Sunday, December 12, 2010

What We're Reading - Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke

Decluttering 101:
I heard Gail Blanke speak at an event a few weeks ago and immediately bought her book, Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life.  Gail was funny, engaging, and insightful.  Her book is an easy and fun read, and manages to find the task of decluttering to have profound effects.

The first seven chapters take you room by room through your house - your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, attic, and garage.  She encourages you to clear out the physical clutter from the mismatched socks, to the unidenitified keys, to the expired medicines for ailments you no longer have.  Gail next takes you into your office to not only get rid of old credit card statements, but to also streamline your brand. 

After letting go of the physical clutter, Gail encourages readers to let go of the mental mess - letting go of regrets, letting go of having to be right, etc.  Gail shows how de-cluttering your house helps declutter your mind.  This book is definitely not one of the fifty things you should throw out!

~ Laura

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