The Clutter Between Rooms

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I have this area between my bedroom and the in-progress studio that’s become a bit of a storage mess. It doesn’t help that there is a slight leak near the chimney that shows up during really heavy rain but that has little to do with this project. That’s why the bucket’s there. We have electric heat anyway. The thing is it’s rather ugly to look at, so this week I decided to tackle this area and make it actually useful. Useful for what?

When I get to (I’m hoping with the next phase) complete the comic organizing mega-project (which is not the same as the collection culling super mega project, which I also have for my Transformers) I want to try again to put the comics in the closet in my room. My hope is that the comics will all be in the same place by the time this is done, including the mini-comics, a few of which I reviewed here with a crosspost from BW Media Spotlight, my primary multimedia review site that I’m also using to go through all my old comics. Anyway, the bit problem is that when I have the longboxes for the comics in the closet I have no place to put my shoes that aren’t in the way. I don’t have that many shoes: sneakers, a pair of back-up sneakers I thought I’d use around the house but I’ve gravitated to sandals around the house, snowboots, and my comfortable dress shoes I also use at conventions because they’re better on my ankles than the sneakers in that situation, as well as my alternate slippers when the others are in the wash.

Well, thanks to the clutter cleaning elsewhere I now have room to put the shoes in this cubby hole since I have room to put other things. Yes, when you get rid of clutter in one spot it opens a place for you to store clutter you’ll actually use and increases your ability to store stuff without getting in your way. So let’s do some more of that!

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Quick Project: More Reading

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During my forced hiatus a number of papers, from newsletters to conventions to a magazine someone bought for me and some newspaper articles someone else gave me, went unread, and it kind of piled up. There’s still something of a pile left, but I read through a bunch of them. I’m going to commit myself (hopefully) to reading one of the remaining newsletters and articles and other pamphlets a day until I get to the longer reads, and then adjust my schedule accordingly.

With luck I’ll have this pile all done by the end of November and can toss out whatever I don’t need anymore. If some newsletter or something comes my way that will be the daily read, which will delay things by a day, but who says I can’t read two? I need to open time to create and to clean. I still want to do the next phase big comic organizing project, which should be re-integration, possibly in January depending on what my schedule has become. There is still a lot to do but I’m making progress. With any luck by the end of 2018 I’ll have a good handle on this project again.

I’m not counting on it, mind you. šŸ˜€

More Dusting, More Organizing

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I had to finish up the dusting I didn’t finish two weeks ago, and that included the dresser. Dusting the dresser is my opportunity to reorganize the darn thing. This image is from the last time I dusted the dresser, which was a long time ago. For some reason this always gets messy even when I declutter until I dust. I put a few things in different spots and it’s a better looking dresser top.

 

But reorganizing the dresser top got me thinking about the top of my computer desk as well. The little Iron Man figures (which I’ve reviewed) keep falling over even though they’re on little stands, and you can’t tell in this picture but the Donatellos were getting in the way of setting things back up. Also, Scooter’s knees are weak and he has a tendency to fall on his back. So I kept the Silver Centurion Iron Man (although not the cards or even the stands) and put the rest away with the Donatellos. Right now it’s just Silver Centurion, Super Clown, the ships, the Digimon, and VINcent fromĀ The Black Hole, and it looks much better. I want to get in the habit of rotating the displays, maybe just leaving the spaceships and changing everything else around whenever I dust, so it looks different every time and adds some variety.

I may do some more spot-cleaning projects before the next Transformers review set. It all depends on what time allows.

Another Missed Week

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I’m beginning to notice that the past few starts of the month have thrown something else at my various projects. Of course a big article series that is bigger than I expected has been an issue, but the week I go grocery shopping with my dad (because we need to eat) also brings a bonus surprise my way. Like this week on Thursday we were waiting around for some people and it delayed us enough that not only did we wait a day to go shopping but I didn’t get anything done because we didn’t know when they’d show up. The end result is I didn’t get any clutter cleaning done this week because I didn’t get much of anything done.

The worrisome part is I’m worried I’m making excuses. I know there are things you can’t help and I’ve discussed that before but after last year’s medical problems I’m so far behind in where I want to be with this project by now that any delay that causes me to do nothing on it during the week is annoying to me. I need to get into a proper working rhythm so I’ll be better prepared. I mean, I had a weekday job when I started this project and didn’t have nearly the amount of delays I’ve had this year alone. (Last year was a special case.) Now I’m looking for work, or some kind of legal and moral income at least, writing fewer articles on the other site, and I’m still losing time somewhere. All I can do for now is press on and get myself back to where I was and get everything I want done. I’m just getting frustrated at posting delays instead of results. Not all clutter is physical.

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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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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Quick Project: Rolodex Update

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Card index, file system to register and search...

Card index, file system to register and search for addresses; manufactured by ROLODEX (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This wasn’t the project I was supposed to be doing this week. However, since I put my back out last weekend (I think the way I sat in those theater seats, but that’s only a guess) lifting a lot of comics wasn’t in the stars this week. So I went back to a project that needed more time than I thought and started earlier in the day, namely updating my Rolodex. It was still only a day-long project, but I had to start earlier in the day than the last time.

I don’t have a spinning system like that. I don’t have enough phone numbers to need one. It’s a small, flat thing that has family members, friends, and doctors’ numbers. However, the last time I updated this thing Compuserve was still a big deal, two of my cousins were married, one has since re-married and another is on her first (and hopefully only) marriage with her own kids, other cousins’ kids have grown up and gone to college or gotten their own places (making me feel old since I have yet to even marry much less raise a family) and even a few people passed away. So yeah, that needs some updating. Too bad I ran out of new cards and whiting out the old ones wasn’t worth the effort. So I have to get some more refills in order to complete this project. However, numbers I no longer need or have changed are now fixed up like they should be and that’s what matters. Now if I can finish healing my back by next weekend I can finally do that comic organizing project that should have been done last year if not for all the problems. At least that’s another project off the dry ease board.

Quick Project: Dresser Clutter

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Another quick & easy, although if it hadn’t been such a lazy day weather-wise yesterday it would have been…about the same time and effort, but done sooner. This is another area that just got really messy during my medical mishaps. I had it partly done and ready to go, but after everything that happened it got messed up again. So a little organization was in order.

(And yes, that’s a urinal. This way I didn’t have to run downstairs every time I need to…you know. It’s kind of annoying at night, especially when moving fast, or up/down stair wasn’t what you’d call easy during my recovery. It’ll stay around so in the middle of the night I don’t have to wake my dad running up and down stairs all night. I only point it out because you may have questions. I have clutter, and we’re both working on that.)

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Web Comic Organizing

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logo for my comic strip, Jake & Leon

Odd to put this logo on THIS site. However, fighting off the remnants of a cold this week meant I didn’t do much this week. However, I’ve let this project (and as a result this site) slip by for too long this year so I thought I’d get some more virtual clutter done. That makes thisĀ another short report.

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The Clutter Left Behind

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Man thinking on a train journey.

Man thinking on a train journey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Greetings, fellow clutter maintainers. This is going to be a hard report to write but it’s something I’m thinking about as we go through my late mother’s belongings. It’s something I haven’t seen mentioned in any clutter article I’ve read, or anything I would have thought of until this happened. When it comes to my various bloated collections I’ve been thinking about things like storage space and being able to enjoy my collection. And yet my mom’s passing has left me juggling a lot of different thoughts. Many of them are the typical and personal thoughts we all have when we lose someone we love. However, one matters to this project. What happens to our clutter when we die?

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