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Tuesday
Dec302014

A clutter-free 2015?

Blame is just a lazy person's way of making sense of chaos.
Douglas Coupland

I like little lists like these:

5 ways to unclutter your digital life in 2015

  1. Upgrade software, programs and apps
  2. Cut the cords — and organize the ones you can’t get rid of
  3. Organize your desktop and browsers, and clear the cobwebs from your files
  4. Organize your smartphone
  5. Cut clutter from your inbox

So simple. So necessary. So unlikely to happen. And this just uncluttering my technology - what about all the junk I'll never use again in my file cabinets, kitchen cupboards, my sock drawer, and garage workbench?

Unclutter - it's been my life-long goal. Over the holidays I've undertaken a project to de-clutter my digital photos - all 11,000, 55 Gig of them. I'm about half done moving them to SmugMug and organizing them by category and by year. As I move them online, I'm deleting them from my poor old MacBook Air's drive, actually freeing up enough memory to finally ungrade to the Yosemite OS. (Big whoop.) In explaining this task to my father-in-law, he predicted that it is hopeless - just organize the photos you take from now on. We'll see.

I do a few things by habit that make decluttering a bit easier:

  • When I buy a new pair of shoes, I throw an old pair out. (Same goes for shirts, socks, pants, and other articles of clothing.)
  • When I bought print books, I weeded my personal collection before visiting my mother and brother - taking books to them to read and then donate to their small public library.
  • I scan as much paper, both at home and work, as I can and organize it online.
  • I keep my computer desktop clear. No files cluttering the lovely picture of my grandchildren.
  • I regularly delete unused apps from my devices.
  • I never buy when I can rent, especially media.

All of us lead complicated lives - at least most of the people I know do. Without a system, habits, and intention to be organized, we would be swamped and important tasks buried among the trivial.

Next to organize - all my writing files! Onward and upward.

Any de-cluttering ideas you're will to share?

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Reader Comments (2)

Having fun with your blog post this morning...wrote this one upon reflection:
http://www.mguhlin.org/2014/12/decluttering-and-organizing-your.html

Wishing you an awesome Happy New Year for 2015,
Miguel Guhlin from Around the Corner
http://mguhlin.org

December 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel Guhlin

Thanks, Miguel. Let a comment on your blog. You are far more organized than I am!

Happy New Year!

Doug​

January 1, 2015 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

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