Organizing My Art Making Papers

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Luckily, R2 doesn’t get nosebleeds.

Most of the art I do these days are digital, with the “artputer” running Clip Studio Paint. That doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned good ol’ fashioned paper as a thing to draw on though. I still enjoy regular drawing, but for most of my current projects I find digital to be easier. That said the various drawers I have my drawing and other art making paper in are kind of mess. So this week the goal was to make it less of a mess. If I want to find my bristol, my computer paper, my carbon paper, or my construction paper among other paper types I need to make that easier.

These various papers are stored in three different drawers; one drawer is part of the set of metal drawers and the other two the plastic drawers by the desk. This is the first project in Operation: A Place For Everything, which I mentioned but didn’t give a name to in last week’s v-log. The mission is to reassess how I store things and dedicate a particular spot for a particular need. The metal drawer box was already “assigned” to “special papers”, stuff I don’t use very often but might have a use for in the future. The other two I really didn’t designate for any particular purpose so things were not as organized as I’d like. So deciding to start with an easy one for Operation: APFE (I’ll work on that) getting this part of the art corner together seemed like the right way to go.

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Special V-Log: The Big 2022 Reassessment

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Most of this v-log is about other projects but I do start with discussing plans for decluttering projects and Clutter Reports related articles this year, which plays into a larger theme for 2022. I get through your stuff early in case you don’t care about the other stuff I work on.

This weekend I’m just going to be taking down the Christmas decorations but I’ll start next week with the project I mentioned in the v-log. Here’s hoping this year I don’t get sick again and can actually accomplish my goals.

Update: Hello, 2022…Please Don’t Be Like 2021!

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I was planning this as a v-log, which I’ll still do later this week. However, I did want to post something so you all knew I was still around. 2021 was that kind of year, what with me getting sick from who knows what and then needing surgery to remove a hernia. It hasn’t helped that over the last few days I’ve really been feeling terrible. Dreams are by nature a bit weird, they only exist in our subconscious or wherever (I’m not anywhere close to being a dream or brain expert) but over the last few days my dreams have felt…”creepy” isn’t the right word, but there’s been a certain unsettling atmosphere to them that would leave me feeling disconnected during the day, like I was wearing my body instead of inhabiting it. I don’t know if it was the weather, which has been unusually warm and wet for the end of December and start of January, or some other issue, which is why I need a few more days to pull myself together. I’m still feeling a bit iffy and frankly it’s a bit scary (I’m not sure if this is mental, medical, or spiritual but with my luck it’s all three) but at least last night I didn’t have that problem. Maybe I just need to get out of this house and do something? Between my own medical issues and the continuing 2020 plague panic I really haven’t gone out much on top of not having the money to go anywhere or anything to do if I did. Even an introverted homebody like myself has limits and I think lately I’ve gone way past those limits, which may be part of my problem as well. All this is why the v-log didn’t get made as well as a few things I wanted to discuss in it not getting done. Once I do those the v-log will happen. I just need a few extra days now thanks to all this.

So if you’re reading this at The Clutter Reports I should have an extra posting for you this week which is the v-log and maybe nothing to report outside of pulling down the Christmas decorations. If you’re reading this at BW Media Spotlight there will (depending on how the mental health thing goes) still be the next Chapter By Chapter review of Star Trek: Prime Directive as the book is nearly done. Expect a full summary book report at The Clutter Reports when that happens. If you’re reading this at The Tronix Tumblr…sorry if this posted more than once; I’ll fix it and if the full post doesn’t come up I’ll post the full thing there. My news really won’t affect the Tumblr much but the other two sites and my YouTube channel will.

The short version is that this year I’m going to be doing a bit more assessing, though I do want to get at least some of the creative projects I was denied doing in 2021 (either due to the aforementioned medical issues or as a side effect of recovery and finding the energy) accomplished in 2022. It depends on how and when I get sick again, so this is less a “I’m going to” and more “I’m going to try”. The assessment stuff in action will be more visible at The Clutter Reports than BW Media Spotlight because that’s just the nature of the sites. A lot of the assessment involves the physical junk around me, but you’ll see more results at BW and I’ll try to keep folks updated. It will all be in the v-log when I get it done.

