I keep cables and stuff in one bin, too. I usually wind them up and secure them with twist-ties or masking tape. At work we do this all the time or the cables would take over the desks! We often fold a piece of tape over the cord and put the sticky ends together so it makes a flag stuck to the cord, and then write on the flag what the cord goes to. It's a little thing, but I tell you, it feels so good to grab a cord and tie it up! So empowering, like taming a snake or something.
I think it's important to realize that "decluttering" does not have
to mean "throwing stuff away." Of course it can
, but I think it can also be that as you go through those anonymous heaps in the corner you've been avoiding for years, you realize it's actually good stuff, and that if you just sort it out and store it properly, you'll be able to get value out of it.
Another decluttering thing I've been doing is digitizing a lot of my writing. I like to write by hand, but then I want it typed so it's easier to copy and preserve. I have tons of stuff I've written over the years, going back to childhood and teen years, when paper was the default anyway. I try to type and organize the random bits I find, and if something is especially interesting or unbelievable I scan it, too. But 98% of the originals I eventually trash. Artwork-type things, I keep the originals; but a story I'll type and maybe scan the first page, and then throw away the original. It was a big step for me to do that at first, and now I feel good about it. I remember when I was a kid I had a big cardboard box full of all my art projects and school papers and other stuff from elementary school, and it was stored in the garage and when I was 12 or so it got wet and moldy and ruined.
I would rather take control of my stuff now, preserve it in the way that's most convenient for me, and then not burden myself or anyone else with storing the physical objects any longer.
On the lighter side, I'm constantly
as I read stuff I wrote a long time ago. Like, when I was old enough to know better, like a teenager. All I can say is 1) I read way too many romance novels; and 2) I'm so glad I didn't have to make any important decisions as a teenager, because my value system was WAY off.