This is going to be a short blog. Two reasons: One, I have been cleaning out my office in preparation for turning it into a wine tasting room as well as an office. Two, there has been way too much sports in the last few weeks. Events include the Australian Open tennis tournament, Superbowl with the Seattle Seahawks embarrassing the Denver Broncos, 43 to 8! And now the Olympics. I’m a little embarrassed myself to admit that I watch so much sports. Let’s face it though, all of these sports events will go down in history and be remembered for much longer than anything I do. They also take away a lot of time I would usually have for writing a blog.
With history in mind, I am cleaning out the office. This is another occupation that earns you absolutely no money, but becomes a kind of compulsive behavior that is hard to stop. I have a kind of triage going.
What to keep: Old photos – an unbelievable amount of old photos; some documents either legal or personal; original software that is still working, just in case another Vista-like operating system decides that anything not Microsoft is not worth keeping on my computer.
What to Toss: Old maps – even old newspapers are more valuable; Old projects – (While you are doing it a project may take up tons of time and you may be backing up often. When it is over you file it and forget it until the cleaning
compulsion hits.) Old technology. A lot of this goes to recycling and the manuals go to paper recycling.
What to ReUse: This is even better than most recycling but may be too much of a good thing. I now have more CD cases than I will every use. More manila file folders than is sane and more space to suck up with new junk for the next 20 years.
So my maxims for cleaning so far are:
- Save the stories from the Past and piece them together if you can.
- Pay attention to the Present by observing what you do and figuring out why.
- Create the Future as best you can given that it is unpredictable.
One more note… I have been reading a lot of law for the current chapter of my father’s biography. He was an attorney. Just about everything an attorney does, especially if it is contested before a judge, not only goes down in history but to a large extend determines the future. And I’ll bet most of them pay someone else to clean their office.