Thinking about Excess

When is what you have too much? I’ve been thinking about this while watching the A & E television show Hoarders for the last few months. While not all of us go to extremes with collecting or have a mental health condition that makes us hoard and acquire too much stuff,  we all do have too much of something. This “too much” hangs out in our office and workplace. Likely storage places  for our excess are desk drawer, office cabinets and in the bookshelves. Now’s a good time to streamline your workspace and get rid of the excess.

At work

Scrap paper

Business trade magazines

Old business cards and outdated stationery

Examples (items saved to give us ideas)

Media we have no longer have the ability to “read” – Floppies, Videotapes

Software and clip art we no longer desire to use

Dried out markers and pens

Novelty items from vendors

Old breath mints and lotion

Spend some time over the next week, culling the excess, you will be glad you did.


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One response to “Thinking about Excess

  1. Fred

    The good point that I see Terry making here for hoarders (and I must admit to suffer from this malady to a certain extent) is to at least get in the habit of culling the obviously disposable “stuff”. If we can take the small baby steps toward doing that, maybe we can the bigger steps with things that may be perceived as more “hoardable” . Last summer I had the unenviable job of clearing out my mother’s storage shed since she was moving from her house to assisted living. What made it much easier for me was that much of it had been damaged by mice and so was eminently disposable by any standard. Since my sibling is an extreme hoarder, what I noticed is that he had extremely valuable momentos (photos, etc.) mixed in with truly worthless riffraff like junk mail. The consequence of hoarding is that everything – genuinely valuable and inherently worthless – in a sense gets reduced to disposable status. The hoarder’s fear of losing something valuable is paradoxically heightened by the indiscriminate saving of everything, because whoever cleans up after the hoarder is more likely in turn to indiscriminately dispose of all of it.

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