What Do You Do With Old Notebooks?
Are you a journaling enthusiast? (Do you like movies about Gladiators?) Or perhaps you started journaling to work through a difficult patch. In any case it’s likely you’ve got more than a couple of notebooks stashed somewhere collecting dust and depending on your perspective on the matter and available storage capability, you’re wondering what to do with all that creativity, thoughtfulness or angst. Unclutterer answered a reader’s question regarding disposal of old journals and sketchbooks. The answer, it turns out, depends on the reason one started journaling, though that’s not always the most important consideration. I am of two minds on the issue. I like reading old journals, particularly whenever I come across a list of goals or the genesis of a project I’ve since completed. It makes me feel like ten Christmases when I spy a wish list and discover that I accomplished or acquired everything and I cross the stuff off. On the other hand, I am definitely wary of hanging on to stuff out of obligation, guilt or a combination of both. That said, it’s pretty easy to be dispassionate on the matter when you’re not actually engaged in the activity. This became increasingly clear to me when I came across a couple of journals I kept after graduate school while I was on a hopeless and demoralizing job search. Reading the journals beamed me back to a pretty miserable time, which thanks to my fantastic writing skills, was faithfully and vividly rendered on the page. Those journals got stomped on, soaked in the bathtub and eventually burned to cinders. I contemplated backing over the journals with my car, but figured tire damage would mitigate any satisfaction experienced would be short lived. So spill. What do you do with your old journals/notebooks?