Saturday, September 15, 2012
I feel it. The release that comes from decluttering. This time it is my technology decluttering project. Up until the moment that my husband removed the Canon printer and took it away to a charity, leaving the new Canon Pixma printer in the box, I never realized how incredibly heavy the weight was of typing on my old Dell desktop while staring over at that printer that just hasn't worked in weeks, if not months.
Like so many decluttering projects, this included many futile efforts to get it to work right. Yes, it turned on just fine, but for some reason, it just stopped connecting to our desktop to print. Nothing we did worked out right. Although I have the strange feeling that this same printer will some day work out well for someone else.
It was just time. And now there is a space that awaits the new Canon, this one black and shiny, our first wireless printer, with far more capability than any other of the ones before. This one was purchased on a trip to a computer store, something that we don't usually do any more.
The huge mobs of people in that area of the city reminded me of how I just don't shop in those stores much any more, spending more time on line. In fact, I am part of the growing movement of people who will spend a lot of time researching online, making calls, etc. before I ever step foot into a store to check out the goods.
With my husband's busy schedule, we didn't stop to browse through the laptops, software, and other "goodies" there. We just picked up the huge box and lugged it to the cashier, then headed out. It occurred to me then that many times we order via Internet now, even for computer goods.
This might be the surprising part. Before we headed to the store, I wondered if I was sad to part with the old Canon printer, but what I felt was immediate relief that my husband picked it up and lugged it out the door. Even before the new printer is set up, I feel lighter, like a heavy weight has been lifted off my life.
Today I plan to spend a lot of time going through the home office space to figure out what stays, what goes. I'm determined to eliminate any old items that serve no purpose any more. They will be tossed, recycled, or donated, but this technology decluttering is on!
Next week it will be all about laptops, but right now it is about releasing from our lives what we no longer need or use, making more space for new opportunities and possibilities.
This new printer already opens new possibilities as it is wireless, able to print from my Iphone, and has all kinds of other capabilities that older printers did not. Although I used a printer much less than I did a few years ago, I missed having one for the times I did need to print. And need I can even print off photo images, too, instead of describing digital photos to my mother.
It is a beautiful day, but I feel like I need to go with the decluttering while I have the momentum. I can feel the flow of energy that comes from removing obstacles, and I just want to continue that process. Clutter drains energy, causes a loss of focus, and wastes a lot of time. I'm just ready to get this done. Maybe I'll even figure out how to set up this new printer all by myself!
Now I will use Peter Walsh's advice to make a super effort to get this space ready before I even set up the printer later tonight. Walsh advises envisioning the purpose of the space, and that will help me get through this next part.
Here are the decluttering principles from Peter Walsh:
1. Decluttering your home is the first step toward living your ideal life.
2. Imagine the life you want and hold that in your mind as you work through the process.
3. Figure out what your goal is for a room. If an item doesn't serve that goal, get rid of it.
4. If you don't love it, use it, wear it, or have room for it, get rid of it. It's clutter.
5. The clutter doesn't appear overnight and won't disappear overnight.
6. Live firmly in the present moment, not the past or future. If you're holding onto things that you don't use, figure out why. Memory? Hope? Gift? Fear?
7. Break down decluttering into small manageable tasks.
8. If you don't make decluttering a way of life, the clutter will creep back into your life.
9. Decluttering teaches you how to verbalize what is important to you and to make choices based on those priorities.
10. Recognize and celebrate every space that's decluttered. It will motivate you to keep going.