Being a de-clutter bug
September 18, 2011, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Organization

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci

Whoever built our efficiency apartment chose to situate the walls so we have plenty of storage space behind them – storage space that is more full of junk than I thought! I’ve pulled boxes of letters, notes, cards and other sentimental paper artifacts from one closet so far and now they’re laying in a pile on the floor waiting for decision. This whole simplifying business requires a lot of decision making. But I think I’ve come to a conclusion about my deluge of paper clutter. I am keeping one or two items or notes from people who have significantly contributed to my life, well-being and career in positive ways. The rest can be recycled, because I am not throwing the people away, only the piles of paper! Sounds easy, been when shuffling through cute notes and hand-made cards, it’s hard to shake the feeling that you’re throwing out something precious and unique. And once it’s gone it’s never coming back. But, really, I only need one meaningful piece of history from each to remember and treasure the connection we shared or share. The rest is taking up precious physical space.

So far, some objects were easy to reject; two broken coffee makers, rusted-out tap light that will never work again and a few broken three-ring binders. But others are annoyingly resistant to leaving; extra ice cube trays, piles of unused napkins from fast food restaurants and take-out and unneeded drinking mugs that are just too cute to say no to.

I have some great before and after pictures of revamped kitchen cabinets and corners, but the library computer doesn’t want me to upload them, apparently! More to come…


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