Since I don’t have a big trip planned this summer I gave myself a project. Get rid of the crap that I’ve accumulated over the years. I’ve made lists of each area (bookcase, shelf, desk, etc) that I need to go through. Cleaning off one area often results in the start of another.
I started with my computer desk on Sunday. I figured I could do that while watching the World Cup game. [Yea Spain!] I’m actually amazed at how clear and clean the computer desk is. When I open the desk doors it’s rather calming and nice now. Interesting how that works, huh?
I had a few things to file after clearing the computer desk. That led me into my bedroom where I keep accordion files of each years’ receipts, tax files, etc. So now I’m onto that bookshelf. This leads me to clearing off and organizing books which leads me to the big bookcase. And the cycle continues. I have the time to do it. So that’s fine. It needs to be done. But I have a few questions, dear reader.
Are there any hard and fast organization tips you have? When going through my closet the question seems to be: Have I worn this in the last year? Are there questions like that I should be asking myself in other areas? I’m finding lots of fun stuff… owner’s manuals from past cameras, cell phones, iPod, CD players… Teachers out there: What do you do with old texts that you don’t intend to ever use for reference? I found my Teaching Portfolio from when I got my job (in 1997). It doesn’t feel like something I should throw, but then again, what is the point of keeping it? Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.