Thursday, June 11, 2009

Review: Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke

"Our lives are so filled with junk from the past-from dried up tubes of glue to old grudges-that it's a wonder we can get up in the morning," exclaims motivator, best-selling author, columnist, and life coach Gail Blanke.

"If you want to grow, you gotta let go," is Blanke's mantra; and that means eliminating all the clutter-physical and emotional-that holds you back, weighs you down, or just makes you feel bad about yourself.

In Throw Out Fifty Things she takes us through each room in the house-from the attic to the garage-and even to the far reaches of our minds. Through poignant and humorous stories, she inspires us to get rid of the "life plaque" we've allowed to build-up there.

  • That junk drawer (you know that drawer) in the kitchen? Empty it!
  • Those old regrets? Throw 'em out!
  • That make-up from your "old" look? Toss it!
  • That relationship that depresses you? Dump it!
Once you've hit fifty-you'll be surprised how easy it is to get there-and once you've thrown out that too-tight belt and too-small view of yourself, you'll be ready to step out into the clearing and into the next, and greatest, segment of your life.


I started off quite liking the book. The author had a chatty, friendly style, but I felt it leaned a bit too far towards an almost stream of consciousness babble at points.

Things started to go downhill for me when I began to encounter the author's constant references to stores such as Best Buy and The Container Store. They really distracted from the narrative and left me wondering "WTF? Is she getting a commission from these people?". It was totally unnecessary.

This one gets six stars. The author did try, but no real different or quality information was presented. Also, while most of the ideas and techniques presented in the book are applicable to anyone, the book really seemed to be aimed towards upper middle class female Baby Boomers, which was unfortunate. The author is clearly not in touch with anyone outside her own class.

Rating: ★★★★★



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