Cleaning Out The Folder Box

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I have a couple of these boxes. You’re supposed to put folders in them and keep files in them. This one is filled with random stuff, and after looking for an instruction manual last week I decided this needed to be cleaned out a bit.

I’m not wrong, am I? I hadn’t intended this to be a third junk drawer. Two is more than enough after all. I wasn’t using it at the time so I stuffed a bunch of things in there I’m not sure I need anymore. So this week’s project was to put this in better shape. I ended up finding things in here that I was looking for some time ago, and learned something I didn’t even know, which kind of changes remarks made in the previous Transformer review. Which means I also found some memories, but more “I forgot that” than “I remember this happy moment”. Still, I’ll take it.

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Quick Report: The Walls I’ve Hit

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Well, I hit a few snags this week. I was hoping to go over my games in the XP laptop as part of that project but for some reason it’s not recognizing my gamepad, so I have to figure that mess out. I stayed up too late on Friday and slept half of Saturday away, which is when I work on my clutter projects, so I didn’t have time for that. It doesn’t help that something is up with my air mattress bed and it keeps losing air but only when I actually use it or something. I need to figure out what’s going on there. While looking for the owner’s manual I did find a good project for next week, so I’ll be delaying the last Transformer review of this box another week. I hate days like this because I don’t feel like I’m progressing in this as much as I’d like, but I only have one day within all my other projects (one of which also didn’t get done this week) so it bothers me. Hopefully I’ll be back on schedule next week.

No Clutter Report this week

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I was hoping to get something done yesterday (when I usually do my clutter projects) before going to a family gathering. Unfortunately I got up too late and by the time I got cleaned up and did my usual day stuff I didn’t have time to do much of anything. I’ll be back next week with a new organizing project, but I do hope to test a few more games on the old computer if I have time with other projects I need to complete. That won’t be my discussion topic for next week though, as that’s not nearly as interesting or as pressing as other projects I need to do for my clutter. It’s amazing how far I’ve gotten since starting this but how little can be done once a week, but I have been trying not to add to the clutter I’m trying to eliminate,

Organizing My Cassettes

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I had a bunch of my music cassettes out since I listened to them but putting back was difficult until I reorganized a few things during a couple of other projects. I figured this was a good time to reorganize the cassettes in my collection. While most of the audio dramas are in a book-like case a few others and the tapes with music were in the usual cassette boxes, which I still have. Yes, I still listen to cassettes. I always end up with a player in my car that can play them but not CDs. I do believe in physical media, as I went over with my records. Heck, we’d listen to the 8-tracks if they weren’t all dying on us. Lost some good music and comedy there.

Speaking of comedy there are also comedy albums there, and things I recorded off of TV. Some used the famous method of putting the microphone up to the TV speaker while most came from hooking a boom box to the audio out of the VCR, which is a better system. I also transferred a few CDs to cassette so I could listen to them in the car when we had a radio that could do that. Now we have to hook a cassette player to the computer via the headphone jack on the player and the microphone jack on the computer. My dad also has a record-to-computer convertor I bought for my parents because I thought you could also play regular records on it. You can but you need external speakers and I didn’t know that at the time. However, that had nothing to do with this project so let’s get on to what I’m here to talk about.

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Transformer Christmas Tree 2019

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Not the best angles. All the Transformers Universe figures I’ve reviewed thus far that I’m keeping with you a Merry Christmas. I’ll be finishing this box after Christmas but a bunch of life issues and getting my Christmas comic done by Christmas means the clutter may end up on the back burner the next few weeks. As a bonus here’s a video I shot for my other site that also shows off my Christmas decorations in the studio.

Quick Report: Moving A Pile

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I had a lot of time-swiping events happen this week so I didn’t get to do a full project. I did however manage to do something with this pile left over from the manga and software projects as well as the most recent non-fiction book sorting project. I still need to go over that software but I’ve had this stuff in a rather inconvenient pile in the studio. A few things I actually managed to find a place for, like the video game books. Other stuff I still need to go over, mostly the manga and software. I still plan to but getting close to Christmas and having another project I want to get to after next week’s Transformers Universe review I at least made things a bit easier on myself.

There are times I wonder if once a week is enough but I tend to have a lot of different kinds of projects and a poor job managing it all.

Fixing My Hat Rack

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Hanging near the Bumblebee Shelf are my hats. My mom had come up with the idea of using…I think it’s some kind of pan rack or something not designed for hats, but given all the hats I own (I went through some weird and long collecting phases) it seemed like the best option. Even after this project I don’t think they hang right but I’m not going to waste money on who knows how many racks and while I could build my own I have more important projects right now.

Yes, I collected hats until I had too many, although I might still get one in the future if I really like it. (For one thing I want a good Superman hat to go along with my Batman hat.) Many are based on my favorite shows, places I’ve been, or just have some personal tie to. I did have an outstretched headband I tossed out but otherwise nothing is going in this one. I just have to make it easier to find the hat I want. I have a bad habit of just putting the hat I wore last on a coat rack with the intention of putting it back on the rack later and then failing to do so. I think that’s how clutter starts for all of us. So when I want a particular hat I have to hunt to find it while knocking other hats behind the couch piece or I have a big stack of hats on top of my coat rack. I know I’m going to be doing this again in the future, so here’s how I did it this time.

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The Non-Fiction Book Stack

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Last week I cleaned up one of the bottom shelves, but I was hoping to get two of them done. It turned out the one shelf was more work than planned. It might be because of my condition lately or that there was more stuff there than I realized but regardless it meant doing the other shelf this week. I stacked this well enough the last time I went over all my books but somehow it ended up in a mess. I don’t even remember how. They were decent enough stacks. Maybe they fell over while I was doing something else? At any rate this week I wanted to turn this…

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…into something closer to the first picture. No, I can’t figure out how it got all messed up. The point is it did and I want to do it over.

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Cleaning To Find A Particular Case

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The Transformer reviews will resume in a few weeks but I had an actual project this week. My dad was doing a little clutter organizing of his own this week and came across a bunch of photos. I was sure I had taken a similar picture of one photo in particular but I can’t find that photo album. I thought I would check old Clutter Reports to see if I could find it, but I found something else instead, the case in the lower right of this photo. It’s one I’ve been trying to find recently so now I knew where it was. The problem is that area looked like this.

For reasons I can’t explain trying to do one project led to clutter ending up in another area and there are times I remember just how big a project this is. So this week I decided to clean this area up not only to find my case but because it looked like crap. Thus was my mission this week.

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Redoing The Project List

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This is my old list. Since I first made this list of clutter projects I need to do I have actually completed some of these projects. Not all of them, but most of them. I did end up redoing the list before, but this week I decided to remake the list from the bottom up, including some of the outstanding projects while listing new ones, including a couple of returning projects. I didn’t stop there though. This week was a real list fest, but since that’s only interesting for so long, let’s talk about the benefits and negatives of making one of these lists. The goal is to be a master of the clutter, not trading “clutter slave” for “project slave”.

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