I was watching a show about hoarders last night before I went to bed and I started thinking that I have some hoarding tendencies- in real life and in digital form. We have a LOT of things we could get rid of, but they continue to sit in the basement. We also have piles of papers that need to be shredded. We have a good shredder, but I don't see when we're ever going to get through all of it. Our house isn't scary messy, but we do have some clutter issues. The problem is always taking the time to sort everything- what should be kept? what can be pitched? I have the exact same problem with digital files. My hard drives fill up, but I am afraid to delete things- I might need that! Even my email is cluttered, too. A friend commented about her inbox on FB and I checked to see how many messages were in mine: over 13,000. This usually doesn't bother me, because I use labels (Gmail) and can usually find things- I just don't archive everything (clearly). I sometimes worry what will happen when I reach my quota, but then I'll probably just go purge a bunch of emails then. In real life, I think that H contributes to our clutter- since he grew up in a developing country, I think it makes him reluctant to get rid of anything. We have all kinds of outdated electronics and computer equipment, but he doesn't seem to want to get rid of it. I'm not blaming him- I came into our marriage with WAY more material crap than he had, but I think he has some issues with that, too.
So, I'm superficially organized for the semester, but still have plenty to do. I don't teach any labs the first week and the second week is short, so I'll get to ease into the semester a bit, anyway. Maybe organizing is something I should consider doing, too!