... If only it were as easy to find tips for dealing with ideas that are dusty or "don't work" as it is to find tips on getting rid of stuff. For instance, here are tips via Consumers Reports for getting rid of "practically anything." But I don't see mention of how to get rid of toss-worthy ideas.
But then, I'm not one to throw ANYthing out. I love "old stuff," which means I sort, store, and squirrel away things like old family photos (several generations back), old letters (my dad's letters to my mother, while he was in Japan after WWII), old books, old toys, old recipe boxes, old buttons, old clothes, VHS tapes, audio tapes, floppy disks, 45- , 33-, 78-rpm records, tablecloths, coffee cups, notecards, postcards, pencils, pens ARGH ARGH ARGH STOP STOP STOP!! The list could go on at great length, trust me.
I have horrifying visions of living in a house where one must wend one's way through stacks and stacks of stuff. I have horrifying visions of my mind being the mental equivalent.
But I can't let go. I know I'm not the only person with this particular problem, what I think of the "don't throw the baby out with the bath water" syndrome. I'm sure part of it comes down to: What if the idea/thing I throw away, which looks so useless right now, turns out to be REALLY GOOD later on? The spark for something magnificent? The hidden treasure? The antique roadshow find-of-the-year? That's the fear, or the hope, that keeps me "holding on."
While browsing around YouTube, I came across this very very short video (probably a student effort) that does a nice job of summing up that hope for discarded ideas, all in just about 30 seconds. Take a looksee and let me know what you think...