Throw Out Fifty Things, by Gail Blanke

Cover ImageFinished 5-31-09, rating 2.5/5, organization/self-help, pub. 2009

Because you’re free and clear now, because you know who you are and what you stand for, because your energy and spirit are renewed, because you have gifts to give and the courage to give them, it’s time to make your declaration to the world.  It’s time for you to come forward, without waiting to be invited, and state your purpose.

Chapter 25

The subtitle of this book is Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life.  The author goes through your house, room by room, and tells you where and how to find things that can be thrown away, given away or sold.  Emotions. positive and negative, can be linked to the stuff we keep and you want to keep only the stuff that brings you happiness and represents who you are right now.

The second half of the book all deals with the emotional clutter.  Letting go of regrets, letting go of thinking the worst, and letting go of the need to feel secure are just a few of the kinds of chapters you’ll find.  They are filled with stories of people who the author has helped.  And there are lots of stories.

From the title of the book and the fact that I found it in the organization section of the library I was expecting something different that what I got.  The early sections that dealt with actual, physical things was good, even if maybe there were a few too many stories.  I liked the some of the tips and found them helpful.  But the second half was a complete self-help book urging you to change yourself for the better.  Needless to say this optimistic cheerleading was not why I was reading the book and I didn’t like it at all.  It’s almost like she ran out of actual organization ideas and decided to make the second half a motivational speech.

There are many organization books out there better than this one.  If you are looking to change your life then maybe you will enjoy this book more than I did.

Since there are lots of book lovers out there I am going to include one thing from the book I really appreciated. is a way for you to clear out old books and ship them to the men and women protecting our country.  I haven’t done it yet, but plan on seeing what I can do in the near future.  You should check it out too.


4 thoughts on “Throw Out Fifty Things, by Gail Blanke

  1. bermudaonion says:

    I think I need this book! Thanks for the link for Books for Soldiers – I think that’s a fantastic idea!

    I’m glad my lukewarm review didn’t scare you off!

  2. The old roomate says:

    My motivational book will feature vignettes about difficult, systemic challenges that were attacked by clever and enthusiastic people with creative, robust, resource-leveraged solutions and the resulting catastrophes. It will be titled “Nothing Ever Gets Fixed, Nothing Ever Goes Away” and it will include organizational paradigms largely centered on lighter-fluid-based strategies.

    Oscar T. Grouch

    Oscar, thank you for stopping by. I see that you have taken my review to heart.

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