How did he get to be

“The Most Organized Man in America?

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Who is Andrew Mellen?

That is an excellent question 🙂

Hi there—this is Andrew. I’m going to take control from the tech team and talk to you myself here. Let’s start with some basic facts:  I grew up in and around Detroit, Michigan. I bounced around several suburbs until I graduated from Troy High School.

Then I moved to the Upper Peninsula where I attended Northern Michigan University. If you’ve never been to the U.P., you really should visit. I’ve been to many parts of the world and Lake Superior and the north woods are pretty special.

Anyway, it took me 6 years to graduate—partly because I spent some time playing drums in several local bands and spent a semester interning at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. And partly because I couldn’t really get it together to graduate. See, I wasn’t always the most organized man in America!

One of my professors bet me $50 that I wouldn’t graduate at the end of my sixth year and I just couldn’t let him win—that should give you some insight into who I am.

So diploma in hand, I moved back to Detroit and started working as an actor. I did commercials, plays and had a small roll in the film, “The Untouchables.” I sat behind Patricia Clarkson in the courtroom for 3 days. No, she won’t remember me.

I also toured the U.S. living on a school bus performing improvisational theater in prisons—those are some good stories! I worked in the theater for 20 years. I went from acting to directing pretty quickly and then starting running organizations in addition to making art.

I ran a theater company in NYC, an award-winning art center in D.C., and another theater in Seattle. I liked being the boss and I also liked not having to audition. Then I got laid off. So I headed back east to co-produce an awards ceremony at The Kennedy Center.

And that job was the unexpected catalyst for the work I do now.

I never thought I’d be a professional organizer, and truth told, organizing is the least of what I do at this point. I solve problems now more than anything else. And coach my clients. No offense to my colleagues (or monkeys), but a really smart chimp could probably arrange all the clothes in a closet from light to dark. And even more to the point, as much as I like nice things, and I do, I don’t really give a sh*t about stuff.

Which doesn’t mean that I won’t treat your stuff with respect.

What I mean is that stuff is not what we should be spending our precious time focusing on.

So while I can make you a pretty pantry with fancy labels on it, I’d much rather help you solve whatever problems are keeping you from living an amazing f**king life beyond your wildest dreams. Doesn’t that sound better than a perfectly organized linen closet?

I mean, a tidy linen closet is great—I have one. But an amazing life is a lot better than a tidy closet.

So I’m a bit of an outlier in my industry.

I am passionate about life—mine and yours—and about making an impact. I believe we get one chance to be here and I don’t want to waste a minute of it, because I don’t know when it will end.

I love solving problems and finding the quickest route to any solution. Doing that for other people, both my clients and my friends and family, makes me very happy. And I’m really good at it.

I am incredibly tenacious and have ridiculous stamina so I can usually wear down just about any problem—I don’t often take no for an answer.

You should probably also know that I’m an introvert.

Yes, I know, I was an actor. I am very comfortable on a stage but crowds do not recharge me—they drain me. I’ll be super friendly if we meet in public but after a while I will crave being alone and resting and recharging.

So that’s some stuff about me.

The other stuff, the fact that I’m one of the pioneers of professional organizing, and that I travel the world speaking and teaching, is also relevant. And I’ve worked with some amazing clients, including the NY Mets, biotech giant Genentech, American Express, Time, Inc. and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Really. It still blows me away that I got to work with the conservation department at The Met!

Here’s what I know—stuff is very useful AND gives exactly zero f**ks about us. It’s inanimate.

So spending any more time than you need to with a thing that doesn’t love you back seems not only silly but counterproductive and possibly even self-destructive. I’m on a mission to bring this message to as many people as I can.

You can think I’m crazy or stupid … you wouldn’t be the first … but I’m still going to do it.

I think the world looks the way it does today because we make sh*tty choices, focusing way to much on our comfort and not enough on our values.

So I’d like to help change that as well. If you don’t have the basic needs taken care of, comfort is important. No one should be hungry or living in a cardboard box unless they want to be.

For the rest of us, comfort is a fool’s errand—because we’re already comfortable. So what do you want to spend your time doing? THAT’S what I want to help you do. That’s what excites me.

Because a world where everyone is engaged in activities and relationships that matter to them is a rich, robust and diverse world.

And that’s where I’d like to live.

If you’d like me to help you achieve those goals, click on the button below and we’ll jump on a call.

Then we can change the world together—and in the process, you’ll also end up completely organized and with more time on your hands than you ever thought possible. Sounds pretty good to me … how about you?
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I’m Andrew Mellen and I know a thing or two about organizing and project management.

