Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it. The title of this post is the tag line of Gail Blanke’s book, Throw Out Fifty Things. “If you want to grow, you gotta let go” is Gail’s mantra; and that means eliminating all the clutter – phyiscal and emotional – that holds you back, weighs you down, or just makes you feel bad about yourself. For more information you can also visit the Throw Out Fifty Things website.
I’m excited to be giving away FIVE copies of Gail’s book as this month’s prize for participating in Org Junkie’s Monthly Organizing Round-Up.
It’s pretty easy to enter. This month we are concentrating on organizing any surface or shelf in our home. But that doesn’t mean just shuffling the piles to another area and calling it a day. Let’s clear that clutter once and for all so in a month’s time you don’t have to tackle the same pile once again. Gail encourages us to ask ourselves a few questions about the things we own:
1. Do I really love it?
2. Do I need it now?
3. Can I imagine myself or anyone in my family ever loving or needing it in the foreseeable future?
My favorite part of working with a client is having them answers these types of questions out loud. It almost never fails that as the person is trying to explain their rationale to me, I can see the light go on as they realize that what once made sense when they justified it in their mind now sounds pretty silly when said out loud. In many instances they are then able to make the decision fairly easily to part with the item. I never even had to say a word. It’s very effective.
I’ll be putting up Mr. Linky (if all goes well) on Sunday sometime to allow you to link up to your post showing off your before and after pictures. Later in the week I’ll select five participants at random from that list to win a copy of Gail’s book.
Now get busy girlfriends! 🙂
PS: See also Gail’s Rules of Disengagement