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Doing some more decluttering today. I pulled out two official school photos. I can count on the fingers of both hands the number of people in either photo that I can still put a name to the face. I can’t see any point in keeping them.

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Buying Too Much Stuff is Driven By Uncertainty

I’ve gradually weaned myself off of retail therapy, though I have occasional lapses still.

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I took this off my bookshelf the other day. I think I’ll read it again, just to see how much is still relevant today.

(I don’t generate much paperwork of my own nowadays, but I still get a lot sent to me.)

Hardback copy of 'Clear Your Desk!' by Declan Treacy
Hardback copy of ‘Clear Your Desk!’ by Declan Treacy
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I’ve started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I’ve done cleanings and purges in the past, but clutter keeps coming back into my life. Time to get serious about this. Hoping that becoming more organised and disciplined will have benefits elsewhere.

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Tidying up for your computer in the ‘90s: Marie Kondo style

Warning – contains flashbacks to Windows 95, including a Blue Screen sequence. 😉

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Sparking digital joy

My digital detritus isn’t quite as old as Chris Coleman’s—I lost a lot of stuff around 2001 to a hard disk crash—but I definitely have a lot of stuff on my current machine that could be chucked.

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Does This Spark USB Joy?

I recently did an audit of what spare USB and other cables I had. It turned out I had a lot of extra cables, most of them for items that I’d disposed of years ago (to recycling, of course.) In the end, I kept one of each cable that matched one I’m currently using with a peripheral attached to my computer, and took the rest down to the local recycling centre.

The worst part of all that excess? I was terrible at putting cables back into the box where they were supposed to go, so they ended up in odd corners getting in the way.

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Two of my old cameras are definitely going to be headed to the recycling centre soon. Put fresh batteries in them and powered up, but sensors are dead. Oh well. The PowerShot G9 is still working though, so I will definitely be getting some more use out of it this year, with luck.

(Yes, I have a decent camera in my phablet phone, but the G9 is easier to handle and more importantly it’s on a strap so not so scared of dropping it!)

One of the cameras is so old it uses CompactFlash memory cards for storage. And of course, I don’t have a CompactFlash adaptor anymore. facepalm

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Going through my Amazon wish lists and thinning them out. Do I really need that book I added on a whim several years ago? Also, choosing ebooks and MP3 over physical media wherever possible.

(Quick plug for CamelCamelCamel, daft name but great price-watcher service.)

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Today, I’ve discovered that:

  • I have way too many USB cables.
  • It helps if the container you’ve stored them in is airtight.

#idontlikedusting