Everything old is new again
Well, today's the day of the move. I'm not sure how I'll go continuing the update on this blog as it appears I could be without home Internet Access for a couple of weeks. So much for requesting an on-line transfer at Telstra.com.
It's quite amazing how much the crap (sorry, "clutter") builds up after a bit over four years at the same address. It's also amazing how difficult it is to throw out "enough". I've thrown out a lot of crap already, but apparently not nearly enough to make the move a relatively simple one. I guess I'll need another spring clean and throw out session in the near future, and to make these events a little more regular. The major problem seems to be what I'll call the "everything old is new again" syndrome.
This basically involves an impulse purchase you make at some point, then put the item away and basically never look at it again. Two years later comes the time to move, and the item is discovered in a drawer or a closet somewhere, hidden away and never used. Upon finding this thing, there is a sense of excitement along the lines of "oh, I remember this, where has this been" or something similar. All of a sudden, the useless item, the one you haven't looked at in two years, suddenly has a sense of excitement about it and becomes a little more difficult to throw out. This has happened to me several times throughout this process over the last couple of weeks, and it's a problem when you're trying to get things done in a hurry, with no time to ask yourself "Do I really need this?".
I think the only real solution is to have more regular clean out/throw out sessions. Of course, finding time in our day to day lives to do this is another matter. Especially considering that it isn't exactly an exciting way to spend a weekend.