The first thing to know, as I enter my “Throw Out Fifty Things: Weekend are the essential rules of Gail Blanke’s “Throw Out Fifty Things”.
In the introduction, Gail tells us it is her goal to help us chisel our way out from all our extraneous JUNK in our lives, as Michelangelo chiseled his sculptures from the stone surrounding them (this reminded me of his Prisoners).
Some basic tips for what to throw out, from Gail:
- Anything that makes you feel bad about yourself.
- Stuff that makes no contributions
- Stuff that makes you hem and haw: when in doubt, throw it out!
How to get started simply:
Gail recommends three bags/boxes: trash, donations, sales. I’m going to add a ‘keep’ box, I think, for the things whose homes need to be decided upon. I’m also not going to START with a ‘sale’ box. If I happen to find anything that is worth selling instead of donating, I’ll deal with it as I come to it.
The other thing I’ll need to get started is my Ipod. I’m going to get to work on uploading Neil Gaimon’s “The Graveyard Book,” which I just picked up from the library, since I’m fairly certain that I’ll be working long enough to finish “Gilead.” I clearly can’t do this without reading at the same time!
One other thing, another rule of Gail’s. Multiples don’t count. In other words, if I throw 50 pieces of junk mail, that’s only one thing. I’m not entirely sure I’ll get to 50 by this logic, since we have a small place and are young, but I’ll try to follow her rules as best I can.