I read the Messie’s No More some years ago and in it I learnt that I hoard information – it’s my thing. But just because I know this about myself doesn’t mean I do anything about it! Until now! I really must bring this area of my life under control!
When the internet first came into our home I would print off screeds and screeds of articles to read offline. Not only did I prefer to read off computer but you never knew when you might want to refer back to that article. Well, I have learnt to bookmark and to Google these days.
Then there’s been the idea of being a paperless society – we do our bookwork on the computer, my to-do list, my calendar – in theory it sounds great and a paperless society sounds achievable. In reality I have more paper around me than ever before! I am learning to contain my paper in systems – I have a few and they are slowly coming together to control this very paper-ful household.
At the moment we are sifting through years of buying craft and homemaking magazines. I can’t quite bring myself just to ditch them – what if there is an amazing project or idea that I may just never see some place else. Though I am the stage where I am going to sort through all the magazines and divide into three piles “Homespun” and “Better Homes and Garden” and everything else. I am going to keep the Homespun, and create a tear-file from BHG. The rest are good-bye! That in itself is a big step.
Recipe books – ahhh the bane of my life – I get so tempted with recipe books. I don’t even use them! I don’t make the time to be fancy in the kitchen any more (that was for the days when I had two kids and no homeschooling!) So buying them is simply habit and lack of self control. I would love to create a tear-file for my recipe books but I must admit since my recipe books all have a home at the moment they are a lower priority. So for now I just have to learn not to buy any more!
I am listening to an audio book “Margins” by Richard Swenson. Yesterday I listened to him talk about the role of advertising in creating our discontent society. As he talked about how advertising convinces us of our wants he made a very simple statement (I think he was quoting someone else actually) “A hungry man doesn’t need to be convinced of his need for food.” If we truly need it we don’t need to be told we need it. I made a connection here with my collecting information. Emails tell me information all the time, I have so many coming in. But if I need that information I will go and find that information. I don’t need to be told it now, and I don’t need to hoard it for later. This should be the motivation I need to reduce my email subscriptions.
When I need something I can go and find it,
and I don’t need to be told I need it, I’ll know.
This isn’t enough of a motivating thought to make me toss my recipe books, delete my email inbox backlog, or purge my craft magazine bookshelf but… it is a start. Little by little I will change my mindset.