Welcome to week 5 of Tidy2020. Many apologies for the lateness of this task, we were on holiday and I thought that I had managed to organise it so that it would post whilst we were away, but clearly technology got the better of me!
Last week we discussed books. I hope that you managed to get them done. This week we’re moving on to magazines and making a small start on papers in the form of a foray into course materials!
You know the drill by now, start by gathering together any magazines that you have around your home. Categorise them by type and then ask yourself if they Spark Joy and why you are keeping them if they do not. Perhaps there was a specific article you wanted to read or reference. In which case, I’d advocate removing it from the magazine and keeping it elsewhere; the same if the article is sentimental. If you are keeping it because you have not got around to reading it, ask yourself why you haven’t got around to reading it. If you truly think you will read it, don’t get any more magazines until you have, and if this thought fills you with sadness, then I would suggest that you won’t truly read the magazine that you already have! I keep a number of interior design magazines to work through with clients for their vision, but there are not hundreds, just a few to focus the mind.
Doctors’ surgeries and other waiting rooms are often grateful for magazines, so it is usually easy to find a place to donate them.
Our first foray into paperwork is going to be a similar theme. Paperwork that you have received from courses that you have been on. With this, you do need to ask yourself if you are really going to reference it again.
For example, when I went on my course to become a KonMari Certified Consultant, there were various hand outs and workbooks and I took copious notes. I referred back to them in the early days quite a lot and certainly used them for revision before the exam, but now that I’m up and running, it’s all tucked away in my brain and I don’t really need them any longer. Now is the time for me to go through them again and perhaps write down the pertinent bits and discard the rest. The same is true of the notes that I take at the APDO (Association of Professional Declutters and Organisers) conferences. When information is new, it helps to write it down as it embeds it in the brain, but after a while the information is kept in your brain and you no longer need it written down.
The revision notes I made for my degree in Genetics over 20 years ago? Those can definitely go. The notes I took for my PGCE in Primary (science specialist)? Yeah, those too. The notes that I am currently making about teaching GCSE Maths, Physics and Chemistry? Probably out to hang on to those for a while!