Quick Project: Rolodex Update

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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: Password Maintenance

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No pictures for this one. This week’s project was about organizing all of my various passwords for websites, forums, and various other things. I keep them in a notebook, and one security measure experts tell you is to not have the same password for every website. However, finding a password was, like the shirts a few weeks ago, an exercise in frustration.

So what I did was assign each page their own letter. While I can’t list them alphabetically (sites go away and new sites get signed up to) I can sort them alphabetically, so all the “A”s are on one page, “B”s the next, and so on. This way I know I can find a password easier than I could before. It’s not perfect but it’s better than I had and will make life a little bit easier. And that’s what this is about, organizing clutter to make my life easier, and that was becoming cluttered in the notebook. Now to put it someplace safe until I need to log into something.

Quick Project: More Desk Organizing

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I don’t even have that monitor anymore.

Every now and then my work desk gets all cluttered up. It happens to all of us. Well, since video projects and energy-draining heat and humidity pretty much kept me from the intended review and since I worked on the top of the desk last week, I decided to fix up my computer work space this week. Simple task but it looks a lot neater, although I still have a small pile of papers to go over, organize, and throw out. I think I’ll start once I’m done writing this, but it may be a while before that’s done.

Next week I’m hoping to photograph and write a GoBot review. We’ll see what happens.

Failed Project Report: The Electric Drawer

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This was going to be this week’s organizing project. My electric stuff drawer looks more like a junk drawer. The project I was hoping to do this week was to organize this drawer using The Clutter Reports‘ old friend…

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Cardboard! It’s been done once or twice. Or thrice. Then I hit a small snag, which you might be able to see from the top picture.

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More Cluttered Thoughts

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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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Comic Organizing: Week 2

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I had hoped to be further along in my organizing. Unfortunately between the time I wrote last week’s article and the time it posted I did something to my back. I did the best I could to start, but I had to wait until my back was better and I had time to continue. What I DID do was alphabetize the pile I had and started to add the labels and taping the bags I failed to do in the past. This part is unfinished and I still have another group of comic to do the same thing with.

I’m putting all of my focus on this project so I hope to have a better update next week.

Going through my clothes drawers (no photos)

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This week’s assignment was to reorganize my clothing drawers. While I have my “going out” clothes in my closet, my “staying home” clothes, shorts, PJs, and underwear/socks are in the drawers. All I really did this week was refold stuff, organize them into stacks in the drawers, and make it easier to find stuff. No dividers (no room), no revelations, just refolding and repiling. Still, something that had to be done.

Next week I won’t be doing any organizing, checking, reviewing, or anything else so there won’t be a post next week. I’ll be attending a convention called ComiCONN for my other site (and because I like comics) so there won’t be time. New report in two weeks.

 

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.