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.