OK, I have a confession to make. I’m something of a packrat. I’m not yet ready to be featured on an episode of Hoarding, thankfully, but I do tend to hang on to things “in case I might need it later.”
But I’m working on purging my belongings. It’s a slow and painful process because I’ll make good progress and then I’ll come across something that I just know I’ll need again someday. It all goes downhill from there.
I’m not here to talk about my struggles with physical things, however. I’m talking today about being a digital packrat. Yes, there is such a thing. Last week, I started with 6,782 emails in my inbox, dating back to 2007. Yep. I know, sad, isn’t it? So I have started deleting them. I don’t try and delete them all in one day (cannot possibly imagine how long that would take) and some I have to look at again because, really?, there might be some important information from 2008 that I might need again this year.
Today, I’m down to 4,677 emails in my inbox. Maybe once I get that down to a manageable number, I’ll start looking through my digital photos because I’m sure there are some that should be deleted.
I have 12,967 pictures, after all.