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I’ve directed and/or produced over 50 plays in my last career and in the past 24 years I’ve supervised entire home renovations, major relocations, destination celebrations, and complete reorganizations of companies …
All using the same project management system I’d like to share with you.
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I love taking things apart to see how they work and then I love putting them back together—faster, better, and stronger.
I also love movies. And a friend of mine edited this great film about the Dalai Lama called, Compassion in Exile, and in it, you learn that His Holiness loves to tinker with watches and clocks.
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And he laughs and laughs when he admits that they don’t always go back together the way they were before he started working on them …
Since you’re not likely the 14th incarnation of a spiritual and political leader of an exhiled people, it’s super important that the things YOU work on get put together correctly … the first time.
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So much of my work is about solving a puzzle—looking for things that have a relationship, and then strengthening those relationships to create greater harmony AND less friction …
And the same holds true for the coaching work that I do.
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I’m going to risk sounding ridiculous and a little bit woo-woo and share with you that my work feels like a divine mash up of channeled Source (or collective unconscious) inspiration coupled with precise math-based logic and practical solutions—that’s how I would describe my secret sauce.
And it works.
Meaning I get predictable, reliable results in my own life, in my business, and for my clients.
If you want those kinds of results, too—let’s work together.
I’d love to support you in cracking YOUR code so you have a system you can rely on—regardless of how you feel in any given moment.
Nothing makes me happier than helping other people solve problems that used to confound them. To see the lightbulb go on behind someone’s eyes when they have that Aha moment and everything falls together is … sublime.
It’s right up there with snorkeling, spending time laughing with close friends and family, exploring far-flung destinations … and a really good nap.
That’s a little bit about me … now how can I help you?

These Are Our Company's Values


We lead with our hearts, then our brains.
Yes, this is a business but people and kindness come first.


Taking care of you while maintaining healthy boundaries means you are usually delighted—which of course delights us.


What we've learned the hard way is that nothing is perfect BUT everyone can achieve excellence.
Enough said.


If we can't laugh together at the absurdity of life and the silly choices we all make sometimes, then we've got a bigger problem than clutter!


We are maniacal about finding the quickest, most elegant and functional solution to any problem ... which if often the simplest solution as well.


Mindfulness gets a lot of press these days but it's really just paying attention.
Isn't that always a good idea?

Meet The Team



A man with a dream, tilting at windmills, trying to make a difference in the world. Born and raised in Detroit, he’s delighted that his team is grounded in midwestern values while wielding big city skills.


In addition to running her own growing business, Your Other Half, Alice serves as an advisor for AMI, focusing on strategic growth, impact expansion and everything HR-related. She loves helping small businesses thrive and finds a particular alignment with Andrew’s theme of “more love, less stuff!”

Kevin Smith


After a long and illustrious finance career as an executive with a Fortune 500 company, Kevin retired at the relatively early age of 51. After a wake-up call, he felt drawn to align his passion and values and began working with purpose-driven entrepreneurs to accelerate their results and and create richer, more fulfilling lives. He’s delighted to now be doing that with Andrew. P.S. Kevin is from Ohio.


Kelly has been Andrew’s Executive Assistant and right hand gal since 2018. She lives in Ohio with her husband and children and enjoys helping business owners stay organized, assisting them with their many responsibilities.


Charisse is our resident Content Oracle and Strategist, overseeing her team of Content Alchemists in the creation of AMI’s blog and social posts. As founding Queen of Claim Your Message and Content Agency, she’s supported executives and entrepreneurs to tell their stories, share their gifts, and attract the clients, community, and opportunities they desire through the power of words.

Penny Stoffel


Over the past 30 years, Penny has worked as a Market Research Analyst, Consultant, Stay-At-Home-Mom of 4, and an elementary school teacher. Through her diverse experience, and raising four very active children, the one thing that has stayed constant is her need and desire to remain organized. Working with Andrew allows her to help others do just that as well.

Professional Affiliations



We believe in giving back.
When you support us, you’re also helping fight homelessness and hunger.
No one should be without shelter or go hungry.
Thanks to you, our efforts are going even further.

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, feeding the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are food-insecure.


American Red Cross provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States.


Covenant House has helped transform and save the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway and trafficked young people.


Housing Works fights to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention, and treatment, among other lifesaving services.


Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across the United States. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.


American Veterans, is a volunteer-led organization formed by World War II veterans of the U.S. military. It advocates for its members and causes that its members deem helpful to the nation at large.


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