Shed, Don't Store

You’ve carefully created your do, defer, and dump piles. You’ve labeled color-coded manila folders, bought fancy filing systems, and stored every single last email gunking up your inbox into archives inside Outlook. You’ve reached that rarified state of organized bliss.

Or have you? Managing your time takes a lot more than just getting organized. It also takes shedding your stuff—getting rid of what doesn’t matter so you have some brain space left to keep from feeling overwhelmed. (Some people are taking this task quite literally.) Julie Morgenstern, who will start blogging here within the next few days, says just that, in her new book, “When Organizing Isn’t Enough: SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life.”

Of course, making those decisions—whether it’s about e-mails, needless meetings, or at home, that suit at the back of your closet you haven’t worn in years—isn’t easy. Here’s your chance to ask Julie for her advice.