Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life

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"Our lives are so filled with junk from the past-from dried up tubes of glue to old grudges-that it's a wonder we can get up in the morning," exclaims motivator, best-selling author, columnist, and life coach Gail Blanke.

"If you want to grow, you gotta let go," is Blanke's mantra; and that means eliminating all the clutter-physical and emotional-that holds you back, weighs you down, or just makes you feel bad about yourself.

In THROW OUT FIFTY THINGS she takes us through each room of the house-from the attic to ...

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Overview

"Our lives are so filled with junk from the past-from dried up tubes of glue to old grudges-that it's a wonder we can get up in the morning," exclaims motivator, best-selling author, columnist, and life coach Gail Blanke.

"If you want to grow, you gotta let go," is Blanke's mantra; and that means eliminating all the clutter-physical and emotional-that holds you back, weighs you down, or just makes you feel bad about yourself.

In THROW OUT FIFTY THINGS she takes us through each room of the house-from the attic to the garage-and even to the far reaches of our minds. Through poignant and humorous stories, she inspires us to get rid of the "life plaque" we've allowed to build-up there.


  • That junk drawer (you know that drawer) in the kitchen? Empty it!
  • Those old regrets? Throw 'em out!
  • That make-up from your "old" look? Toss it!
  • That relationship that depresses you? Dump it!




Once you've hit fifty-you'll be surprised how easy it is to get there-and once you've thrown out that too-tight belt and too-small view of yourself, you'll be ready to step out into the clearing and into the next, and greatest, segment of your life.
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Editorial Reviews

Marianne Williamson
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.
author of A RETURN TO LOVE
Linda Fairstein
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.
bestselling author of LETHAL LEGACY
Peter Loescher
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.
President & CEO or Siemens AG
Peter Loescher - President & CEO or Siemens AG
"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."
Linda Fairstein - bestselling author of LETHAL LEGACY
"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."
author of Passages and Sex and the Seasoned Woman - Gail Sheehy
"Gail Blanke's strength is her ability to illuminate simple acts that save time, money and many headaches, in a clear commonsense language. And that's exactly what this book does-in spades."
Journalist and Television Producer - Linda Ellerbee
"Everybody needs to throw out at least fifty things. Just make sure this book isn't one of them!"
Marianne Williamson - author of A RETURN TO LOVE
"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."
From the Publisher
"Gail Blanke's strength is her ability to illuminate simple acts that save time, money and many headaches, in a clear commonsense language. And that's exactly what this book does-in spades."—author of Passages and Sex and the Seasoned Woman, Gail Sheehy

"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

Publishers Weekly

Blanke (Between Trapezes), a motivational speaker and former columnist for Real Simple, shovels aside detritus to make space for cleaner rooms and clearer minds. She challenges readers to follow her example in discarding 50 things; tossed items range from old clothes to "the need to be right." The author's suggestions range from the humble ("Have a swap party for your outgrown clothes") to the ambitious ("Clarify who you are"), and her scope and environmentally conscious mind-set make the book a rousing call to total transformation-one mismatched sock at a time. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

What better way to start the New Year than to get rid of the old and start anew? Popular blogger Babauta (ZenHabits.net) advises readers to identify the essential and eliminate the rest, while life coach Blanke (Between Trapezes) cuts to the chase, ordering her audience to empty that stuffed kitchen drawer. What distinguishes Blanke's book is her advice to let go of not only stuff but also regrets, ideas about one's personality type, and the need to be liked by everyone. Babauta, too, advocates five-sentence emails and single-tasking for clearing away mental clutter. Both worthwhile purchases are heartily recommended.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446505789
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 181,536
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Blanke is a world-class motivator and is president and chief executive of Lifedesigns, a company whose vision is to empower men and women to live truly exceptional lives. She has been "The Motivator" columnist in Real Simple magazine, is a contributor to Body+Soul, a Martha Stewart publication, and appears regularly on CBS 2 Sunday Morning. Gail has written three other books, including Between Trapezes and In My Wildest Dreams, a New York Times bestseller. Gail and her husband, Jim Cusick, have two daughters, Kate and Abigail, and live in New York City. You're invited to visit Gail on www.throwoutfiftythings.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xv

Fueling the Urge to Purge xxii

Making It to Fifty xxiv

Getting Started xxvi

Part 1 Getting Rid of the Physical Stuff

Chapter 1 Your Bedroom 3

Chapter 2 Your Bathroom 7

Chapter 3 Your Kitchen 28

Chapter 4 Your Living Room 40

Chapter 5 Your Dining Room 50

Chapter 6 Your Attic 58

Chapter 7 Your Garage 69

Part 2 Your Office: Paring Down the Professional Clutter

Chapter 8 Clarifying Your Brand 85

Chapter 9 Keeping What Works, Eliminating What Doesn't 97

Chapter 10 The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes 107

Part 3 Attacking the Mental Mess

If You Think you Can Separate the Physical from the Mental Clutter, Forget About It! 112

Chapter 11 Letting Go of Feeling Inadequate, Irrelevant, and Just Plain Not Good Enough 119

Chapter 12 Letting Go of the Type of Person You Think You Are-or Aren't 127

Chapter 13 Letting Go of the Regrets and Mistakes of the Past 137

Chapter 14 Letting Go of Being Right About How Wrong Everybody and Everything Is 148

