In some ways digital clutter seems to me to be the opposite in character to physical clutter. Let me explain myself.
Physical clutter is clearly a problem that you are all reading my blog to get tips and tricks on clearing. It is obvious what it is, and we know we can have some trouble convincing ourselves to remove it regardless of our desire to be free of it. It is the stuff that lingers in our home even though we no longer use it, need it or love it. We stash it away in any empty space we can find. There is no escaping it though because even if we can’t see it we know it is there.
Then there are the everyday items in our homes that we use/admire/enjoy regularly. These are the alive items mentioned the in last weeks post – Is your stuff alive or stagnant. If we could just narrow down our belongings to the items we see and use every day we would be happy right?
Well to me digital clutter kind of works the other way. For example, there are text files, photo files, recipe files, DXF files, old emails… that I refer back to occasionally maybe even rarely in some cases but because the space they take up fits neatly in a tiny little external drive I am more than happy they are there in case I might need them some day.
Now Blog feeds and email subscriptions that I read every day are a whole different story. Essentially, they are my everyday digital items equivalent to my everyday household items I mentioned above. I like to read them for various reasons not the least being that they often give me inspiration to write my own post and absorb the information contained within to expand my intellectual horizon. BUT my goodness do they clutter up my day.
Summing up what I am saying here goes something like this…
Hidden Physical Clutter = Bad while Hidden Digital Clutter = Good
Physical Everyday Items = Good while Everyday Digital items = Bad
I had my doubts about admitting this because I would hate for you my lovely readers to see this and think – “Yes you are right” and delete 365lessthings from your email/blog feed subscriptions. I just wondered if anyone out there had come to the same conclusion. Do you spend too much time in your day reading all those blogs you just can’t live without?
Today’s Declutter Item
I found a new owner for these silver cake forks through Freecycle. It was a challenge. There were plenty of people who wanted them but they sat on the door step for a week waiting for the first guy to collect them. I gave up onhim and offered them to another lady who was more punctual and grateful.
Things I am grateful for today
- Having success with a new vegetable curry recipe today – The men about the house were impressed so it must have been good.
- Having the car today – I had so many errands to run and I got at least half of them done . There’s always tomorrow.
- A swim with a friend at the baths on the beach yesterday – It was such a hot day and the water was so refreshing. It was also nice to catch up with my friend.
- Finding a new good place to eat
- Digital technology (Regardless of what I said in today’s post) – It has freed up space once needed to store music, photo albums and paper files just to name a few.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow.