Joy of decluttering: know it? Some do, some don’t. I love clearing away clutter: it’s one of my favourite diversions.
Last week I had an excuse to clear out half the contents of a little porch, commonly known as the cat’s ensuite. Any excuse will do. This time, a new clothes drier needs a vent. Whoopee — let’s have a major declutter!
The allure of old diaries
I’d kept at least a dozen desk diaries, and why?
- I thought they were documents that an auditor might request, should I attract the attention of the IRD. If so, too bad.
- Maybe I thought they might be of mild historical interest — to whom, for goodness sake? How ludicrous.
- Maybe I imagined my children idly opening them after my death. Why would they, if even I didn’t open one before tossing it into the shredder bin?
Meantime a paper work diary reduces clutter
Old-fashioned, I know, but I still used a paper diary on my desk. (Love my iPhone calendar too, of course.)
Sticking to certain old technology simplifies life. It frees brain space for more important things than remembering where to find the urgent jobs of the week, appointments of all sorts, and printed itineraries and tickets. All in the diary, diary always on the desk, nowhere else, end of story.
To replace this simple technology with a bunch of new software and habits could easily clutter up my computer and my life. Before acquiring any new software or hardware I always count to three. From experience I know that perhaps it would streamline my life — but perhaps not.
3 rules of thumb for keeping clutter at bay
- If it ain’t broke, don’t change it.
- If you don’t need it, don’t keep it.
- Have a chucking-out splurge every now and then: go on, it’s fun!
You are you, I am me. We all develop systems that work for us. What’s yours?