If you look at my in box, there are almost 16,000 email messages. As of 6:00 p.m. today, there are over 16,000 e-mail messages. It's driving me crazy. I don't know why I can't delete messages as they come in. I'm afraid I'm going to delete something important. There are also over 10,000 deleted messages that I haven't emptied from the "delete" folder. I find maintenance items such as deleting unwanted email messages, or photos from my computer SO tedious, that I avoid it until it's just screaming at me (or my computer is starting to run REALLY slow, which is happening right now as well). Ninety-nine percent of the emails I receive are junk, stuff I get because I've ordered something online.
GOAL: Delete 1,000 messages per day until you have deleted everything. Delete as you go is the new "tough love."
I seriously have too much stuff and no where to put it. So, Tough Love Part II is purging, getting rid of stuff, and finding a home for everything else. Part of the problem is that because I have so much stuff, I can't keep everything together in one place, for example, my photography equipment consists of two camera bags, a messenger bag (for day trips), a big, heavy tripod, a DSLR body, a film body, several lenses, several speedlights and four flash stands, film, photo paper (both color and black and white for use in the darkroom), a film tank (plus other stuff). All of this equipment will take up one of my tiny closets in my craft room or office. Not to mention the thousands of photos I have in boxes waiting to be scrapbooked or put into an album.
GOAL: Set the timer for 30 minutes at a time and just go for it.
It's almost overwhelming, but I have to start tackling it in baby steps, and not get discouraged.
Cross your fingers and wish me luck (I'm going to need it!). I feel accountable to all of my many readers :), so I'll be sure to post photos of my progress.