So I hope your year is starting off well and I’m hoping to resume operations before the month is out. I just have to deal with some mental health issues (and hopefully no other ones) and pull myself together. Hopefully I sound worse than I am and will get back to doing stuff soon, before the week is out God willing. I’ll explain more of 2022’s plans in the v-log (because that went soooooooo well in 2021…did I accomplish ANYTHING I set out to do?) but I just wanted to let you all know what the hold-up is and what’s going on with me. Have a good year, everyone!

Christmas Decorations 2021

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I didn’t put the Transformers around the little try like I usually do because I just wasn’t up for it this year. In addition to the issues I talked about last week the weather has just been in this state of eternal blah and the last few days especially both my dad and I have been victims of it, needing to take a nap during the day no matter how long we slept the night before. It’s been a rough year and I’m just happy I was able to get them up at all. Hopefully next year I can find or make a better platform that won’t have  larger Transformers barely on there while Mini-Con “kids” keep falling over. We’ll see what happens next year.

I’m going to be devoting project time to other things so we’ll hopefully see you for a better 2022. Until then have a Merry Christmas (or your holiday of choice but I hope December 25th is a good day regardless of what you do or don’t celebrate) and a Happy New Year.

Christmas Decorating Vs. Clutter

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This is usually when I post this year’s Christmas decoration set-up before taking a Christmas break. As I write this the article is late by closing on five hours and the decorating isn’t done. I haven’t even taken any pictures because I’m just exhausted…and I wish that was the only issue.

When I do get it decorated, possibly some time tomorrow, you’ll see what I’ve arranged. As it turns out it won’t be as nice as previous years. The problem is that with all the sick time this year and this weird situation I’ve mentioned before where clearing one area led to clutter in another area has actually led to me losing access to one corner of my studio even though I’ve managed to open room in my bedroom. This is all my personal clutter as the house itself has gotten better, meaning my dad, who isn’t doing a regular weekly declutter project, is having more success than I am.

I’m hoping that in 2022 and possibly even somehow during these last weeks of 2021 I can get myself into a proper work and declutter pattern. I want to do more video content for my other site along with all the usual articles and weekly comic strip. I’m not even doing my annual Christmas superhero comic and I’m worried I won’t have the planned video review ready either. However, only so much can be blamed on how sick I’ve been this year since that doesn’t excuse the times I’ve been healthy, few as those days have been this year. After the surgery I could have done more smaller projects and I have to ask what happened when I could lift heavier things again.

I think I figured out the main reason I’m failing versus how good I was doing when I started this site. I don’t have a place for a bunch of this stuff. I don’t have a place for the photo stage my dad put together. I don’t have a place for the big lamp now that a small TV that belonged to my late uncle is sitting there…which is really why I have an inaccessible corner. What I really need is to better find a location for all this stuff and my emphasis for 2022 need to be removal over simply reorganizing. This is probably going to be the heaviest decision making but not being a hoarder is more than not adding to what’s there. I still need to better organize and that’s going to be a goal as well, but there are things I’m going to have to sell off or toss out and I have to accept that moving on.

As soon as I do have this year’s decorating done I’ll show you the picks, but I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and we’ll see you in 2021 while I start doing some thinking.

The Drawers Reorganized Again

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Normal is an illusion in my life. Here’s an example: how does one organizing project undo another? When you’re me mostly. Only having a day a week for these projects lead to some projects leaving things to be closely examined in later project, but I need a place to put them. So this set of drawers ended up taking on a few extra items and turning from the lovely display here to a mess when I did the hunt for electronics manuals recently. Between that and rethinking a few things led to this week’s project.

With the drawer a mess again the goal was to get it back to something usable, so I can find things in the future. Taking things I’ve learned in prior project and putting them here I have something I can work with.

