Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Never Ending Struggle to Declutter
In 1994 I started a subscription to "National Geographic". I have faithfully renewed it every time it came due. I also faithfully kept just about every single issue. Yes, that's 18 complete years (and counting). Those issues have survived four moves, three cities and take up a fair bit of shelf space.
I've had the issues so long it's almost hard to part with them. But why am I keeping them? A new issue arrives on my doorstep every month with awesome photos and up-to-date stories.
Do I really need to keep a whole lot of issues whose stories are now outdated? While it may be interesting to sit down and look back on some of the older issues, I'm never going to do that - or if I do, I'm clearly avoiding a yucky job that needs to get done. Plus, it's not my job to preserve that aspect of the past for years to come.
So, I've started recycling the magazines. It's going to take a bit since I don't want to blow out the blue bag before I get it to the alley for pick up. But I figure by the end of summer, all of the past issues will have made their way out of the house.
I wonder what I should move onto those empty shelves?