Throw Out Fifty Things

  • by Gail Blanke
  • Narrated by Gail Blanke
  • 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Throw Out Fifty Things is truly an eye-opener. According to Blanke, our lives are so filled with junk from the past - from dried up tubes of crazy glue to old grudges - that's it's a wonder we can get up in the morning, never mind go to work, care for our children and parents, and just put one foot in front of the other. Blanke wants to start a movement of people across America throwing out 50 things (magazines count as one!) that will help liberate us from the stuff - both physical and mental - that clutters our lives. It's the physical stuff that keeps us from being happy and calm in our house - not to mention keeps us from finding our keys in the morning! And it is the clutter in our mind that drags us down and holds us back from living the life we want to live.Blanke takes the listener through each room in the house and helps us figure out what to throw out that will help us move forward. She'll show us how to find and throw out "toxic" possessions that remind us of failed relationships, bad jobs, etc., and she'll help us figure out what to keep in order to help us find out who we really are.

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Customer Reviews

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So useful, listened to it a 2nd time right away.

There are a host of books on how to declutter, I have a bunch myself somewhere...

So the message isn't new but the author/narrator is easy to listen to and very insightful. As she spoke, I found myself nodding my head thinking "that's me" as she described a variety of different types of clutter from room to room.

But where this book really excels and differs from previous reads is when Gail Blanke starts to address the clutter in our minds and issues we tend to hold onto, in most cases for far too long. It was enlightening to say the least.

My home office has honestly never looked better after listening to this. It's truly a great feeling to walk into it again after years of a mess and the horrible weighted down feeling I'd get from knowing it needed to be addressed but didn't know where to start.

There is soo much helpful information that I felt I had to listen to it again just to review and internalize the lessons better. Normally after listening to a book I move on to my next title. But this one is worth multiple listens.

I'm grateful to have come across this title and to the author for the genuine help this has been. It's a relatively quick and easy listen, one I'd whole heartedly recommend!


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- Zeus

A waste of a credit!

I have read and listened to many books on decluttering. I had high hopes for this audio and it was not helpful to me at all. The writer describes how she gets rid of fifty things from her home in way too much detail! I did not see how this was helpful at all. I found most of the information was repetitive. Then part of the book I felt was wasted on clearing out the emotional clutter. This is not what I was looking for at all. I found the author annoying. I find Julie Morgenstern, or Marla Cilley, aka the FlyLady, much more helpful and motivating.
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- KT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2009
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.