Ah, bookshelf clutter! I’m beginning to see that I have tendency to attract information. That’s why I seem to amass a lot of clutter in the form of paper, which I stack up unattractively on shelves. That’s what I targeted in today’s #declutter2015 challenge (now leaked into 2016).
In case you don’t know, the Declutter Challenge is a 9-day, 27-item clean fest. Every day for nine days, rid your home of 27 clutter items. Throw it away, give it away–but, by all means, don’t keep it!
Bookshelf Clutter Hides Hidden Treasures
I really struggled with this exercise today, because the very act of putting something on the bookshelf signifies to me that the information is worthy of keeping or looking at again–just as with a good book. You read a book, appreciate its (entertainment, educational) value and you put it on the bookshelf for future perusal. In my mind, the same goes for cassette tapes, CDs, photographs, old computer diskettes and other things.
I found myself dusting things off and putting them back on the shelf again–albeit more neatly this time–which made racking up 27 items to discard a bit more difficult. Remember the cassette tapes and computer diskettes mentioned above? I put them back on the shelf, even if I don’t have a cassette player or know what’s on the diskettes. What also went back on the shelf were German language textbooks, workbooks and notebooks. :-/
I also ran across this little postcard I designed when I ran a restaurant in Atlanta. That brought back memories… I discarded it, but just the sentimentality made it hard for me to toss.
Join the Declutter Challenge! Just use #Declutter2015 or #Declutter2016 when you Tweet. Or Instagram proof of your 27 items.
If you come across this blog post in 2016 or later, go ahead and use the new #Declutter2016 hashtag; but if you already started decluttering at the end of 2015 like I did, that’s fine, use the old #Declutter2015 hashtag. (My guess is that the clutter you’re decluttering came from 2015, anyway.) If you’re still stuck on the date–don’t let that stop you from decluttering. Then send in your evidence of a decluttered day! Go ahead and post a link to your blog (with picture) to comments below!