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Quick Report: Some Random Projects

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At best this report is “I did a few things”. Basically I only opted for a few smaller projects this week because it’s what I wanted to work on. While I’m strong enough physically to take on more intense projects again this week my brain just wasn’t in it. At least I…

  • …cleaned up a small area of my bedroom which including throwing out a pair of shoes that I can’t wear anymore. The sides are out of shape so wearing them really wasn’t safe. Luckily I still have a pair of dress shoes and I’m thinking I bought them because the older shoes were out of shape but never had a chance to toss them and then forgot the whole thing. Don’t tell me you didn’t collect clutter the same way. I have a bit more room now and probably the best I can do without tossing stuff I actually need out. Like my bed. Not much of a bedroom without a bed.
  • …reorganized my art space a bit. Again, just a corner of it and if it wasn’t for the third project this would be all about organizing corners. Not that it matters because I reorganize my art space every few months, or at least that’s how it feels like. I’m not even completely sure I maximized the area so in a few months I may be reporting on that project again. In fact I know I want to do some reorganizing with my various paper I use for writing and drawing once I go into one of the drawer organizing stages, which I hope to do soon if not next week.
  • …started to add to my list of Saturday Night Showcase postings that I have in a spreadsheet. There are times I swear I used something for the feature on my other website where I promote fan and indie projects as well as the current official or licensed YouTube channels that have popped up. (I like to support the official release, but I haven’t done enough indie and fan works in a while. Maybe after Christmas I’ll go hunting.) I might have gotten further, though I don’t know if I would have finished, if not for WordPress going down during the whole thing and some other issues I was having on my end. I’m going to keep working on that so I can find things for my site. It’s still organizing so technically it still counts.

So I accomplished…most of what I wanted yesterday. It may not be much but the bedroom looks a bit clearer, I finally got rid of the unwearable (safely if you want to walk in them) shoes, and the stuff related to other projects. It’s still a victory and victories are what keep you working on a project. I just need to get back to making a few major victories now that I’m able to.

Quick Report: Trying To Bust The YouTube Backlog

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My YouTube backlog is becoming a distraction. Being as sick as I’ve been this year has kept me from keeping up since if I was home I was still too tired to keep on it. Add to that running a website and trying to get other projects done, including this de-cluttering project and it’s just getting to be a bit much. So this week the goal was to cut through the backlog with the must-watch shows. I should also be taking stock at what is just curiosities and lightening my load that way. Just keeping up with what I want to see has been hard enough.

As it is I’ve only gotten as far as mid-September, and I’m posting this in early November. That’s how bad it is so I’m doing the best I can. This year my best hasn’t been good enough but factors keep getting in the way. Short version: I hate this year. I need to figure out how to get caught up, some of these channels used as research for the other site, not only with this backlog but what’s on the DVR. I’m trying to figure out how other reviewers and creators have time to do anything because I certainly don’t know the trick.

This Project Was A Waste Of Time

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Over at my other website I take part in this podcasting/vlogging challenge for cartoonists called Art Soundoff. The past couple of years I’ve had some kind of technical issue that made me miss a few days even by my chosen schedule (just on weekdays; it’s up to the participant if they even post the recording or just keep it for themselves, and how often during the month of November you do it–technically you could make one recording, not share it, and complete the challenge). So this year I thought I’d use my project day to go through and put everything together so that come Sunday night I could record something and easily have it ready for Monday morning.

So instead I set a new record by having technical issues BEFORE I begin the challenge. Oh, lucky me.

Part of this is going to come off as venting but without getting too technical (since this isn’t a tech blog but a clutter fighting blog and yes in a way this does fit in…good thing, given that it took up the whole afternoon and I woke up late Saturday) here’s what I tried to do using some old electronics…and what failed to happen.

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Setting Up My Aunt’s Computer

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Saturdays are put aside for projects. Usually it’s the clutter projects or reviews I do for this site. This week however I had to help my aunt set up her new computer. So I didn’t get to do any clutter maintenance today. I’m hoping to at least cut more into my emails or something just to have something done, and hopefully next week I can do a more interesting project to discuss. Family is more important.

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