Book Review: Throw Out Fifty Things

I’m still reading this book, but I thought I’d post a review of Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life by Gail Blanke.  As I mentioned in my New Year’s Resolution post, I have too much stuff!  I like most of my things, but it’s just too much.  It’s getting to the point where I can’t find anything.  When I can’t find things, things I use everyday, then that’s a sign that something MUST BE DONE.

I have a lot of work to do!

One thing I like about the book is Blanke’s no-nonsense, get-it-done style.  I also love her sense of humor.  Before reading this book, most of the advice I’ve read so far is good, but pretty basic.  I already know that I need to get rid of stuff.  I already know about having three different piles: Trash, Give Away/Sell, and Keep. But it’s Blanke’s system that made this process doable for me: throw out 50 things.  That’s it.  Yeah, it sounds easy until you read that 50 things is really 50 categories of things.  For example, 50 pairs of earrings count as ONE thing – not fifty.  A stack of 25 books count as ONE – not twenty-five.

I’m a bit nervous about this.  I have multiples of the same type of items (who doesn’t?).  Will I be able to make it to fifty?  Blanke says that it’s easy once you get into the swing of things.  But that’s one of my problems: Where do I start?
Too. Much. Shit.

I may start in the bedroom.  No, I think I’ll start with my “office” desk (my “office” is actually in the living room).  At least I’ll have a clean workspace to work off of.  Blanke advises a time frame of 2 weeks for each room.  I think I can handle that – once I get started.  I’ll post my progress along the way – that’ll give me a bit of motivation to get this done.  I’ve even downloaded the workbook to jot down my progress.

Do you have too much stuff?  Are you finding it difficult to part with things?  Feel free to share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Throw Out Fifty Things”

  1. I’ve been doing the same thing here. I once heard someone on a radio interview say that “clutter is just a decision that hasn’t been made yet”. That’s stayed in my head for years. I think she was right – you have to either decide to hang onto something or decide to get rid of it. And, its not just physical objects either.

    1. Absolutely true. I’ve given away a bit of stuff, even though I have a LONG ways to go. I’m trying to get rid of stuff as I (slowly, but surely) clean each room of my house. They say that we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. I think this is true for me. Besides, I have all sorts of accessories that I can use to change my outfits – all within reason, of course. 😉

      1. They’re probably right with that estimation. I keep clothing to a minimum though. I live in a few pairs of pants and t-shirts. My wife, on the other hand amasses a collection and then donates regularly. I think this is how she justifies getting more stuff.

        1. Yeah, it’s a slow process but I’ll get there. I know that I will never be a true minimalist, though. Since I dance and perform, I need lots of makeup, props, and costumes on hand.

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