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Andrew Mellen
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The Most Organized Man in America
The Most Organized Man in America

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When working 130 hours a week becomes a badge of pride, I think we need to reexamine what makes us proud.

I’m all for hard work and showing up. But I can’t believe that our highest good is all about amassing wealth at any cost. To our relationships, our friends, our family and our planet.

It’s one thing to be hunched over a microscope teasing out a cure for a deadly disease—it’s another to be sitting in a boardroom making 1000x more than your employees with bags under your eyes. What do we want to be the new normal—a quality life of meaning or a deadly race to the grave accumulating as much crap as we can to impress our neighbors? Is there even a contest? #MindfulMonday


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If you look around your home or office and are avoiding piles of clutter because you can’t take care of it all at once, you’re only making matters worse. Those piles are going to stay right where they are and they will NOT get any smaller without taking action, even a little action.

Don’t fool yourself that only big efforts make progress. Every step forward is a step toward simplicity and away from clutter and disorganization. Delaying and doing nothing is not the answer. Do a little bit at a time and you will set yourself free. #MindfulMonday


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Nothing will happen until we get off the sidelines and move into action. Thank you, Shirley Chisholm, for showing us how it can be done with integrity, grace and a spine of steel. Whether you’re facing a pile of papers or a political situation you cannot bear, Ms. Chisholm demonstrated that one step, one breath at a time, no obstacle was too big to be overcome. Channel your inner Shirley and step up. What you want can be yours if you are willing to work for it, particularly when you’re on the side of justice and compassion.


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Happy Spring, #Portland! The sun is out and it’s a perfect time to jump into #springcleaning. Join me and my friends at Elder Hall tonight, Thursday, for some delicious food and real talk about #clutter, #disorganization and some quick easy ways to turn it around. Then on Saturday, we’ve got a 3-hour workshop with lunch!

We’ll take a deeper dig, explore super simple strategies and guarantee you’ll head home with a clear action plan. Whatever your challenges, you’ll get the answers you need to completely streamline your home or office. http://ow.ly/rYW230abscL

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Looking for someone or something to blame is a waste of time. Sh*t happens and we’ve got to deal with it. HOW you deal with it determines your success. We could all take a lesson from Amy Krouse Rosenthal -- check out her Modern Love column for The NY Times.

Take responsibility, suit up, step up and you will get results -- they may take longer and look different than you imagined, but all you get from blame is resentment and frustration. Seems an easy choice. #MindfulMonday


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Inner peace will never be found in your relationships with material things or the external world. The Buddha says it’s an inside job. Let’s take him at his word and sit still for even a few minutes. Peace in every moment IS possible as long as we remember to breathe and let go. It’s surprising simple if not always easy.


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#JamesBaldwin inspires us to face our challenges so we can change things for the better. What have you been avoiding that you would “rather not” deal with? We both know that whatever it is is NOT going away. And not facing it only leads to more stress, frustration and exhaustion. Set a timer for 15 minutes and “eat a frog” today.


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It takes more energy to start something than to maintain something. Instead of ramping up all that effort to get organized over and over, treat organization as a practice. Just 10 minutes a day putting stuff back in its home will not only change your day, but your life. Imagine how much more free time you’ll have by making this one small shift. Finally break the pattern of starting and stopping and winning and losing. Boom!

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Do not be surprised when things get bigger before they get better. When it comes to getting organized, you must be kind and patient with yourself and the process. That doesn’t mean you don’t do something, it means you don’t rush or bail on yourself when it starts to become difficult.



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Hey neighbors! I’m back +New York Open Center Center for a series of Breaking Free of Clutter classes. Learn to tackle every clutter “hot spot” and in 4 weeks—you’ll have the tools and resources you need to set yourself free from clutter and disorganization for good.

Don't miss tonight’s free intro at 8:00pm. Get inspired and ready to tackle the unmanageable!
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