As readers of her LiveJournal are aware, kateyule has been on a decluttering kick lately, and we've managed to accumulate four grocery bags of books and one of CDs that we decided we can live without. So yesterday, after I spent most of the morning ripping CDs into iTunes, we headed off with our bags to get the books and CDs back into circulation.
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Amazingly, that whole expedition took less than three hours, including lunch. I spent the afternoon ripping more CDs and making sure that all three computers had the right music on them. But when Kate and I went to consolidate the music collection on the office computer (which I've begun thinking of as "her computer"), we discovered there wasn't enough free disk space to perform the consolidation.
This led to a deep philosophical discussion about extending the concept of decluttering to the office computer. I'd been thinking for some time that it needed a larger hard disk, but to Kate this seemed like buying a bigger house when what was really needed was to keep the current one tidy. My main concern was that by comparison with the multimedia files that we've been adding lately, any space we could reclaim by removing unwanted documents would be just a drop in the proverbial.
But then I thought of a major decluttering option that would free up at least four GB -- I could delete the operating system and all the applications.
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This evening we ate leftovers, did some grocery shopping, and I also did some writing. Most of the word count above is copied in from the previous draft, but I'm getting to the climax and that's demanding a serious rewrite. Expect to see slower progress in the next few days. And when I finish, I need to go back and fix up the timescale a bit, and also restore some of the vast scope that the previous draft had -- the new draft is more personal and visceral for the main character, but as a side effect it's also lost some of its sensawunda.