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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Cluttered Week

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On the clutter side I got nothing done, including the project I had planned. I’ve been busy on projects and life this week. But I do have some plans that I hope to get working on.

  1. Finally getting to Video Game Clutter. I’ve had the first game scripted for almost a year, maybe longer. I now have access to a video capture device so at least I only need emulators for the Game Boy (regular and Advance) now.
  2. Speaking of going through my games I have a video project for the other site where I’ll be doing a “let’s play” of games with longform stories or at least a definite ending. These can then be turned into Video Game Clutter reviews that will be seen here and at a site called Reviewers Unknown where I contribute to.
  3. A selling page. I haven’t sold anything on eBay because I’ve been waiting to put money in my PayPal account. And I never seem to have the money available. So I’m going to try to sell through this site on a page that will offer purchasing information plus linking to my review. This is the project I wanted to do this week.

Things have been difficult and trying to turn the other site into a career has hit more than a few snags. I’m rethinking my future right now cleaning this clutter is still a part of it. Stay tuned and I hope to have an actual report next week.

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More Cluttered Thoughts

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junk drawer 01

I didn’t have time to clean again this week. Well, actually I did. But what I cleaned was stuff I cleaned already, like getting clothes off of the couch piece. Again. Sometimes it seems like new clutter appears just as soon as you got rid of the old stuff, and that’s only if you’re lucky. Sometimes the clutter builds before you can knock it down. So once again I find myself asking why. (Or perhaps “why does this keep happening to me God, why?” on a bad day.) I’m not sure of all my solutions yet, which is one of the reasons I started this blog but I’m darn good at identifying my foes! Like the G.I. Joe TV show used to say, knowing is half the battle. Sadly Flint was always silent on the other half. Thanks for nothing.

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