozen, and suddenly you find yourself pacing back and forth or circling a pile of stuff unable to take action.

As my friend and mentor Mark LeBlanc says, “everyone can take one more step.”

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that buying a bunch of containers and storing everything is the same as letting go of the stuff you don’t need, use, or have room for.

Every single piece of clutter you have lying around is a very real physical obstacle between you and happiness.

No amount of decorative tubs or bins or boxes will cure your stuff problem. In fact, those containers just became MORE stuff!

The most important tool you need to accomplish your organizational goals is already right inside you—willingness.

So reset your thinking.

Do you want to get organized? Do you want to set yourself free from clutter, disorganization, and wasted time for good?

Then do it. Get out of your head and into action. Take one step forward and that easily, you are on your way.

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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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