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

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

by Gail Blanke


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446505789
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 375,491
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About 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

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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jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
HeatherBKC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Schmooby-Doo More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, not just for its going through room by room but especially for its approach to mental and emotional clutter!
IsabellaRose More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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 "throw out" 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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Psychological take on needing to clean...insightful.
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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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