De-Cluttering My Life

I am trying to reduce the amount of stuff I have collected over the last 5 years. Part of the problem is that I have not really had a lot of energy to focus on reducing. Mostly I have just muddled through while the stuff, it seems, has multiplied. I keep boxes from stuff I buy in case it doesn’t work. I dutifully file away all the receipts and manuals and now my filing cabinet wants to burst.

Then we move on to data. I have so much freaking data. I have pictures, movies, tv shows etc. I have so many backup hard drives because I have such a huge iTunes library that I cannot possible keep it all on my computer hard drive. I really don’t want to delete any of it as I may want to watch it again. I do need to become more organized with my external hard drives and give them meaningful names so I can tell them apart.

I also can’t stand the tangled complicated morass of cords, power bars and hubs behind my monitor. It does not seem to matter what I do to try and sort it out it doesn’t matter. Once if finally get the configuration finalized I may try to tackle the cord monster. I think there might be a solution for cords that I will check out.

My other files, the ones I create for work or my blogs are quite well organized. I can generally find what I want quickly. The one exception is pictures. It seems like a great deal of work to title them individually. I have a tagging program that I am trying to tag pictures. I may try using apple script to automatically tag pictures.

So my plan is to do some de-cluttering for 15 minutes every day. I did today and I actually got quite far. I have been able finally get time machine to get time machine to start working again. For some reason, Time Machine did not like the hard drive I had been trying to use. My next task is to back everything up again, and then determine which drives I don’t need to use.

I also need to get some clothes out of my closet and armoire. I have a lot of stuff I never wear that could be donated. I know once I start it will not be that big of a job so I just need to start. I want to get some of this stuff done while I am off, as I know I won’t have the energy once I go back to work.

Do you have any de-cluttering strategies or ideas that work for you?