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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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.

9 Simple Steps to Spring Clean Your Car

We think we got to all the nooks and crannies of home, maybe even yard and garden…if we are overachievers we even cleared out desk drawers at work (how many dang salt packets, sporks, and sets of chopsticks do we really need?)…but here’s one many of us overlook…the ride.

Does your car need some Spring Cleaning lovin’? More than just a run through the car wash, but digging down to get the sticky pennies from between the seats, dumping the receipts and mint wrappers, and doing a deep dive into your drive.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

10 Tips for Garden and Yard Spring Cleaning, No Matter Your Zone

Finally, the hard freeze of the ground is behind (for most of us) and thoughts return to sun-dappled outdoor afternoons. If you’ve got your own swathe of greenspace in a yard or garden, there are some spring cleaning chores awaiting as nature comes surging back to life.

Obviously where you live will affect the specifics of your yard and garden spring clean, but here are some evergreen ideas that pertain to just about everyone.

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About The Author

Andrew Mersmann's picture

Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Easy, Non-Toxic Ways to Unclog Bathroom Drains

by Dr. Karen Lee | The Green Divas

It’s never fun to unclog bathroom drains…

My bathtub was semi-clogged recently. I hate having sloshing water at my feet when I am in the shower. (Who doesn't?)

So, I tried the only natural method I know, since commercial drain cleaner has Sodium Hydroxide, which is a very caustic substance, bleach, and other chemicals that I wouldn’t want in the house.

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

Spring Clean Your Environment

Hi Evox Community,

So, how did your list making go ? Did it provide a space to access what works and what, maybe not so much? Well, I hope it was a great starting point...and now we are going to look at our environments, where we live, work, and play.

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Sean Aiken is an explorer of life. His interests are varied; 
they range from food and nutrition,
to meditation and spirituality. 
He is a holistic health coach and a bartender (just to keep things in balance)...

Spring Clean Your Home Office

With the season of Spring having now sprung, I’m going to show you how I Spring Cleaned my home office. If you are fortunate enough to work from home, you likely have a home office, and you likely spend countless hours hunched over your desk, click-clacking away at your computer’s keyboard. I’m going to show you how to keep your workspace functional, inspiring, and aesthetically pleasing without sacrificing productivity. 

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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 Prep...Small Steps Toward a Larger Goal

Each year, coming into Spring, I pick a weekend to dedicate to spring cleaning and changing my closets. The secret to getting it done in one weekend is to prepare well beforehand, in just ten-to-fifteen minute increments. Making those difficult keep/donate/toss decisions and clearing out clutter in advance makes small, but noticeable, differences in the process. It helps get my head focused and spurs me on to make the coming big task easier. I take it slow and don’t spend a lot of energy at any one time until the big weekend comes.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

11 Simple Ways to Organize Your Clothes and Closets

Here are 11 simple and practical tips, tools, and guidelines for organizing your clothes and closets.

1) Edit your wardrobe.

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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 Your Medicine Cabinet

As you’re moving couches around to capture stray dust bunnies and putting new shelf liner in the pantry and all those other annual oddities my mother never taught me…an area in your home that is probably worthy of a little spring cleaning and examination is your medicine cabinet.

Whether it is behind the mirror or in a drawer or a linen closet shelf or anywhere else you might stash over-the-counter and prescription drugs, take the time to peer at those tiny dates stamped on bottles and jars—they are difficult to read but important to check.

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About The Author

Andrew Mersmann's picture

Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Out With the Old (Part II)

Usually, people make resolutions because they want to change some thing or things in their lives. They are unhappy with something OR they want to achieve something … or both.

The idea of change often comes bundled with the thought, “Out with the old and in with the new!”

Getting to “stuff equilibrium” is actually the goal.

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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.

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random piles of books
04/02/2019
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
4-wheel drive car completely covered in mud
03/26/2019
We think we got to all the nooks and crannies of home, maybe even yard and garden…if we are overachievers we even cleared out desk drawers at work (how many dang salt packets, sporks, and sets of... read more
hand holding soil and small seedling
03/31/2016
Finally, the hard freeze of the ground is behind (for most of us) and thoughts return to sun-dappled outdoor afternoons. If you’ve got your own swathe of greenspace in a yard or garden, there are... read more
wet basin drain with water droplets all around
03/03/2016
by Dr. Karen Lee | The Green Divas It’s never fun to unclog bathroom drains… My bathtub was semi-clogged recently. I hate having sloshing water at my feet when I am in the shower. (Who doesn't... read more
neatly folded sweaters in a stack
03/30/2015
Hi Evox Community, So, how did your list making go ? Did it provide a space to access what works and what, maybe not so much? Well, I hope it was a great starting point...and now we are... read more
tite card: Spring Clean Your Home Office with blurred computer behind
03/24/2015
With the season of Spring having now sprung, I’m going to show you how I Spring Cleaned my home office. If you are fortunate enough to work from home, you likely have a home office, and you likely... read more
spring cleaning supplies and cloths
03/22/2015
Each year, coming into Spring, I pick a weekend to dedicate to spring cleaning and changing my closets. The secret to getting it done in one weekend is to prepare well beforehand, in just ten-to-... read more
crowded closet filled with tons of clothes
03/18/2015
Here are 11 simple and practical tips, tools, and guidelines for organizing your clothes and closets. 1) Edit your wardrobe. Really. As in other areas of life, more isn’t better if the volume... read more
man's hand outstretched filled withe prescription pills and tablets
03/17/2015
As you’re moving couches around to capture stray dust bunnies and putting new shelf liner in the pantry and all those other annual oddities my mother never taught me…an area in your home that is... read more

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random piles of books
04/02/2019
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
4-wheel drive car completely covered in mud
03/26/2019
We think we got to all the nooks and crannies of home, maybe even yard and garden…if we are overachievers we even cleared out desk drawers at work (how many dang salt packets, sporks, and sets of... read more
hand holding soil and small seedling
03/31/2016
Finally, the hard freeze of the ground is behind (for most of us) and thoughts return to sun-dappled outdoor afternoons. If you’ve got your own swathe of greenspace in a yard or garden, there are... read more
wet basin drain with water droplets all around
03/03/2016
by Dr. Karen Lee | The Green Divas It’s never fun to unclog bathroom drains… My bathtub was semi-clogged recently. I hate having sloshing water at my feet when I am in the shower. (Who doesn't... read more
neatly folded sweaters in a stack
03/30/2015
Hi Evox Community, So, how did your list making go ? Did it provide a space to access what works and what, maybe not so much? Well, I hope it was a great starting point...and now we are... read more
tite card: Spring Clean Your Home Office with blurred computer behind
03/24/2015
With the season of Spring having now sprung, I’m going to show you how I Spring Cleaned my home office. If you are fortunate enough to work from home, you likely have a home office, and you likely... read more
spring cleaning supplies and cloths
03/22/2015
Each year, coming into Spring, I pick a weekend to dedicate to spring cleaning and changing my closets. The secret to getting it done in one weekend is to prepare well beforehand, in just ten-to-... read more
crowded closet filled with tons of clothes
03/18/2015
Here are 11 simple and practical tips, tools, and guidelines for organizing your clothes and closets. 1) Edit your wardrobe. Really. As in other areas of life, more isn’t better if the volume... read more
man's hand outstretched filled withe prescription pills and tablets
03/17/2015
As you’re moving couches around to capture stray dust bunnies and putting new shelf liner in the pantry and all those other annual oddities my mother never taught me…an area in your home that is... read more

Pages