We’re renovating, before selling and buying a smaller house. We’ve been in the one place for 20 years (it’s the longest we’ve been anywhere) and there are archaeological layers for me to sort through.
First, I went through all my books. It is amazingly hard to part with books, each one is a friend and represents a certain point in your life.
Looking at what remains on the book shelves, I will have to go through them again.
Now I’m sorting my office/study. This is truly scary. How do you know if something is going to prove important in a year’s time?
I’m being very good. I’m throwing things out by the bag full! (Update. Just threw out 3 large garbage bags full of papers).
I keep telling myself this is good. I’ll be able to think more clearly when it’s all over. A tidy office represents a tidy mind.
Or does it just give me a chance to build up layers of notes and books again?