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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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Some friendly advice

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This week’s mission was to rearrange my drawers, moving my video games, electronic stuff (extension cords, manuals, that sort of thing), and computer/camera gear around. It’s a lot more organized.

It also makes for a boring article.

Instead, here’s something interesting. While organizing a bunch of paper clutter into smaller piles of paper clutter (to be further broken down into “keep” and “junk”), I found a bank envelope from December 2010 with around $55 in it. It must have gotten lost in the holiday rush, which also tells you how long it’s been since I seriously went through that paper pile, seeing as I’m writing this in March 2011.

So what have we learned, kids? Organize your paper work at least once a month. During the same operation I now have room on my computer desk. (Knowing me that won’t last long.) I promise a real article next week, maybe reviewing some of the stuff I shuffled around this week. In fact, I think I know what I’m going to review. They’re not video, but they are games.

Most of the links this week came from fellow WordPress sites dedicated to clutter clearing. So much for originality on my part. 🙂

The First Report

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I own too much junk. Seriously, look at my living space.

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I’m tripping over my videos to get to my games, Transformers and other action figures are all over the place, and my comics and old mail are getting in the way of my art space. And that’s just for starters.

Additionally, my place is one big mess, my records are disorganized, my computer desktop is full of links, and I have trouble finding things when I want them. In other words, I have a lot of clutter, digitally and physically.

I run a storytelling critique blog called the BW Media Spotlight, and for some reason, despite not getting paid to do it, I have this urge to write an article every day. So my thinking is that if I have the mindset where I must write at least one article a week about going through the clutter, organizing or removing it, then maybe I won’t procrastinate as much about it and actually do it, just to have an article.

The best part is that when I review a video, comic, or even some video games, I can cross-post it to the Spotlight and give myself an easy article there. It’s a win-win for me, provided I actually go through with it. In addition, some of the stuff I review will be going away, which may mean selling, auctioning, or just giving it away, depending on my needs. (I know a former co-worker who wants first shot at any NES games I plan to give up.)

It won’t be just about reviewing all the junk I own, mind you. Some articles will be devoted to organizing, and seeking tips on better organizing my living space. This is a side project, but hopefully one that will get my butt in gear, and by necessity will probably be a bit more formal than what my BW readers are used to. Hopefully, we’ll all get something out of this.

Weekly updates will be a bit sporadic as I try to figure out when is a good day to schedule an update, but I still want one article per week minimum. So welcome to the Clutter Report, where I review all the crap I own and try to own less of it, or at least stop tripping over it.