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These are some comments from a recent workshop.

How many of these things are also costing you money?

  • Inconsistent car maintenance
  • Putting things off until “someday”
  • Replacing items I can’t find
  • Replacing items I forgot I had
  • Kids wanting/demanding more and more things
  • Chaos in the office = less energy to create programs and serve clients
  • Filing taxes and finalizing divorce papers
  • Buying books
  • Poor time management impacts my ability to profitably run my practice
  • Inefficient management of health care forms and not filing insurance claims
  • Robbing Peter to pay Paul
  • Eating out too often
  • Procrastination and laziness
  • Carrying too much stuff in my car

The above is just the tip of the iceberg.

The pervasive impact disorganization has on a person’s life goes so far beyond their wallet — which of course shouldn’t be downplayed or minimized.

In the coming weeks, I want to explore the greater implications of disorganization.

When one is unable to maintain even basic self-care, it becomes understandable how one can not or does not consistently show up as a good friend, neighbor, or citizen.

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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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