Thursday, August 6, 2009
Decluttering...the Mind Map
I've been in a decluttering frame of mind recently, and appreciated this mind map posted by a friend on facebook. It comes from Paul Foreman, a prolific mind-mapper.
Okay, but I do have a confession to make: I am an ambivalent declutterer, not the kind of person who easily or ruthlessly discards material possessions. I think that's because I am also an artist and archivist, and some of the more exhilarating moments of my life have occurred when I've entered a space full of "junk" and been able to dig into the treasure. I can feel as disoriented in a space that is "too empty" as many people may feel in a space that's too full. I do love to approach clutter and reshape and reorganize it, putting like things together and discarding those that seem truly superfluous. But the thrill of chaos, rearrangement, and transformation: I'm in.
This is a fascinating topic, I think, and I'm reflecting on it as I take boxes to the corner for recycling. Anyone else decluttering out there? What kind of poem do you enter when you declutter?