The Happiness Project: Eleven Myths of De-Cluttering.

During a scheduled internet outage at work, I took a stack of papers from my “I’ll probably never need this stuff but I need to go through it one more time before I chuck it” stack, and headed to the copy room, where there’s a big recycling bin.

A colleague did a double-take as he walked by, then poked his head in the door.  “What are you doing?” he asked.

I shrugged. “Just throwing some stuff away.”

He staggered.  “You!??”

I paused, in mid-chuck.  “The internet’s down,” I reminded him.

I really didn’t think I was that bad… yes, the stack of “I’ll throw this away as soon as I go through it one more time” got so high that I had to start a second stack next to it, but I’ve shaved off a good 18 inches in the past few days.

Anyway, this de-cluttering advice gives me a heart-warming goal:

Somewhere, keep an empty shelf.