Throw Out Fifty Things

December 2009 Blog Posts (12)

Makeup - How to Recycle

Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone out there can help me. As I get new makeup for 2010, I am wondering what kind of programs are out there to recycle old makeup. I hate to just throw it in the garbage and fill up the landfills with it. I live in Northern British Columbia in Canada and we don't seem to have any programs in place for this. Can you suggest anything especially if you're a Canadian too? Thanx.

Added by Kimberley Watkins on December 31, 2009 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Happy New Year to ALL of us!

I found Throw Out Fifty Things at my local library the other day. I started reading & knew it was perfect timing for me. I have been feeling SO STUCK in my life lately--more than EVER! Anyhow, I've spent the entire morning/afternoon today (12/31) cleaning out my bedroom closet. It felt great to shred old greeting cards/post-ems/notes. I've got bags of stuff packed for donation to my local Goodwill. My closet shelves look great now. I just know 2010 will be more FUN than I can ever imagine.… Continue

Added by Lisa Elliott on December 31, 2009 at 4:29pm — 28 Comments

Avid Scrapper

I'm an avid scrapper, serious reader, and an extreme magazine junkie. So as I read /browsed through my scrap magazine I seen this book used as inspiration for srapbooking. One reader used the book and created a page LO about 50 Things To Throw Out B4 I turn 39. I cut this section out and glued it in my own inspiration notebook. I received a Barnes & Noble gift card from my co-worker, so after Christmas I hit the store in search of this book. BINGO BANGO PRESTO!!!! Found it! Quickly diving… Continue

Added by alondra ladison on December 30, 2009 at 11:03pm — No Comments


The Reader's Digest invited me to write a blog about how to make this holiday season less stressful. Check out there are lots of good tips from various experts on the site. The piece, which I’ve included below, was fun to write. I just asked myself what were all the dumb things I do over the holidays that drive me - and everyone around me - crazy... and decided to toss them out this year! You can do the same. Read… Continue

Added by Gail Blanke on December 24, 2009 at 11:21am — No Comments

Keeping Score

I am having trouble wrapping my mind around score keeping. I understand that if I through out all two hundred magazines it only counts as one thing. But if I throw out all my lip liners and all my lipsticks, is that one thing or two things? What if I throw out all my lip liners and all my lipsticks and all my eyeliners and all my eye shadows, does that count as 1 thing - old make up, or 2 things - lip products and eye products, or 4 things - lip liners, lipsticks, eye liners and eye… Continue

Added by Marsha A. Adams on December 22, 2009 at 11:29am — 3 Comments

Throw Out Fifty Things Has Become My "Bible"!!

I started reading Gail's book a couple of nights ago. Wow!! Did it ever hit me hard. Generally I am pretty good at cleaning out stuff that is broken, holey socks, etc. But Gail made me see that it came to more than that.

Am I really going to watch all those DVDs from Walmart's 2/$10 bin that I haven't opened? Do I really want that underwear that an online date gave me when the relationship didn't work out? Do I really want that freaky magnet my sister gave me? And the list goes on.

So… Continue

Added by Kimberley Watkins on December 20, 2009 at 6:52pm — 2 Comments

Is it really December? !

How on earth did it get to be December?

Summer = no real work on anything except keeping garden alive (ha ha) and 2 eight year old occupied for the summer. Huge summer vacation to CA this year, girls first airplane ride!

Fall = school, scouts, church, 20 people for Thanksgiving

Winter = hibernate and catch up!

06 - Donations to the church fair & friends with smaller kids!

Our church has a biiig church fair every year and every year I… Continue

Added by Sue Triggs-Rhuda on December 20, 2009 at 11:58am — No Comments

I knew what to do and I did it!

I read in the Monday Motivator that I know what to do, now just do it. And after reading a couple chapters it really motivated me and I started yesterday afternoon in my bedroom. Actually it started in the hallway to my bedroom where I had some "stuff" sitting there waiting for me to deal with. Oh, it's only been sitting there for over a year. Embarrassing but true. So I started going thru it and truthfully, it wasn't so bad once I decided to tackle it. I had a couple bathroom items I decided I… Continue

Added by mitchypoo on December 9, 2009 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Still digging through the past.

I have been getting rid of more stuff. I had a pretty nifty flight attendant bag, vintage 1970s. I bought it in Tokyo in 1988 at a thrift shop in the suburbs. I had it full of extra wires from appliances I no longer have, speaker wires, RCA jacks, telephone cords. My husband was cleaning the closet and it just had to go. It was worse for wear and it would be hard to get it looking spiffy again. Buh bye.

We have a couple of large plastic tote bags. We put things in them for donating… Continue

Added by April NYC on December 7, 2009 at 9:40pm — No Comments


My good friend Nadia Allaudin of Merrill Lynch sent along these fabulous, motivational quotes. I think you'll like them:

"I dream of men who take the next step instead of worrying about the next thousand steps."

- Theodore Roosevelt

"Get bored with your past, it's over!"

- Caroline Myss

"Don't listen to those who say, 'You're taking too big a chance.' Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be… Continue

Added by Gail Blanke on December 7, 2009 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Day 1---I'm on my way!!!

I got Gail's book in the mail yesterday and I'm really inspired to make a change in my life. I feel so overwelmed with all the stuff--physical, emotional and mental--that I just feel so stuck and unable to move. Since I've been reading Gail's book, I've looked in my closet at all the shoes and clothes and in the makeup drawer at least a hundred times but unable to touch anything. It's crazy! Tonight, I will clear out the shoes and the makeup before I go to bed. That will be 2 (really more but… Continue

Added by Marybeth Tassin on December 6, 2009 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

The Kitchen List:

During the past two weeks, I have gone through every cupboard and drawer in my kitchen, systematically cleaning, tossing and rearranging. It is much nicer to work in now! For taking two weeks, my list may seem rather short, but emotionally, it is a very good list. I made the decision to keep the corelle ware we were given as a wedding gift, but had never opened -- 11 1/2 years ago. It is now in use, and serving us wonderfully. By rearranging things I found room for all of the things I longed to… Continue

Added by Lady Ivorwen on December 6, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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