There are two large sets of shelves in my study, plus one cupboard, plus a couple of tall sets of shelves. From that description, you'd think my study is massive but it really isn't. There's enough room for me to get to the desk, sit down, and sometimes get things done. The problem is that all of these shelves and cupboards are full of stuff but I genuinely didn't know what that stuff was and I could never find things I needed (assuming I even remembered I owned them!). So what did I discover? Bearing in mind I've so far only done one big set of shelves and the cupboard, I'm doing pretty well:
- 3 old laptops (which weigh a tonne) plus one netbook and one router
- 3 old mobile phones
- 2 palm pilots with accompanying gadgets and gidgets
- A lorryload of cables and plugs
- Two sets of speakers, three sets of earphones and two bluetooth earphones (which I don't think work)
- Two big rechargeable torches whose plugs I've been searching for for years and still can't find - bin 'em
- A bunch of multi-port USB ports
- Two spare keyboards, various mouse mats and a brand new mouse (handy!)
- Two portable CD players
- Christmas, birthday, thank you and various other cards, plus wrapping paper
- Pens, more pens and whole boatloads of other pens. Most don't work.
- Post-its. About 20 decks.
- Paper and photo paper for the printer
- Ink cartridges for the printer
- Various recovery CDs for various computers I don't use any more
- A couple of spare backup drives I'd forgotten about completely
- A lot of plastic boxes that are now empty of the crap I'd been hoarding in them
And another bonus? I had been looking to buy a new set of shelves to go in the gym because I didn't have anywhere to put stuff. Turns out if you dump all the stuff you don't need any more and organise the stuff you do, you miraculously find space. Who knew?