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 book really made me rethink a lot of things about my house and different areas of my life as well. I followed a lot of her recommendations and made some major improvements in my attitudes.
It reminds me a lot of the newer book – Girl Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis. We are SO hard on ourselves! Sometimes we just need that reminder to re-evaluate our stuff, our schedule, our relationships, and all the things in our lives that are holding us back and dragging us down. This book gives you a great opportunity to rethink these things and make some new choices.
Throw Out Fifty Things – Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life.
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 for anyone with a messy house or overwhelming house shame. 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!