I decluttered my bookshelf a few days ago. Call it spring cleaning. This was an important task because its located within eyesight of my desk and its appearance affects my productivity.
Evident from the many times I’ve rearranged the bookshelf before — and other areas in my apartment — it’s obvious I own too much. It’s not as simple as filing papers or stacking objects because there is always some thing that remains to block my access to that other thing I need. I move the first, get the second, put the first back; and later put the second in haphazard position on top of or beside the first.
Decluttering is not only about cleaning. It’s also about deciding what you no longer need or care about and removing it from your life. My recycling bin is overflowing from papers that cluttered that bookshelf I was holding onto for silly reasons.
Forget the adage to be out of sight it will be out of mind. Instead, just get it out.