Life is like my iPhoto library

A couple of weeks ago, my Macbook started warning me that my startup disk was almost full and that I had to do something to create some space.  In the process of running software to help with these types of situations, I discovered the simplest was to create space was to clean out my iPhoto library.

Like most people, I mostly use my phone for taking pictures.  It is handy and it never seems to run out of room.  However, over three years of snapping pictures of almost everything and downloading them to my laptop, they were taking up a huge chunk of space.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've gone into my iPhoto library and deleted useless garbage photos in 100, 200 and 300 photo chunks.  I've made it through a year or two and freed up plenty of space.  It struck me this morning that this process is a lot like life.

Sometimes we need to declutter to improve our performance.

As we sort through the memories we're going to wonder why we've held onto things for so long.

When we let go of our attachment to things, it makes it much easier to throw stuff in the trash.

We've lived in this house for over 15 years.  Unfortunately, it has become a lot like my iPhoto library, full of memories and stuff that we will likely never use.  With spring in the air, we've begun the process of cleaning up our physical spaces and decluttering.  And while it's tougher than deleting crappy photos, it feels extraordinarily good to let go of things.


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