Last night I finished reading Deniece Schofield’s Confessions of an Organized Homemaker (at the recommendation of Auntie Leila). Many of the ideas are similar to what I’ve learned from the FlyLady, but it was still a very valuable read because it made me rethink how organizing works. I probably knew this before, but it was made even more clear to me that organization is not about arrangement, it’s about function. Lining objects up in a pretty row is of no use if it prevents you from being able to use them in a natural, logical way. Beautifully arranged objects are not necessarily any easier to use.
Putting physical clutter aside (figuratively) for just a moment, I’ve been collecting loads of informational (i.e. digital) clutter for years now. I see an article online or start researching a topic and find a bit information that I think, “Oh, I need to keep that for later.” So I bookmark it or download it and it piles up. Now, this clutter doesn’t really get in the way of anything. I have plenty of space on my computer, I don’t even think there’s a max of bookmarks that you can save in Google Chrome. However, the more time I’ve spent in this habit, I’ve realized the futility and waste of it. I find myself re-researching the same information over again and never really benefitting from it.
This is my idea: purging, organizing and using this informational clutter. If there’s anything of value in an article that I want to remember, I can quote or summarize it here. If there’s a method or lifestyle I want to adopt, I can analyze it here and discard the multiple articles that say practically the exact same thing. If there was a joke or comic I was saving for a laugh, I can share it here for others to enjoy.
Part of this project will be a chronicle of my interests, part of it will be a testament to my lack of self-discipline. But mostly it will be a way for me to really think about and put to use these bookmarks I’ve saved. I remember and understand things that I write about better than things I just read about. By writing about them here, maybe I can commit more of this information to my memory than to my computer’s. Then maybe I’ll find it useful, and if I don’t, I can let it go.
So here’s to an experiment!