Toni Marie Amann writes that it’s a mistake to put “magazines and other recently received items into the basket.” If someone goes through your things without giving you the opportunity to tell them what to do with it, or simply without looking at it, “all the items are freed from the traditional shelf-life of at least 30 days, according to a widely accepted protocol: take a few months to dispose of, then discard.” Posthumous books on hobbies and foreign languages at the library should go into the recycling bin, not the overhead pile of bookshelves, the Japanese author advises.

Much more important than what they are is what they take out. Amann recommends writing down any ideas that just occur to you and declaring that ideas are like people, “real people can only remember so many ideas before their memory runs out.” By writing them down, you’re making them real. “Enforced eternal thinking encourages limited memories,” she says. Longingly reading an essay written back in your dorm room on Marchettini, or whatever it is you love, in that moody way you should do it as opposed to desperately searching for the exact words, you’ll always remember the moment.

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