Throw out 50 things this spring . . . and you just might feel reborn

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By Michelle Singletary
Sunday, April 4, 2010


Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life

by Gail Blanke

Springboard Press. 304 pp. $13.99

Spring, the season of rebirth and warm days, is as good a time as any to get busy throwing out the stuff clogging your home, office, mind and spirit.

I'm going to do it. I'm going to throw out 50 things. That's the seemingly simple advice in Gail Blanke's new book.

Blanke, a motivational speaker and president and chief executive of Lifedesigns, has written "Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life" (Springboard Press, $13.99). It's the Color of Money Book Club pick for April.

You may be wondering what this book has to do with personal finance. Actually, quite a bit.

Many of the people who have financial issues got into their money mess because of what Blanke calls life plaque -- bad memories from childhood, a sense of entitlement, awful money habits and old debts. If this describes you, aren't you tired of holding on to that baggage?

Why 50 things?

It's not an arbitrary number, Blanke promises: "Once you make it to 50, a kind of wonderful momentum takes over; before you know it, the throwing-out thing becomes a habit, an ongoing mindset."

So what do you toss?

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