UnStuff America! Podcast
By Andrew Mellen
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Clutter, disorganization and too much stuff are choking America and enslaving our citizens. We’re told that consumer confidence is the key to a robust economy but many of us rack up devastating debt while others are caught in a dead-end struggle trying to stay afloat. More stuff is not the answer. We could blame big business and government for laying the perfect trap, but buyer (or consumer) beware. Take personal responsibility AND set yourself free. Then use your freedom to radically influence the national debate on every level. Don’t drain the swamp, Unstuff America!
||Explicit#44 Happy Birthday, America + 1st anniversary of USA Podcast, wasted resources and letting go||The USA Podcast is 1 year old today. It's been an amazing year and this is the last episode of the podcast in its current form. Andrew discusses what he's learned and shares his vision for the future -- an America that is inclusive and protective of its||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#43 Michael Green discusses his daily routine, stuff discordance at home and makes a surprising commitment on air||Michael Green is an experience engineer, using food, wine and travel to create experiences for clients and audiences around the world. He credits his success to his love of people AND his drive and flexibility. He's created lasting routines to ensure h||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#42 Kathleen Ronald on accountability, self-esteem and networking without clutter||Kathleen Ronald has been called the "Queen of Networking," and she has figured out simple, effective ways to bring value to every conversation without cluttering up her life or others' lives. Here are her tips for successful networking without dragging||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#41 Simplifying hiring and working with multi-generational employees Part 3||Part 3 of a 3-part series on simplifying the process of hiring and working with multi-generational employees. In this episode, Andrew and co-host Debe Black share their conclusions including 7 best practices gleaned from their personal experience. They||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#40 Simplifying hiring and working with multi-generational employees, Part 2||Part 2 of a 3-part series on simplifying the process of hiring and working with multi-generational employees. In this episode, Andrew and co-host Debe Black discuss non-negotiables, intangibles including personality traits, as well as getting the clutt||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#39 Simplifying hiring and working with multi-generational employees, Part 1||This is part 1 of a 3-part series on simplifying the process of hiring and working with multi-generational employees. In this episode, Andrew and co-host Debe Black discuss the current challenges they are facing, including the hiring process as well as||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#38 Michelle Battista chooses "now" instead of "not yet" at home and work||Michelle Battista says she learned at an early age to figure out what mattered to her. Growing up in a small town taught her self-reliance and that waiting for something to happen might mean waiting forever. Today she blends her love for food and design||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#37 Why do you want to get organized now?||Why do you want to get organized? That’s not a rhetorical question. Why? Why now? Has something happened recently that has is motivating you? Or are you waking up from a winter slumber? Do you have to move? Has a loved one died? Or is this just your m||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#36 Glass half empty or glass half full||Do you typically see the glass half empty or half full? Do you see the obstacle or the opportunity? Your mindset is the most powerful tool you have when it comes to simplifying your life. When something unexpected comes up, do you fold or do you double||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#33 Focus on small changes + love something that matters suggests Courtney Carver||Courtney Carver is the founder of bemorewithless.com and minimalist fashion challenge Project 333. She joined the show from her home in Salt Lake City where she went from a 2,000 SF house and tons of debt to a 900 SF apartment debt- and stress-free. Cou||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#31 Uncluttered communication—no is a complete sentence and other mindset shifts||Many people find direct communication challenging. They are afraid that saying what they want will upset others and they will be viewed as selfish, mean or indifferent. What other people think of you is none of your business—which doesn’t give you l||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#30 What are you waiting for? Give yourself permission and stop waiting for inspiration||If you find yourself waiting for the perfect moment to begin a project or take an action, you may be waiting a very long time. Now is the perfect time to begin anything you’ve been deferring action on. You don’t need anyone else to give your permiss||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#29 Multitasking doesn't exist ... even if you think it's your superpower||Multitasking doesn’t exist – it’s one of the 200 lies you tell each day*. You can do things sequentially but you can’t do them simultaneously. All you need to remember is that you can’t bake a cake and perform open heart surgery at the exact s||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#28 Reverend angel Kyodo Williams talks about totems, tokens and always coming from a seat of love||Clutter, disorganization and too much stuff are choking America and enslaving our citizens. We’re told that consumer confidence is the key to a robust economy but many of us rack up devastating debt while others are caught in a dead-end struggle tryin||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#27 Jacqueline Green shares her tips and hacks on going from disaster to master with debt, divorce and parenting||Clutter, disorganization and too much stuff are choking America and enslaving our citizens. We’re