Yet More Smaller Projects

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I’m reusing too many of the same images for these.

This post is going to be written a bit differently, but in truth I’ll only know it from my end. With the last two I wrote down what I did after the fact. This week I’m writing down what I did after I did it before moving to the next project.

These articles are not as glamorous as the big projects, but I need to do some of these smaller projects to make the big ones easier to manage. I’m making room for these things and that’s what I focused on this week. For example:

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More Small Projects

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Last time we discussed a project it was a series of smaller projects rather than one big project, something to try to start me off again after taking so much time off for Christmas and illness, the latter being unplanned. Getting sick numerous times in February and March was a huge problem and basically threw off a lot of my intended plans. It’s tough to take a mental break from projects for both my sites when I’ve lost so much time not being able to do much of anything. I hate getting sick.

This week I had a few more short projects I decided to focus on because they needed to be done so why not use the de-clutter day of my week to do them, what with the distractions this week?

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Returning To The Clutter

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Older picture. I’m reading a different book now.

Well, the Christmas decorations are all packed away until next Christmas and I already see my next batch of projects. Some will be digital but there’s also some physical clutter I need to organize because this year I really want to bring things together and make this a viable comic art and video making studio. This includes making a decent workspace and if there’s any “clutter” it’s the creative kind that sparks imagination instead of a mess that sparks apathy.

So the time has come to get back into clutter clearing. I hope to start selling some stuff off finally since the sale page here (not really surprising when you think about it) hasn’t been the solution. I might try eBay again or look into other options. I want to get back to listing comics for sale. I want to reorganize this space I’ve been working on into a better setup. I want to stop saying “I want to” and actually do it. Hopefully 2021 will a boost of a year to my organizing, just like when I started this site. When I began using my blogging to get myself to clean I was doing really well and got a lot done. I can’t say I’ve slacked off over the years but the amount of work that has to go into it definitely started to weigh on me. I knew this would be a long-term project but I don’t think I realized just how big a mess I made for myself in over 40 years. 2016’s medical issues didn’t help and I’m still trying to shake some of that off (like the hernia) but honestly I can’t simply blame the forced time off as the only reason I’ve fallen behind. It just gave me an excuse and it’s time I stopped using it as one now. It’s been five years since the diverticulitis kicked off the hell year (personal hell year, followed in the ranking by 2015 when I lost my mom and last grandparent, and 2020 for the obvious reasons). I think I’ve rested enough and even with being tired lately I need to force myself back on track.

I hope you join me on this journey, if not out of curiosity and cheer me on then to get you thinking about your own clutter-clearing journey. Let’s try to…

Okay, then let’s make 2021 the best year we can and finally get this party back in gear!

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.

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: 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.

Re-Cleaning The Mini-Junk Drawer

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It’s time to come back to this set of drawers. The bottom drawer is used as a sort of junk drawer, which is mostly extra stuff in the studio. It’s become more and more stuffed, as junk drawers tend to do. It’s kind of in the name. This is where we put things when we don’t have time or location to put them properly, or stuff we come back to often enough to warrant it. This one looked like this:

When you have trouble closing the thing it’s time to do something with it. So that was this week’s project.

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Quick Report: Some Minor Cleaning Up

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Not a big report this week. I didn’t tackle some major mess or reorganize a disaster location, and I didn’t get to review anything, although at the current rate I should have a book review in the next two weeks. Instead I just did some minor clean-up:

  • Now that the weather has decided to pick a season I was able to put away my thermal blanket until next winter.
  • I went through some remaining convention promotional material for websites that I found among the stuff I was organizing last week. Part of it was curiosity because I don’t have time to take on yet another podcast or regularly visit a site that hasn’t been updated in a few years. I mostly wanted to see if any of them still existed and a few of them didn’t. I don’t think I added anything to my regular web reading.
  • Put a small pillow away and cleaned up the pinball table.
  • Also put away a few things I had lying around and for some reason didn’t get to.

These are all minor projects but while it clear out a ton of room it did make the place look better, which was the goal. Not every project has to be a huge megaproject. Sometimes it’s the smaller projects that have the greatest positive impact. In this case it’s not a huge impact but still a good one.

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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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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