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.
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?
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,