My organizing tip for today is a book review for you. I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Throw Out Fifty Things – Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life by Gail Blanke.
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I enjoyed it so much, I listened to it twice through. I always love it when a book makes you think enough that you have to re-read it. This one does.
It ended up being a lot different than I expected. It isn’t just about decluttering your house, although that’s a big part of it. But it’s also about throwing out old attitudes, limiting beliefs, old regrets, and perceived inadequacies. To me, that made it really great.
The title is a bit deceptive also. I thought hey, just throwing out fifty things sounded like a piece of cake. But what they don’t tell you is that each TYPE of thing only counts as one. So if you declutter five sweaters, four old lipsticks and a whole box of books, that only counts as three things. So that makes it a lot more challenging than I thought it would be.
I like Gail’s manner. She is fun and breezy, which keeps the book moving quickly. But she also makes some good points about why these techniques are going to help your life move forward. Especially getting rid of your negative attitudes. I think we ALL need help with that.
She also has some great examples from her own coaching practice and the other books she has written. She’s something of a life-change expert. She’s written several other books and a regular column for Self Magazine.
Even if you are pretty good at the decluttering business, I think it is always helpful to have a refresher to kind of keep you on track. I haven’t quite gotten to Fifty Things on my own list, but I’m getting a good start on it.
Give it a shot and see if you can find your own Throw Out Fifty Things!