Redoing The Art Drawer Dividers

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This one didn’t work out the way I wanted. The goal of doing the drawer dividers for the metal drawer box I store my art supplies in was to make the dividers cheap but also modular. The cheap part thanks to the cardboard worked but modular it wasn’t. I couldn’t make the tabs and slots work the way I wanted. So I decided this week, with access to some new and somewhat stronger cardboard I tried again.

Spoilers: It didn’t work as planned. On the plus side I think I learned something while doing this and I’m not sure I can do what I really wanted to do. So here’s what I ended up doing this time and some ideas I have going forward.

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Victory On The Email Project

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Well, I did it. Actually I went a bit over the current goal but still not fulfilling the complete goal. My immediate goal was to get both my “work” and “personal” emails read up to 2018. I did that with the “work” email but the personal email was actually a lot easier. While the “work” email has potential “evergreen” articles I can use for my other site (and even some for this one should I resume this project or just not have time to do a full project, which has happened, the “personal” account had mostly offers for stuff that are no longer valid and outdated news reports. So I ended up cutting out a lot of it. That one is pretty much done, though I still have more in the “work” email to go through.

Meanwhile I’ve managed to keep up to date with new articles, being a day or two behind at the most thanks to what I’ve learned doing this. That’s certainly going to make things easier. Hopefully I won’t need another email project to get all caught up but it could be a good project if I’m tired or otherwise too ill to do any of the major project or a photo shoot for reviews, which will leave me with potential filler articles for you guys in the future.

However I do want to get back to the physical projects. With luck next week will be the redo of the homemade drawer dividers. Of course my plans aren’t always successful so we’ll have to wait and see.

Video On Using “The Realtor Game” To Fight Clutter (+ email update)

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Well, this week I succeeded in getting my “work” email up to 2018, so I started with my personal email. I got that up to February of 2020. Once that’s up to my goal of finishing all the way to the end of 2018 (which is reading everything through 2020 and 2019) I’ll start a different project. In the meantime I saw a video on a different website (it’s been a week or two of going through emails so I’m not sure which one) that I thought would be interesting. Ellen Lancaster plays realtor to show her what needs to be cleaned. Check this out.

Filler Article: 5 Common Clutter Mistakes (plus email project update)

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So this weekend (if you count Friday) basically took a bit out of me and I didn’t get started on stuff the way I wanted. That and making the mistake of dealing with both my e-mail backlog and my YouTube backlog at the same time (needing a nap after getting a late start hurt me too) meant I only got to clean out e-mails from June back to half-way through March. This was a goof on my part. Using the YouTube videos to give my eyes a break isn’t a bad idea, but trying to listen to videos I didn’t need to watch (and of course watching the ones I did) while going over newsletters to see if there was anything to read, linking to the website to read it when the video was done, and then going over all those tabs was not as helpful as I’d hoped. Kind of annoyed really as I’ve been doing so well I was convinced I’d get through 2019 this week, at least for the “work” e-mail backlog.

Meanwhile, I came across an article about the five common mistakes of clutter organizing…or the lack thereof…and admittedly I’m probably guilty of a few of these myself. Though as longtime readers know I prefer to make my own organizers out of cardboard rather than spend money on fixed dividers.

Email Update + Article Link: Declutter The Home Office

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First, an update on the project: Continuing my trip backwards in time (that’s how it feels anyway) I’ve gotten through all the emails up to June of 2019. However, I did have some help because a few months are missing, probably due to one of my previous attempts at this. I found there were a few emails I missed, like one around December 2019 that I’m sorry I missed and I can’t wait to see how many of those I had in 2016, when all my medical issues went down. Will keep you posted.

Going through these emails has found me a few “evergreen” articles I can use for my other site, and thanks to some clutter-clearing sites I’m subscribed to a few articles to have something on this site during the virtual clean-up. To that end here’s an article from Simply Leigh Organized, a professional declutterer, on how to make your home office less of a mess. On a similar wavelength I found a piece of cardboard I’m hoping will be perfect for redoing the DIY organizer in my art supplies drawers and as soon as I’ve reached my goal of at least getting through all of 2019 (which includes two separate email accounts, the work account and the personal one) I can get to work on that. So there is a new project in the future.

