OK so Old Stuff Day was 2nd March but I was too busy but here is my blog about it anyway. Or should that say I am old – I forgot.
Old stuff day is not about people but about decluttering your life. Well at least that is my interpretation of it.
Over the last 3 months I have been packing up, moving on and unpacking. Inevitably a part of that process has meant I have been decluttering. I am loathed to throw things away and try to recycle when I can but some things – well some things just have to be thrown.
A box that says on the side ‘old diaries, calendars and nick naks’ has been investigated and although there is nothing of value or use in there what do you do with it? Obviously, it has great sentimental value and if I ever write a book there is a gold mine of getting up and washing my hair information in there!
On a business note the move has meant that I have really taken the opportunity to declutter. I have found books that were hidden on the bottom shelf of a bookcase and hadn’t seen the light of day for 4 years. Now they have pride of place and will be picked up and looked at whilst sitting in front of the open fire. Oh the joy. I have found notes from meetings that are no longer needed. I have found leaflets and business cards people have given me over the years. If they are in my phone contacts then I don’t see the point in keeping their card or leaflet so have thrown those away. The space this has created is going to be filled with other things.
It has also given me the opportunity to look at my kit and see what I use regularly and what I use occasionally and then store it in the proper location. This has been very useful as I have been able to check over the kit, gave it a clean, make sure it works properly and ensure it is labelled up.
What have I learned? I should do this at least one a year. I’m obviously not going to throw away things that are needed for HMRC or my Accountant but really handouts and notes from meetings well they do eventually need to go.
So look at your old stuff if it brings you joy hang on to it if its of no value anymore give it to someone else or throw it.