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Hi Yvette,

While I read your latest newsletter on receipt I have kept it open in my Inbox since its arrival on Guy Fawke's day!  I've done that because your messages make so much sense and if I am faced with my Australian conscience every time I switch my computer on - who knows I MAY just act!

I should explain:
- I'm a collector and hoarder;
- I've been blessed with a very good memory which has largely obviated the need to make all that effort to really organise my life.
- My interests include DIY, Computers, Technology, Photography, Electronics and cooking (believe it!).

However!!!! Over many years I have periodically realised that true satisfaction would come from a higher level of organisation. I frequently contemplate a world of labelled containers and files with supporting indexes which would enable me to locate any item almost instantaneously. Heaven on Earth!

O.K - Having identified the need and its solution why on earth hasn't it been tackled?
- Why do I hang on to a collection of faulty TV's, VCRs, computer monitors and dinosaurial computer boxes?
- Why when I know that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time haven't I started? Too many elephants perhaps???
- Why being retired, typically I should have plenty of time on my hands?

- Many retired people I know are bored out of their minds and have real problems filling their days.
- I am NOT one of those, I have many interests competing for my time and in 15 years of retirement have always wondered how I found time to work!

Why have I written this?
- Firstly it is an acknowledgement of the value of your wisdom Yvette;
- It has forced me to think about "Getting Organised" and record some high level issues;
- Printed out and prominently displayed above my computer it will HOPEFULLY spur me to action one of these days!!!!
- When it does (ahem!) Yvette I promise to let you know - BUT please don't hold your breath!

Kind regards

Dave Heard


 I trust things go well for you and your family and you are fully on top of

planning for Xmas. How silly of me to doubt!!
When I responded to your email just over a year back and wrote as below I
must confess it didn't take long for me to consign the thought of all that
effort to the bottom of my priorities.
Now for the good news. All along I had a problem with dumping my old time
tech items - I just couldn't throw them out and didn't want to incur the
cost of repairs when I wouldn't use them again. Last week I decided to make
some space by donating some books to an animal charity and while I was there
learnt they accept non-working VCRs, TV's etc and where repairs cannot be
justified they sell them on to a reclamation facility. This was just the
trigger needed and I have arranged for collection next tuesday. Their
charity shop accepts all manner of things for re-sale so I'll be sending a
variety of other items I'll never use again.
You have probably covered this point in your erudite missives BUT if not, my
problem may be a clue to what holds people back from that step down the road
to "Getting Organised".
I knew what was holding me back but didn't know how to handle it.
I'm now well into sorting out my storage and have a couple of days to
identify other donations and having destroyed many reams of totally
disorganised paper I'm starting to see the proverbial light at the end of
what was a long, dark tunnel!!!!
As I said when I wrote previously an Elephant has to be eaten one bite at a
time. I just hadn't identified how to go about taking that vital first bite.
It's going to take a few more days to sort out (I have too many cupboards I
admit) before I can declare mission accomplished but I'm now determined to
get there!
In the course of this exercise I have used the following
- For each shelf/cupboard/drawer sort the discards from the keepers;
- Be realistically ruthless!;
- Put the keepers back in the area they were in;
- Do that for each area;
- DO NOT move (at that time) any item to a more logical location - that
can come later and will only serve to confuse matters if attempted now;
- As you go along appreciate the space you've created it provides the
motivation needed to carry on!;
- As I was concentrating on the chaos I had created in my "Hobby Room" I looked at whether the location of furniture was sensible and found a more logical place for an item which obstructed access to one of the cupboards. This was particularly satisfying as it provides greater flexibility in where I can locate items I need ready access to.

I now have two days to finish identifying items I'm sending to the charity and I'll then start on the pleasurable task of sorting and finding logical homes for my "keepers" in the enlarged space created.

Yvette, I have no idea how many people write to thank you for your inspiration but please add me to the list.
Your periodic newsletters ensured I didn't forget what I had to do and caused me to identify and solve the problem responsible for my procrastination. Thank you!

May I wish you and yours a merry xmas and a prosperous, healthy new year.

Kind Regards
Dave (Heard)


Hi again Yvette,

 Thanks for coming back to me and your appreciation of my achievement.

Unfortunately I'm resident in South Africa so the charity's identity won't be useful I'm afraid but perhaps a parallel exists in Australia.

Please feel free to use my experience as you wish in your testimonials area but may I ask you to include overcoming the first hurdle I identified and had to overcome before I could take those further bites of the "elephant" I had to eat.

Just as an addendum, I'm off to Kruger National Park on Saturday and only this morning I realised I'm going to have EMPTY cupboard space when I've packed my photography kit etc. in the car.

Equally satisfying is having that space waiting for it on my return home.

Lastly, I have to emphasise the feeling of satisfaction and well-being de-cluttering has brought to my life.

I'm still a hoarder but a far more organised one!

 Grateful regards,



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