How to Stay Motivated

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As I continue going through emails I wanted to give you guys something to read, so here’s a link to another clutter organizing site (I wish I could do that like I used to before the service I used discontinued) to get you motivated in your own clutter maintenance. Now back to reading emails.

Clearing Clutter

It has been some long dog days of summer. How do you stay motivated to declutter in this heat? We have no air conditioning in the house so all I want to do is hang out in my basement or jump in a fresh water pool.

Here are some ideas to keep things moving in the right direction (out):

  • Go back to your why you want a clutter-free home
  • Read quotes
  • Have an accountability partner (I am available if needed)
  • Make a list of the order you will declutter
  • Block the time on your calendar
  • Set up a date for an organization to pick up your donations

I was going through my book shelves with photo albums this week. Although I didn’t get rid of any photo books, I did take out photos that I no longer remembered peoples names (think youth summer camps). Thought that was a good start…

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Quick Report: Email & Hiatus

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This week I did some more email catching up. I was hoping to finish the whole year’s worth of emails. Yes, my backlog is that bad. I only made it to April, as if to further emphasize the point. I think I want to focus my Saturdays on getting caught up on this project, but it’s kind of boring to write “I did more emails” week after week so I think I’m going to pull away from new reports until this is done, or at least until I catch up to 2019. On both my work email and my personal one, the latter of which I didn’t even get to. If I take time to do other projects, like if I get the cardboard I need to redo the art supply drawer, or some other project that needs to be done, I’ll report on it. Otherwise there won’t be new updates until the clear 2019 emails goal at least is reached.

If you’re curious what else I’m up to in the meantime, check out my other website, where I discuss the art of storytelling via various methods. Some reviews I’ve done here came from there and vice versa, and of course the book report I do comes after the Chapter By Chapter weekly reviews. Otherwise I hope to be back here soon when I have projects to report on but these inboxes aren’t going to clean themselves and I’ll be using the methods discussed in previous email-clearing articles. Stay safe and keep decluttering!

Quick Report: Virtual Clutter Cleaning Inspired By Tropical Storm?

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Tropical storm Isaias didn’t hit Connecticut directly but we did get some of the outskirts of the storm. As I write this parts of the state are still without power, but we were lucky and only lost power for a few hours. For some reason my laptop battery wasn’t charged despite being on the docking station, which yes was plugged in wise guy. I thought I had some movies on my tablet…nothing major, just some fan films I had downloaded but I didn’t. Also I hadn’t charged it since the last use and it was down to 2%. Luckily my dad’s laptop was working so we watched a DVD to help pass the time and played some games. His tablet was also charged…and has more storage space than mine.

So for this week’s project I wanted to put some of those movies on the tablet’s microSD card so if this happens again I’ll be ready. Except there wasn’t any on my computer. It was all on the backup drive, so I went there and not only downloaded a few videos to keep me occupied but reorganized some of the videos and deleted multiples I didn’t need that showed up when I altered the file system on my old computer. It was kind of like doing two projects at once. Now if I could figure out how to clean the junk out of the tablet that’s sucking up all the storage space.

Quick Report: Junk Drawer 2: Junk Harder

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This week’s project was all about reorganizing the big junk drawer. Frankly there were a whole lot of changes from the last report I did on organizing the drawer so there’s not a lot to add. A little switching things between bags, throwing out a few things I’ll probably never use or are broken…not much. It was a necessary project and I’m glad I did it. Now it will be easier to find stuff if I ever go through it. That’s really all I have to report this week.

More E-Mail Decluttering

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It was too hot up here in the attic HQ to do any work, and I’m going to need stronger cardboard to redo the mini-drawer organizers anyway. (I may have to design them before putting them in, which should be a good project. The set in there now is the result of being designed as I went rather than really planning anything out.) So this week I went through my e-mails.

My e-mail box gets cluttered up a lot. Not counting the year I was away from my computer most of the time due to being in the hospital the various projects I work on doesn’t always leave me time to really go through them. I do have some tips for how to make it easier and I even manage to take some of my own advice on this. Sadly, not enough or this wouldn’t be a recurring topic on this site, now would it? 😉

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