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Throw Out Fifty Things


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"The Motivator" columnist at Real Simple and life coach for Fortune 500 companies, Gail Blanke, offers inspiring ways to clear away the debris of your life-both physical and mental-to help you find peace, energy and a better vision of who you are.

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Gail Blanke is the life coach for Real Simple magazine and writes a monthly column. She is the author of two previous books, IN MY WILDEST DREAMS and BETWEEN TRAPEZES.


What better way to start the New Year than to get rid of the old and start anew? Popular blogger Babauta ( advises readers to identify the essential and eliminate the rest, while life coach Blanke (Between Trapezes) cuts to the chase, ordering her audience to empty that stuffed kitchen drawer. What distinguishes Blanke's book is her advice to let go of not only stuff but also regrets, ideas about one's personality type, and the need to be liked by everyone. Babauta, too, advocates five-sentence emails and single-tasking for clearing away mental clutter. Both worthwhile purchases are heartily recommended. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Gail Blanke's strength is her ability to illuminate simple acts that save time, money and many headaches, in a clear commonsense language. And that's exactly what this book does-in spades."--author of Passages and Sex and the Seasoned Woman, Gail Sheehy
"Everybody needs to throw out at least fifty things. Just make sure this book isn't one of them!"--Journalist and Television Producer, Linda Ellerbee
"Gail Blanke's Throw Out Fifty Things is the perfect roadmap to help you lighten your load. Leave it to a friend like Gail- wise, funny, practical, and so very organized-to empty my closets and clean out my shelves, while soothing the spirit and soul, too. This book is a keeper."--Linda Fairstein, bestselling author of LETHAL LEGACY
"THROW OUT FIFTY THINGS is a refreshing book full of practical tips and helpful insights. The title is the simple principle. Applied at home, in your career, in your mind, or in your business, it helps you get rid of the clutter that blocks success. Perhaps most astounding is how relevant the insights are to leading a business today."--Peter Loescher, President & CEO or Siemens AG
"Whenever I de-clutter my house, it helps de-clutter my mind. Gail Blanke is a perfect guide to getting the non-essentials out of the way, so that simple joys can make their way into our lives."--Marianne Williamson, author of A RETURN TO LOVE

Blanke (Between Trapezes), a motivational speaker and former columnist for Real Simple, shovels aside detritus to make space for cleaner rooms and clearer minds. She challenges readers to follow her example in discarding 50 things; tossed items range from old clothes to "the need to be right." The author's suggestions range from the humble ("Have a swap party for your outgrown clothes") to the ambitious ("Clarify who you are"), and her scope and environmentally conscious mind-set make the book a rousing call to total transformation-one mismatched sock at a time. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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