Chapter 15 Letting Go of the Need to Have Everyone Like You 159

Chapter 16 Letting Go of Thinking the Worst 169

Chapter 17 Letting Go of Waiting for the Right Moment 181

Chapter 18 Letting Go of Needing to Feel Secure 190

Chapter 19 Letting Go of Thinking That You Have to Do Everything Yourself 197

Chapter 20 Making It to Fifty: The Celebration 208

Part 4 Stepping into the Clearing

Chapter 21 Your Vision for the Future 213

Chapter 22 Taking Energy from Your Denning Moments 223

Chapter 23 Being Unforgettable 232

Chapter 24 Find Your Song-and Sing It! 241

Chapter 25 Your Declaration to the World 248

Appendix: Your Throw-Outs 249

Resource Guide 253

Index 261

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

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    Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, and Find Your Life by Gail Blanke

    I was very excited to read "Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life" by Gail Blanke. If you could see my house, and especially my 'reading room/office', you would understand immediately. I have such a hard time getting rid of 'stuff'. I have clothes in my closet that I bought three years ago that still have the tags because I haven't yet worn them...but can I throw them out? Uh, NO! Why? Well, duh...because I haven't worn them yet! If you don't understand that, then you are likely an organized kind of person that I love to envy.<BR/><BR/>I found this book very clear and the 'system' incredibly simple. Each chapter covers a different area/room in your house (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc) and the author provides advice and suggestions (if not outright orders) for what types of things you should consider in each of the rooms. There are even very informative 'box' suggestions in each chapter with data on recycling, donating, tag sales, swapping, hazardous waste removal, etc. And a handy resource section at the end provides websites and/or contact information by type of item. That's the good news about the book.<BR/><BR/>The only downside (for me) was that the constant 'cheering' and 'philosophizing' tended to wear on me. In that regard, I think I would have been more pleased with the audio book version...but then I wouldn't have gotten all the handy charts in the book! So, if soul-searching and imperatives don't drive you batty, then "Throw Out Fifty Things" may be just the ticket to help you clear out those things you really don't need. As for me? Well...let's just say I didn't quite make it to fifty.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    I'm only on 10

    I read the book through first and then went back and am attacking my clutter one item at a time. Read it in the a.m. and apply what you learn throughout the day. its a free feeling to clean up you life!

    This is an umcomplacated and easy read but carries a big message.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    Throw Out 50 Things is FABULOUS!!!

    This is the greatest organizational book! I've recommended it to everyone I know. Gail puts her personal trials of holding onto things, the feelings and emotions involved, then tells you how to let go. She hits each room with practical advice. Super easy to read and the instructions are easy to follow.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Motivational and Organized Logically

    I found the book to be motivating. I am organized as a person. However, I used the book as a tool to work on my deceased father's home where there were many memories attached to "things".

    The tips and exercises gave me the strength to throw out things as opposed to trying to sell them where their would be memories for some people. I was able to unload many thinggs and clothing to charity.

    Again I stress the book was upbeat and motivational for me.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Life Changing

    Finally a book that worked for me. Cutting clutter has always been a challenge. This book breaks it down room by room with a common sense approach to what to keep and what to toss (or donate). Worked for me. Day one I read 60 pages and got rid of 48 things that were just filling space unnecessarily. Great book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Very Worthwhile Read

    I enjoyed this book, not just for its going through room by room but especially for its approach to mental and emotional clutter!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

    I loved this book!

    My husband asked me why I have changed my ways after 20 years, this book is it. I am going to have my kids read it next, never too early to learn the lessons this book teaches!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Great advice

    Psychological take on needing to clean...insightful.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Fantastic!

    If you have too much clutter and can't seem to part with any of it, this is the book for you. The author gives detailed advice on how to part with things and how to move on with your life. A great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Eliminate clutter, in your house and in your heart

    A surprisingly good example of the genre. The author uses examples from her own life to introduce or illustrate her points. She urges us to unclutter our lives, not just eliminating the possessions that we don't need, but also the regrets, heartbreaks, etc. that we may hang onto that keep us mired in the past. The combination is very helpful, and this short book was a valuable tool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    I had seen the buzz about this book on my blogs this summer, and

    I had seen the buzz about this book on my blogs this summer, and I remembered adding it to my list on the library website. But I wasn't sure what I would think of the book. I have read so many clutter books, and I figured this one wouldn't be any different.

    Was I ever wrong! How refreshing it was to read about a lady who actually struggled and still struggles with the various things she writes in this book. She has organizational issues. It was amazing to have her &quot;throw out&quot; the things even as she wrote the book.

    I think the interesting sections of the book really dealt with mental clutter and making your life the kind of life you really want. She had some great things to say about those issues, and I would highly recommend that everyone checks out those sections specifically.

    I definitely give this book a five star rating. If you have have read those other organizational and housekeeping books, throw them out and get a copy of this book! And apply it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Throw out Fifty Things...

    This book will help you do this immediately! Not only clutter in front of you, but also clutter within youself! A must read !!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    Read this and start tossing

    This little book is great if you need to find a starting place with clearing out clutter. It provides great direction, leaving no stone unturned.

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