One important thing to remember is that virtual clutter – for example old emails and bookmarked websites – doesn't interfere with your life quite the same way physical stuff does. In fact, it can often just sit there quietly waiting until you have time to dig it up again (or else it gets lost in the electronic equivalent of a house burning down and y'know you can recover from that too).
Last year, Mark Morford wrote a really great column called Why Do You Have So Much Junk? Oh yes you do. And there are TV shows to prove it. Question is, what are you gonna do about it?
You have way too much crap.
I'm just guessing. Guessing that right now, in your life, in
your closets and in your garage and in your car trunk and in your brain
and even in your desk drawer you have way, way too much stuff, far more
than any one person or single family needs and, oh my God, have you
even seen your closet lately?
Have you seen that riot of old towels and curtain rods and
board games you haven't looked at in three years? The old guitar and
five pairs of mangy boots and a pile of old T-shirts and two disposable
Epson printers and a teetering stack of empty Amazon boxes and four
dumbbells and ancient college papers and a power drill and a bunch of
old coats and classic porn VHS tapes and an underused Mesa Boogie
guitar amp and assorted wrapping paper collected since the Clinton
administration? Oh wait, maybe that's my closet.
and one more taste of a bit I particularly liked:
It is one of the healthiest things you can do. Honest psychologists
and good spiritual healers often advise patients with overactive minds
and squirrel-like attention spans and problems focusing and problems
sleeping, they will tell them not to pop some Ritalin or merely
take an herbal tincture and eat more leafy greens, but to go home right
now and, yes, clean out your closets. Clear out your clutter. Strip it
all to the beautiful essentials and then keep it that way.
Okay, gang, you know what to do! Read that fun column and then ride that inspiration into getting rid of more dumb stuff you have around for no good reason.
One thought on “Why do you have so much junk?”
I spent an hour last night going through all the TV channels listed on my TiVo programming guide and cleaned out all the ones I don’t really receive – a combination of clearing out clutter and dealing with one of the little nags in your life (you had a column about that months ago, and while I am slow to act on them sometimes, clearly, they stay with me until I get a round TUIT.)