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.