No project this week

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Due to a family event I didn’t get any clutter cleaning in this week. I had hoped to pack away my remaining Mini-Cons to refresh my display, but I ran into a problem. Remember when I talked about my comics being all over the place? Well, this is true for my Transformers and my instructions. Near the end of my collecting this got disorganized as well. Even a few Mini-Cons aren’t with their package partner, meaning I have some hunting to do. But family comes first, which is how life should be. And I have another next weekend so we’ll see if I have a report or not for you next week. I can’t afford to many breaks to get this project…well close to finished, since maintaining the mess and collections is neverending…which is how I got into this mess in the first place. The mission continues.

Quick Project: Shredding Day!

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You can just barely see in the corner of the picture a cardboard box. Until yesterday this was part of my cleaning process. I had amassed a lot of bills and junk mail and after one of the cleaning project I put stuff in there to be shredded. And promptly forgot to bring them downstairs to be shredded. Over time it kind of piled up and while I was willing to bring a little down at a time, my dad said I should bring the whole thing down so we could go over it. This “quick” project took all afternoon.

However, that’s one pile of papers tossed out or shredded. Now the goal is to not let the pile get that high again. I should read the mail downstairs when I get it and toss out or shred where appropriate rather than bringing it upstairs to read later and never getting around to it. And that’s what I intend to do. I don’t want a pile like this again. Now I just have all of that other reading to do, and other projects to handle. Does this project ever end?

Opening More Closet Space

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First order of business: as of this writing I’ve started restructuring the “clutter for sale” page into a section. Currently I’ve moved the comics and toys to their own pages, and will be working to further clean things up and redo the main sale page to reflect it. I’m hoping to do that during the week.

Next up: So remember that record case my dad bought? Well, he moved all the records he had downstairs to the case, but there were more in the spare room closet, the room that is slowly becoming my multimedia studio. As we were pulling them out he saw all the other cases, most of which was more stuff my late mother had bought and forgot were up here (and at times so did I). My dad moved them elsewhere, where we will have to go over them someday. But now what do I do with that space?

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The Case For Analog Music Storage

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Old Congolese 78 rpm records, being the three ...

Old Congolese 78 rpm records, being the three on the lower left examples of Ngoma discs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tough title to come up with. Thanks to an allergy attack knocking me out for a few days (maybe I should wear a mask when I go out shopping until allergy season is over?) I didn’t get any of my own clutter clearing done. My dad got lucky though. On the aforementioned shopping trip we stopped in at a Goodwill store because he had store credit and needed to use it up before it expired. I got a nice jacket (I still need something more like a windbreaker but I haven’t worn it out yet so it might still be good) but my dad picked up something he’s been looking for since he picked up a new record player, namely a case to put their old records in.

My generation still had vinyl records but we were making the transition to cassette tapes as the 8-track was already looking for a replacement, while the generation after me made the transition to CDs. The current generation has gone from the CD to MP3s downloaded off the internet and it looks like physical media is on the decline…he said not having actually checked sales figures. Now you can get your music any way you want. Vinyl records are actually making a comeback. CDs are still being made, although cassette tapes have gone the way of the 8-track and VHS tapes. Recording on magnetic tape is pretty much dead folks. Now it’s digital (CDs and MP3/i-Tunes) and I don’t see the magnetic tape following records in the retro game.

So what does this have to do with clutter you may ask? Well, it got me thinking of all the ways there are to convert previous formats to digital. We have another record player that can be used to convert records to MP3s, and I can hook a decent cassette recorder to the computer via a headphone to microphone wire. (8-track is still out of luck. I don’t even think you can buy a new machine that plays those and we still have a bunch left that will never be listened to again.) And I was thinking “could someone think that they could convert all their old records and cassettes to MP3 and convert CD files to MP3 and just put them on their player of choice, usually a cell phone or SD card, and then get rid of them in favor of the less space-taking SD cards and flash drives?” and then I thought about why that would be a bad idea, at least as a clutter removal project.

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Three Quick Projects

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So this is what I was going to do this week. The last time I worked on that corner of the closet I had fixed it up pretty well. It’s gotten slightly worse since then even though I don’t toss things back there like I used to. Still, it needed a revisit project…or so I thought. When I actually started I only had to worry about one thing. Not much of a project so I figured why not tackle a few minor projects that still needed a little time to devote to it. So that was this week’s projects.

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Re-doing The Closet Shelf…In Triplicate

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I could have sworn I had written about an earlier attempt to clean this shelf, but I can’t find it. I can’t even find pictures of it. Well I did, not that you can tell from the image above. It’s kind of a mess. There are things I’ve tossed up there just to get them out of my way for a moment and then they ended up there. So this week I decided to fix it up. Originally I was going to continue the RID 1 leaders by looking at the villains, but last week I was sick and this week I was drawn to this project.

I thought this was going to be a quick project report, because it didn’t take long to do. But then I redid it. Two times.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project finale

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Because I don't have enough pictures of these things apparently.

Sick of seeing this yet?

Well, I did it. Part of it. The part I wanted to this week. This project was about organizing the loose comics so I could find what I want out of that group, and I did it. I wish that was it and the comics were now all nice and organized, but that’s not what’s happening here. This mega-project is not the last one for the comics. But it’s another phase done. And I only had to make more work for myself down the line to finish it.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Day 4

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I got further today than I was expecting. I was able to get more alphabetizing done today and I started to put the comics back on the racks in their configuration. This time they’ll be in the proper order and I’m adding the graphic novels into the mix. When I redo the longboxes they’ll go in their proper place. That project however is a long time coming.

For example, I had to stop before I got to my larger “universal groups”. Sonic, Star Trek, and Star Wars have to be properly organized because in this case the alphabet doesn’t apply and without the time to read through them all there’s going to be some guesswork here. However, it’s very important to keep the reading enjoyment going.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Day 3

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Because I don't have enough pictures of these things apparently.

Guarded by Zoids.

The first batch of magazine rack comics were put into the piles on the tables yesterday. Today I plan to grab the other set. After that I re-alphabetize them and take out the non reviewed comics. Maybe. I may come up with something else, perhaps along the same lines as the paper markers that I use in the longbox. Plus the reviewed comics are stickered like I noted yesterday.

At the same time I’m still doing comic reviews over at BW Media Spotlight and today I decided to pull a five-issue series out of the collection that doesn’t invoke the show it’s supposed to tie into, plus it wasn’t all that interesting. So the culling is still going on. So what new collection report can I make here? I found some comics I thought were someplace else. This just makes me wish I had been able to do this last year as I planned.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Day 2

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Because I don't have enough pictures of these things apparently.

Because I don’t have enough pictures of these things apparently.

If one of the goals of this phase is to separate the comics I have and haven’t reviewed, then it looks like the ones I have on the magazine rack should be included. So that’s tomorrow’s plan (or today’s depending on when you read this), to bring these comics, numerous as they are, into the piles on the table. So how do I know which ones I’ve reviewed and haven’t?

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