Cleaning up the Clutter

by Christopher Paul on September 18, 2006

I switched themes for a while and I will do away with some of the sidebar information and replace it will static pages to manage or some how get widgets working and link to the information in some other way.  I’ve decided that i have too much clutter in my life and I’m going to do something about it.

Over the next week or two, I’m going to throw out the clothes, CDs, books, and spare computer parts that I have not handled in a two years.  Believe me, its a lot of stuff and I’m sure it can help me stay organized.  The goal is to ‘archive’ things I haven’t touched in six months and throw it out after it ages to one year.  If I haven’t worn, listened to, read, or used any item after that cut off, I toss it.

This is not an easy task for me… I’m a pack rat.  My mother is a pack rat and I come from suburbia where there is space to put junk.  Now that I live in the city, I don’t have the room.  I’m going to start with my computer files and delete things left and right.  The only items I won’t delete are my MP3s and pictures; they stay for a reason.  But games, log files, PDFs – whatever – are gone.

Next, I’m taking care of the computer parts.  I used to keep old USB cables, power supplies, CD-ROM drives – you name it – handy.  I don’t know why, really.  Some it is that I spent good money on that stuff which is mostly worthless now; you know how the computer industry works.  The other reason is that I never know when I’ll need it.  Yes, the CD-ROM is 2x and regular IDE (not E-IDE) but who’s counting?  Actually, Its not that bad but it is a regular DVD-ROM and 16x speed.

And as for CDs?  Most of them are computer CDs – games from 1994 and on.  Some of them don’t work on XP or even Windows 2000 – Windows 98 Second Edition or better (if there is such a thing as better).  Some of old data CDs I made as backups; software that took hours to download over a modem and replaced by newer versions.

So you get the idea.  I’m going to add back some of the things I had in the other theme like the statistics.  But all the fancy Google Maps crap…. GONE!

Hopefully, the cleaner living will rub off in other areas.

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