Do you lead a productive life?
How many books sit on your shelf?
Which books do you never read?
How many shirts hang in your closet?
Which shirts do you never wear?
How many cups and glasses sit in your cupboard?
Which cups do you never hold?
How many blogs do you receive by email?
Which blogs do you never read?
How much dust sits in your life?
Which dust do you never clean?
You accumulate stuff and it sits unused. How unfortunate! Why do you do this to yourself? Why do you buy things that you think you need or because people think you will like them — but they are never used? When and if they are used, they are never used again.
If you read the newspaper every day and then recycle it, why do you not do the same with books? What is it about a book (or a shirt, cup, blog subscription, or other dust) that you accumulate it and hold onto it?
If you can read an email message, reply to it, and delete it; why can’t you carry that model and mentality to other objects in your life?
Photo by brewbooks.
My bookshelf contains about 30 books. The majority I haven’t read or opened in the past year. I wrote six years ago about giving up books and recognizing it is an illusion to be sentimental to their accumulation.
I don’t know why I still own them and I’m slowly getting rid of them. It is healthy to get rid of clutter in your life.
Libraries and bookstores exist for finding and reading new books; and Alltop exists for finding and reading new blogs.
Join me. Reduce your clutter and improve your life.
The above is a revision of an earlier post that appeared in August 2011. Rather than letting that collect dust, I brought it back to life. See what I did there?
P.S. To anyone who used to be subscribed to my city council blog, I decided my last post will be the last post; and I took the liberty of moving your email address to receive my blog posts here. I write about both digital topics and lately a lot about productivity. If you’d rather not get anything, click and unsubscribe.