Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Organize It!: 50 Things

So, I was watching the 4th hour of the Today Show with Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotbe. Don't judge- but I love it- they have so much fun- it would be my ideal show to host. They had the most interesting concept for an organizing segment based on a new book by Gail Blanke Author of “Throw Out 50 Things: Clear The Clutter, Find Your Life”.

While standing in front of a closet full of junk Gail said get rid of 50 things- not 49 but 50 things to start a new life. She said whether that's 50 pieces of clothing, old medicine or old relationships that aren't working- you can start anew and find your true self by getting rid of what's weighing you down.

That statement inspired me- and I want to invite you along for the ride. I went straight to my closet and began removing old items. I have an extensive supply of clothing for my day job- but let's face it, I don't wear all of my clothes. So, I set out to purge 50 pieces of clothing and some shoes from my supply.

I quickly started to count up the number scale- then when I got to around 30-35 it started to slow down. Now I had to choose to get rid of my "very skinny clothes". I always held out hope I'd get back into them- and still think it may be a possibility. But, the fact of the matter is- I am happier and healthier in 1 size up. I texted Crafty Cat and she said "Get rid of them! If you get that skinny again you'll want to buy new stuff". It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders and I thought she was RIGHT! I purged them. Believe it or not- I don't miss them. I do feel lighter! In fact- I purged MORE THAN 50 items!  Some items went to a friend who will enjoy the very expensive suits I've passed along to her and the rest of the other nice items will go to charity. Hopefully some women will put them to good use!

My goal each week will be to show you my efforts to organize something in my life. This pile above is now out of my house and I'm so happy. It also led to a bigger closet organization makeover I will share at a later date! I won't be purging 50 things each week. That may be a little off the deep end but the projects may be big or small. Hopefully you will get in on the fun and share your organizing projects. If you have a great photo please contact me because we can share our projects with the world. If you have a great blog about an organizing project- Link it up below!


  1. Good for you!! Doesn't it feel great to purge?

  2. I ended up emptying 3 trash bags full of stuff from my closet when they opened a new consignment shop that my daughter loves. They only took 6 items and I made $15 but the rest went to my daughter or the thrift shop. Now I have enough hangers and can buy some new clothes that fit and are in style. I had stuff that was 15 years old. I am also destashing my jewelry studio by selling all the extra stuff I have. I opened a jewelry supply shop on etsy and have sold tons of stuff and no jewelry at all this month. and still have a ton of stuff to sell. Might as well pay for my jewelry habbit with my jewelry habbit :)


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