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?


Lyle Daggett said...

In my experience, poems mostly begin from clutter.

elena said...

! very interesting.
* A clutter in mathematics is a kind of collection of sets.
And there is this: an article in Scientific American notes that humanity's propensity for data collection is growing at a rate faster than our ability to store it.

Kathy said...

From clutter to cluster, watching patterns emerge...that's how I like to imagine ethnographic "data collection."