Clutter challenge

The static map captured on paper is almost a thing of the past.

Time was when we all drove around with folded up maps in our glove compartments, ready to pull over and figure out where we were at a moment’s notice. But when was the last time you did that rather than call on your GPS for help?

Countries change, boundaries shift, when was the last time you drove through Boulder and didn’t think to yourself how different everything looks? New stores, new streets and neighborhoods, thank goodness for Google Maps.

National Geographic still includes occasional wall maps, but there’s no need to keep them unless you’re planning to frame them as art.

This Saturday, are there any out-of-date maps you can send on their way? Old triptik travel planners from AAA that are surely going to take you off course, elevation maps of mountains you’ll never climb again with a paper map in your hand, old maps of Nebraska from that cross country trip in 1988?

Inaccurate clutter is irritating. An out-of-date map is unhelpful, so Send it away Saturday!

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This Saturday’s decluttering challenge is simple but it may not be easy. For today’s Send it away Saturday, can you let go of any newspaper in your space that’s older than a day?

If you only have a few newspapers lying around, that’s not too hard but if you have stacks of them waiting to be read, the challenge may feel too challenging. Older than a day? I’m going to read those newspapers!

Let’s be kind to ourselves and pick a time frame that feels reasonable. Will you save all papers from the past week? The past month? What will feel comfortable for you?

If the answer is still I want to keep them all, then pull out your calculator. I’m going to ask you to multiply the number of minutes it takes to read a newspaper by the number of newspapers you have. And then ask yourself if that’s time you’re willing to spend on out of date information? If it is, please start reading. If it’s not, please start recycling.

If you’re saving newspapers for their historical interest, it’s time to think about how often you look at them and whether it’s possible that there are other copies saved elsewhere. Do you want to continue to be the nation’s unofficial archivist, or would you be happy knowing these papers are accessible online? On some level do you feel a need to preserve history? If that’s a passion of yours and you’re creating scrapbooks that you enjoy looking at, that’s very different from a pile of disintegrating newspapers crumbling away in your basement. If you vaguely imagine yourself proudly showing them to grandchildren one day, ask yourself if all this storing is worth it for one passing ‘That’s cool!’ at best?

If you have a non-reading use for your papers like lining the bird cage, collect data for a week. How often do you change the bird cage, how many sheets of paper does that take, how many sheets of paper come with each morning delivery? This will give you a feel for how much newspaper you use in a week. Keep a little extra just for comfort’s sake and then recycle the rest happily, knowing you won’t be caught short.

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Joyful Surroundings LLC – (720) 526-2114 – lucy@joyfulsurroundingsllc.com

Need a helping hand dealing with your clutter? If you’re in the Boulder County/Longmont area, here’s how to work with me. If you’re further afield, here’s how to hire a professional organizer.

Everything feels better with an organized home!

 

They almost seem anachronistic these days, but many of us are still clinging to our collection of dusty old business cards. Perhaps the intention is to go through them, to enter the information into our address books or phone contacts. To start networking with all those nice people you met at that local business get together three years ago.

Whatever the reason you’re holding onto them, this Saturday I’m going to ask you to consider whether any of those cards might be out of date by now, whether if you were going to use them by now you would have, whether phone numbers may have changed, and whether you can trust the Internet to help you out if you need to find a business’s contact information?

Some people (like journalists) hold onto every business card they’ve ever had as a shortcut reminder of all the interesting people they’ve talked to over the years. These collections are arranged so you can easily have a stroll down memory lane, in a box or a scrapbook.

Most of us find them tucked into books as bookmarks, stuffed way in the back of the junk drawer or scattered throughout the office in nooks and crannies. Making the decision not to keep any such card you come across from now on would be a practical way to start letting them go.

And if you hesitate to toss a card because of the information on it, it’s time to take action. Put them in your contacts, reach out and call them and then let the card go.

What if the old business cards you keep running across are yours? Keep three for old times sake and let the rest go. You don’t need the proof of what you did.

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lucy@joyfulsurroundingsllc.com

Everything feels better with an organized home!