told that consumer confidence is the key to a robust economy but many of us rack up devastating debt while others are caught in a dead-end struggle tryin||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#26 Living without regret every day||Clutter, disorganization and too much stuff are choking America and enslaving our citizens. We’re told that consumer confidence is the key to a robust economy but many of us rack up devastating debt while others are caught in a dead-end struggle tryin||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBest of UnStuff America: How faith and freedom turned around Dee Marshall's relationship with stuff||Enjoy this popular replay as you begin the new year with Dee C. Marshall, an international speaker, author and coach. Dee shares her "aha" moment that came when it was time to downsize. She speaks passionately and frankly about her journey from clutter||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBest of UnStuff America: Stuff discordance, simplicity and mindfulness with Susan Piver||Enjoy this popular replay for the holiday season featuring New York Times bestselling author, meditation teacher and founder of Open Heart Project, Susan Piver. Listen in to learn how Susan faces stuff discordance in her everyday life and her simple||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#25 Ho Ho Holidays and a loving invitation to shift the culture from rushing, shopping and consuming to slowing down and loving||Andrew Mellen invites us all to look at obligatory gift giving and our expectations around the holidays. What would it take to interrupt the constant barrage of messages driving us to shop and race around trying to make merry? Perhaps it's easier than w||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBest of UnStuff America: Giving back to the community with Vanessa Judelman||Enjoy this popular replay for the holiday season featuring Canadian friend and colleague, Vanessa Judelman, President of Mosaic People Development. Listen in to learn how a busy entrepreneur and mom with two active boys finds time to give back to her c||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#24 The politics behind UnStuff America and our rights and responsibilities to create a country beyond our wildest dreams||Andrew Mellen and Maya D. Haynes discuss the rights and responsibilities of all Americans and the premise behind UnStuff America! If you're too busy moving crap around your home, work or life to participate in the community outside your door, you have t||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23 Richard Lang + Judith Selby Lang discuss how to see the world as an artist while making simple and lasting choices||Since 1999, Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang as a collaborative team have been visiting Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.They have rambled 1000 meters of tideline of this one beach hundreds of times to gather plastic d||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22 Amy Schuber shares how organization influences everything from her podcast to her coaching practice||Amy Schuber is a life and business coach and the host of the Inspired Conversations Podcast. Amy shares how a deadend corporate job and overwhelming fear motivated her to start her own business and launch a popular podcast. As she unstuffed her life, s||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#21 Gerald Torres shares how starting small and being brave are the keys to protecting our planet and unstuffing America.||Professor Gerald Torres, Trustee of the National Resources Defense Council & Board Chair of the Earth Day Network, shares wisdom gained from a lifetime of respect for the earth. Watching his mother make choices about her legacy as well as living in two||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 Sensei Victoria Whitfield shares how a compassionate and relentless pursuit of clarity simplified her life||Sensei Victoria Whitfield talks about unleashing the healing power in everyday acts of kindness and compassion. Victoria’s personal journey from a soul-deadening corporate job to her current incarnation as a healer for entrepreneurs demonstrates how e||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19 Mellini Kantayya shares how a small action can create huge results + tips on living with less in 700 SF||Writer, actor +humorist Mellini Kantayya created a simple survey before leaving on vacation. She came home to find it had gone viral with over 75,000 signatures and national attention. While every action may not create this much buzz, ANY action can. M||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18 How Germany stacks up to the USA around recycling and consumption + productivity and travel hacks from Joseph Paris||It's always great to learn what internationally recognized thought leaders on operational excellence do at home to stay organized and productive. Joseph F. Paris Jr. proves he's not a "do as I say, not as I do" leader as his family adapts to living abr||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 Robert Lee shares his thoughts on food insecurity, the power of small steps + living your passion||Robert Lee is a co-founder and CEO of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. A native of Queens, Robert grew up learning the value of food and saw a gap in how restaurants and the food industry dealt with waste. His 'aha' moment quickly turned into a thriving organ||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16 How self-worth and personal responsibility shape Fabienne Fredrickson's world view and life's mission||Thought leader, business coach and founder of Boldheart, Fabienne Fredrickson talks about awakening the bold heart in each of us to "play a bigger game." She also shares insight into capsule wardrobes and the simple way French women dress well with less||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15 How to wake up, grow up and show up + the surprising consequences of a new desk chair from Ellen Grace O'Brian||Spiritual teacher, poet, writer, and founder of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian shares her passion for waking up, both personally and as a necessity for our communities. An