Not everyone will find this fascinating, but at the very least I want my friend Sarah the professional declutterer to know about it. Here’s what I took to the dump today:
That box full of paper may not look like much, but I weighed it at 28.7 kg. A single sheet of regular 80 gsm A4 paper weighs 5 g, so that’s the equivalent of 5740 pages. Some of this is cardboard, so I didn’t actually dump 5000 pages here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was 4000.
In front of the box is more electronics — things like a functional-but-noisy spare power supply for the Xbox 360 “just in case”, a couple of video cards that may be perfectly functional but won’t plug into a computer that I own and are too much trouble to re-sell for the tiny prices they’d fetch, and iPod whose Back and Menu buttons have stopped working, two personal stereos from the days of cassettes, and the first digital camera I ever owned (640×480).
Those who are particularly observant may have noticed that there are also fewer records in the shelf to the right than there were back in computing paraphernalia of yesteryear. In fact, I have sold all my LPs — about 120 of them, mostly prog and heavy rock from the 70s and 80s. I haven’t listened to them in probably a decade, and I have them all as MP3s now anyway (although see the copyright-related moral dilemma that now pertains). The LPs now in that shelf are Fiona’s, moved across from the music room so that she has shelf-space there and can declutter some of her surfaces.
We are decluttering machines!