Saturday, July 25, 2009
Book Review - Throw Out Fifty Things
I just finished reading "Throw Out Fifty Things - Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life" by Gail Blanke. I enjoyed reading this book because the author writes in a very down-to-earth style that's sure to appeal to any reader. She incorporates her own personal experiences in dealing with her own clutter - something most organizing authors never do. You really feel like you can relate to her which is important when trying to handle your own clutter issues.
Ms. Blanke has some creative ideas for dealing with items you're ready to part with - like holding a clothes swap with friends or having a neighborhood yard sale. Getting others involved in paring down is helpful as this is something everyone needs to do at one time or another. If you feel like you're not decluttering alone, you're much more likely to keep it up.
Throughout the book, the author keeps a running total of the items she's giving away. She counts each type of item (jewelry, books, shoes) as one item but at the end of the book, she's given away over 41 types of items.
She also has a website - throwoutfiftythings.com where you can keep track of your progress. At the back of the book is a wonderful Resource Guide with websites you can visit that handle just about any kind of donation from bicycles to building materials to electronics.