Introducing summer 2008 Intern Julia

Unclutterer readers, I would like to introduce you to Intern Julia. She is on loan to us for the summer from the College of William and Mary, where she will be a junior this fall. We picked her out of all of the other intern applicants because she is quite gifted at writing and, most importantly, she made us laugh. She continues to entertain us even though we keep throwing data management work at her–what a trooper! Please give a hearty welcome to Intern Julia!

Hello internet. I am Julia, and I am a reformed clutter freak.

I used to keep nearly everything, with the vague idea I might need it someday. Finding it, however, was a different story. Since my floor served second-duty as a shelf, cleaning it was like embarking on a small-scale archaelogical dig. This, I thought, made me artsy and deep.

One day, in the midst of exams, I realized that I couldn’t think clearly among all that mess. I’d always prided myself on organizing information well, such as when it came to argumentation and schoolwork, but my personal space was a different monster. All my stuff was weighing me down. It was stressing me out. It was making it difficult to put things into my brain. Perhaps I was collecting all that junk as a buffer, to sit between me and adulthood. But, that old pair of sneakers and the pile of newspaper clippings and ticket stubs really were not going to do that for me. Needless to say, I’ve pared down my possessions to a managable level, and I live better because I (try to) live simply.

That’s what drew me to Unclutterer. This blog isn’t just about neat clean surfaces, or finding humorously useless items on the internet (see: bizarre battery-eating contraption). It is about reassessing what you really need, and letting go of the rest. I’m happy to be here and I look forward to typing to you again.

18 Comments for “Introducing summer 2008 Intern Julia”

  1. posted by Shanel Yang on

    Hi Julia! That godawful thing was your find? Co-ol! Welcome and look forward to more of your unique humor. : )

  2. posted by Melissa on

    Welcome! Looking forward to more articles from you!

  3. posted by Julie on

    Welcome! I am also Julia & I hope to read more of your writing; it will inspire me to be a better Julia. :)

  4. posted by aisa on

    hi julia! i’m an 06 w&m alum (go tribe!) who also loves this blog. small world. look forward to reading more from you!

  5. posted by Monica on

    Hi Julia,
    look forward to reading more from you. I wish I could say I am a reformed clutterer. I agree, it’s definitely a drain factor. One of the excuses I use is that I just don’t have enough space for all my stuff but we all know that’s just a lame excuse. Anyway, welcome, good luck, look forward to your entries amidst the data management.

  6. posted by Erica on

    Hey, Julia, welcome to Unclutterer. Great intern gig to have! Looking forward to reading your posts along with everyone else’s.
    Best wishes from a W&M alum!

  7. posted by supafrantastic on

    Hi Julia! Can’t wait to hear more from you. You have such a great sense of humor. :)

  8. posted by CyntheaD on

    Welcome Julia! Hope your new intern gig will be fun and educational. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  9. posted by jocelyn on

    Hurrah and welcome!

  10. posted by Sheri on

    Mazal Tov Julia on your new position. A wish from a reader: It is the season for moving to new homes. We are moving over the next week and could use a post on moving. Thanks, Sheri

  11. posted by Jess (W&M '02) on

    Yay Julia! And I’ll just add to the others– go Tribe! Nice to see all the W&M love, and to know I’m not the only one who is still trying to get everything together!

  12. posted by Tara on

    Welcome, Julia! What a fun place to be an intern — I love this blog. Looking forward to reading more from you over the course of the summer!

  13. posted by Valerie on

    Welcome, Julia!

    Less is liberating! :-)

  14. posted by Doug on

    Welcome Julia! From someone who is married to a W&M alum. My wife (class of ’01) loves the Tribe.

    I work nearby at CNU.

    Enjoy your summer and I look forward to reading your stuff.

  15. posted by Alex Fayle on

    Welcome Julia and I’m so glad to hear you’ve managed to conquer (or at least control) the virulent Someday Syndrome!

    Have a great summer at Unclutter!

    Cheers,
    Alex

  16. posted by Sarah on

    Welcome, Julia!

    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson couldn’t have been wrong. Look where the W&M education got them! Looks like you’re off to a good start.

  17. posted by Doreen on

    Hey Julia,
    You are lucky to have started your uncluttering now at this age. I wish I had thought of it when I was in college…in the 80’s (ouch). Best of Luck!

  18. posted by Ashley on

    Hello Julia,

    I’m looking forward to reading articles from you :)

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