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.