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Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life Paperback – March 23, 2010
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"Whenever I de-clutter my house, it helps de-clutter my mind. Gail Blanke is a perfect guide to getting the non-essentials out of the way, so that simple joys can make their way into our lives."―Marianne Williamson, author of A RETURN TO LOVE
"Everybody needs to throw out at least fifty things. Just make sure this book isn't one of them!"―Journalist and Television Producer, Linda Ellerbee
"Gail Blanke's Throw Out Fifty Things is the perfect roadmap to help you lighten your load. Leave it to a friend like Gail- wise, funny, practical, and so very organized-to empty my closets and clean out my shelves, while soothing the spirit and soul, too. This book is a keeper."―Linda Fairstein, bestselling author of LETHAL LEGACY
"THROW OUT FIFTY THINGS is a refreshing book full of practical tips and helpful insights. The title is the simple principle. Applied at home, in your career, in your mind, or in your business, it helps you get rid of the clutter that blocks success. Perhaps most astounding is how relevant the insights are to leading a business today."―Peter Loescher, President & CEO or Siemens AG
Top Customer Reviews
This is a new approach in that it doesn't just stop there. Gail Blanke, a life coach and internationally known motivational speaker takes you through all four stages in which you release yourself from more and more stuff that really making you feel heavier. Her four parts are: Getting Rid of the Physical Stuff, Your office Pairing Down the Professional Clutter, Attacking Mental Mess, and Stepping into the Clearing. The first two are possessions, the second two stages are getting rid of unwanted mental mess or feelings, labels and poor self image.
Her main slogan throughout Throw Out Fifty Things is: if it doesn't make you feel good, get rid of it. I was a little shocked the first time that she mentioned that you don't need to go on value, worth or purpose, that even if you use it-and yet it makes you cringe, get rid of it! That is different than where I was thinking this all would go. I am very practical, and I have never thought that things that have no purpose should remain to collect dust while things that you use (even if you hate them) should be gotten rid of, but I see the logic in it after reading this book. That you should surround yourself with pleasing environments, places and rooms that you enjoy, that you want to be in, and clothes that you feel good when you wear.Read more ›
The author is a motivational speaker and the book reads like one of her presentations. She's there as your "coach" to get you motivated and takes side trips to tell stories of her friends so that you can relate to her approach.
I breezed through this book because I'm a guy. Why? Because the author starts in the bedroom and her closet. What's she sorting through? Jewelry and shoes. Let's face it, guys can be disorganized but how many pieces of costume jewelry and shoes do they have? Blanke's stores about these issues have little similarity to my life. Next we go to the living room and dining room. Lots of talk about candles and things like that. Breezed through that too. (A also noted by then that very few of her side stories involved men.) When we got to the bathroom and especially the medicine cabinet, she got me!. Okay, no cosmetics to deal with but certainly lots of outdated over the counter drugs and way too many little bottles of shampoo brought home from hotels. I put the book down and headed for the bathroom! Okay, not 50 things (as defined by Blanke) but a start.
I used her techniques for the garage and celler (I have no attic) and the thrift shop will be happier.
The whole section "mental clearing" (personal emotional baggage) belongs, in my opinion in a separate book. It's a psychological issue. So, though I read it, I found it a bit padded.
In summary it's a good book and probably more practical to women than men. But, if like me one chapter motivates you to clean out one space, its still a step in the right direction. Hence, the three stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome book especially for someone who has struggled with a lifetime of disorganization and severe ADD since I was a little girlPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Well written. Good advice but not in a preachy or condescending manner. I like the stories the author relates in how and why we save certain things.Published 5 months ago by Lynn B
This is a good organizing book for a non Christian. The beginning is kinda of hard to relate to for me as a Christian.Published 5 months ago by Vanessa Barrera
Gail Blanke walks you through tossing out actual stuff in your house that you don't need--and that may be a psychic drag, as well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. D. Smith
The book is okay, but really, it's all about a simple concept that could be told in a couple of pages. Read morePublished 8 months ago by NealR2000
I read this book right on the heels of The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. What a RELIEF from that one! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Karen Beth Martin