impromptu poetry reading and a surprising||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14 How to bring kindness into every situation and live your values with Nettie Owens||These days, it's easy to see the glass half-empty and focus on problems—so much seems out of joint and fractured right now. Professional and community organizer Nettie Owens has an antidote to the tumult at home and outside: kindness. Listen in to lea||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13 How to tell the difference between urgent and important with distractions everywhere||When the house is literally on fire, urgent and important are in sync. When the house is not on fire, every shiny thing will steal focus and lead you astray if you can not or do not remember what IS important. Everyday, from news media to social media a||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12 How stuff discordance, mindfulness and living open-hearted changed Susan Piver||Do you or someone you live with have opposing views on how to deal with stuff? New York Times bestselling author, meditation teacher and founder of Open Heart Project, Susan Piver faces this challenge at home and she shares the mindful way to live in ha||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11 Why Matt Kresling got rid of his car and his bed + other tips for living well with less||Matt Kresling likes to make stuff—which you can check out here. He also loves books—reading them and giving them away. A current fave is Stoner by John Williams. He also organizes organizers and activists and is passionate about getting money out of||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10 How shopping, staying green and raising a family fits together for Gillian Caldwell||"Family values" is often tossed around as if there were only one kind of family and universal values. Gillian Caldwell, CEO of Global Witness, has traveled the globe with hers, leading campaigns to end the corruption, environmental and human rights abu||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9 How faith and freedom turned around Dee Marshall's relationship with stuff||Everyone who decides to get and stay organized has an "aha" moment. Dee C. Marshall, an international speaker, author and coach, had hers when it was time to downsize. She speaks passionately and frankly about her journey from clutter to control and the||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8 You are not your stuff||Seems simple but too many people are trapped in a faulty mindset that says their stuff defines them. Let’s be clear—your values and your actions define you. You don’t have to worry about being judged—you are being judged and not favorably so why||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7 200 lies a day ... and counting!||The average adult tells and hears 200 lies a day. Rest assured, most of them never leave your head. Still, how are you going to recognize the real fake news when you’re so busy making up a story about why you’re late? The truth will set you free …||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 It's not a bargain if you don't need it||This concept literally got a gasp out of Gayle King when we met at the Oprah Magazine offices. You can't fault people trying to sell you stuff—that's their job. It's your job to stop shopping for anything you can't consume until you're organized and a||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5 Giving back to the community drives leadership coach Vanessa Judelman||The first interview for the podcast features Canadian friend and colleague, Vanessa Judelman, President of Mosaic People Development. Listen in to learn how a busy entrepreneur and mom with two active boys finds time to give back to her community. Vanes||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4 Something In, Something Out||The third leg of The Organizational Triangle® is Something In, Something Out. By being thoughtful anytime you bring something new into your life, you will reduce any future organizing you need to do. Something In, Something Out also has a macro applica||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3 Like With Like ... useful for silverware, not so good for people||The second leg of The Organizational Triangle® is Like With Like. That means all like objects live together. Not some, not most, all. This is great principle when it comes to stuff, to inanimate objects. It's not so useful when it comes to people. Sta||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2 Happy Birthday, America!||I can’t think of a better way to say happy birthday to this great country of ours than to set yourself free. There’s nothing you need to buy America to tell her that you love her. She doesn’t need a gift, at least a gift you can buy—so keep your||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1 Why UnStuff America and what does it mean?||Clutter and poor choices are choking our country and obscuring our values. The only thing trickling down in trickle down economics is the right to create unsecured debt and become a wage slave. Rich or poor, we all complain about having too much stuff a||7/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnStuff America! Kick-off interview||Shann Vander Leek, producer, podcast coach and founder of PodcastBath.com interviews Chief Expert Organizer, speaker, and the best-selling author of “Unstuff Your Life!”, Andrew Mellen about his brand new podcast. Listen in for what you can expect||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Unclutter Your Life!
Andrew addresses America's clutter crisis head on! He dives deep into America's destructuve obession with possession and how that impacts the American Dream. Listen in if you want to stop wasting time and money on things you don't really need.
Insightful and funny
What a fabulous job of getting right to the point. Andrew has a great take on what it really means to make America great again and it definitely isn’t about stuff!
Thought provoking and passionate!
Andrew is thoughtful and passionate about his work and encourages others to get out and make a difference in their homes, businesses and communities! This is a series you must listen to! Way to celebrate America's birthday!