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Shit Shift and Good Things! [Jul. 1st, 2007|11:54 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Yesterday (Saturday) the BF made raspberry muffins with white and dark chocolate chips. YUM! We also went off and bought tomato plants to replace the seedlings that didn't survive June. (Hey, istemi, I got a Mr. Stripey!) I spent the evening at at the Porter Square Book Store for my friend Alexander's book party, celebrating the release of his book (co-written with Steven Withrow) Character Design for Graphic Novels.

Thanks to motivation, assistance, and gentle but persistent prodding on the part of miss_chance and i_leonardo, today (well, Sunday) I cleaned a bunch of stuff up in our spare room (we also call it the "dressing room" since our bedroom is so small, most of our clothes are in there). Morale boosted with remote assistance from rmd.


In anticipation of their arrival, I picked up many of piles of stuff that had no home and put them on my bed. This meant I was able to reach AND OPEN the windows! It's been a couple years since that happened.

As was my intention, by the time miss_chance arrived (with BAGELS!), we had more room to operate, so we moved a bookshelf over a bit, then put together a Metro shelf knock-off I'd bought MONTHS ago, and stacked most of my dirty laundry on it.

When i_leonardo got there, I sent her off on an errand to get more bins so we could do step two: stash a lot of books in my office.

Back in the spare room, using the Metro and a curtain rod as swap space, miss_chance put about 20-30 clean shirts on hangers while I filled a bag with stuff to give to Rosie's Place and made room in the closet to put most of the shirts INTO the closet. We then filled half a box with books to sell, threw away a garbage bag full of wire hangers (after salvaging the nice plastic and wooden ones from the tangle), and arranged things so that I have a nice place to sit and work on old bags and boxes of unknown STUFF (to pitch most of it, but salvage the occasional important bit) in comfort. While sitting there, I filled another bag with donations and, after poking through it, designated a third bag (old bedding) for donation as well.

Then I created homes for many of the piles of stuff on my bed. Most of them were stacks of guidebooks and souvenirs from past trips; I'd bought several small boxes specifically so that I could dedicate a box or two to each trip and then LABEL the outside of the box so I could more easily FIND the stuff from any given trip, but hadn't gotten around to putting the stuff in the boxes. So that's DONE (four trips' worth, plus a bin for another trip I'd already assembled) and they're on top of the new shelf. Together. Labeled. I can SEE them.

Meanwhile, the ladies loaded books (mainly from the past couple of years' reading) into the bins i_leonardo bought (and which I need to pay her back for), then stacked them neatly in my office space (which was, until then, nigh unusable due to the piles and piles of books).

Then i_leonardo headed off and miss_chance and I discussed the basics of how I might create a realistic work space in my office (it's currently stuffed with bookshelves that are filled with books, graphic novels, and trade paperback comic collections; there's also a large Metro shelf covered with long & short boxes full of comics).

Once miss_chance headed out, the BF and I made grilled pizza, amused jbsegal (who stopped by to give me a very nice present!), and then I finally dragged my butt upstairs to finish clearing off the bed. I also put some random things that I'd stashed around the bed back in their places in the other room, so the bedroom has returned from swap space to status quo.

WOO-FUCKIN-HOO!

I should mention that, while we were workin' inside, the BF cleaned the bathroom, mowed the front and back (push mower), weed whacked the remote bits, trimmed the GARGANTUAN HEDGE, put the tomato plants into their beds, and did contract work. I'm sure he did a bunch of other stuff too (he usually does) but that's what I noticed him doing. Special note to knot_frayed give him NO CRAP ABOUT THIS or face my wrath. And quit giggling.
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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2007-07-02 06:08 am (UTC)
Wowza! That's fantastic!

If you'd like more motivation and assistance for the next push, let me know and I'd be happy to come help sort and sift.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-02 07:11 am (UTC)
Thank you for the compliment and the offer!
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[User Picture]From: whitebird
2007-07-02 06:08 am (UTC)
That's a good day of productive productivity. I'm jealous.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-02 07:12 am (UTC)
Heh. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: rmd
2007-07-02 11:00 am (UTC)
that's pretty frickin awesome
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-02 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thankee!
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[User Picture]From: gothtique
2007-07-02 11:14 am (UTC)
no... this is where I give knot_frayed CRAP about this... cuz he doesn't clean bathrooms!
Wow... All of the awesome things SOME people's SO's do araound the house!
(he actually does quite a bit... but I have to harass him a little!)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-02 11:56 pm (UTC)
Heh. Actually, I'm the SO that requires nudging, and most of the mess around the house is mine. This was an initial step in trying to tame the issue back down to some semblance of reasonable.
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[User Picture]From: knot_frayed
2007-07-02 11:31 am (UTC)

Moi?!?!?! Giver of crap?!?!?!?

Sputter! But! I would NEVER!!! Certainly not now anyway.

BTW - I had completely forgotten to thank you for the card from Spain. You will be pleased to note that it arrived safely at it's destination long before your luggage arrived home!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-02 11:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Moi?!?!?! Giver of crap?!?!?!?

You are MOST welcome, giver of crap. :)

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[User Picture]From: metagnat
2007-07-02 01:09 pm (UTC)
You rock! I am in awe. I so need to do something similar but it's so freaking daunting.

-E
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-02 11:58 pm (UTC)
Heh, thanks. It only took YEARS to come about.

Ya know what helps? Asking friends to come over and either amuse you while you do stuff or straight up help out. Knitters and crochet-types are great for this! :)

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[User Picture]From: candle_light
2007-07-03 05:49 am (UTC)
Well, I'd be happy to come over and knit while you clean/organize. I can bug you as much or as little as (previously negotiated) you'd like when you get off track :-) Give me a shout if you'd like company.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-04 06:44 am (UTC)
Thanks very much for the offer! Much appreciated.
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[User Picture]From: catness
2007-07-02 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yay yay yay on the organizational studliness! That's so cool that you made a dent in your space reclamation effort. :)

(This stuff is a constant battle for me, too, and I'm psyched to hear of successes in this regard.)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-02 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you ma'am. I don't know many people for whom this is NOT an issue, so you're certainly not alone.
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[User Picture]From: drwex
2007-07-02 06:29 pm (UTC)
Very nice. Mazal tov! I wish I could bottle the very rare impulses I get to do these kinds of shit shifts. My last one resulted in recycling a couple hundred pounds of useless magazines and donation of old books to libraries. Dunno what motivated that one, either.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-02 11:59 pm (UTC)
I wish I could bottle it too. Having friends at hand certainly helps me.
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[User Picture]From: bookly
2007-07-03 01:16 pm (UTC)
Go you!!! I should bookmark this post for inspiration when I get back to unpacking in my new place after Tibet. :)

If you're interested in watching other people do this, and can stand the southern accent, check out the FLYLady videos on Jumpcut. She has a set of five videos showing her progress as she cleans out her guest room, and for some reason they fascinated me.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-07-04 06:45 am (UTC)
I keep meaning to follow the FLYLady stuff and I just don't.

*sigh*

Thanks for the compliment!
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-07-05 02:08 am (UTC)
For the record, the three things I've found most helpful (aside from the sometimes-inspiring testimonials) are:

1. Using a timer to focus for 15 to 45 minutes (though even then, it's still damn hard) and to limit my breaks to 15 minutes.
2. Remembering that my X didn't get the way it is in a day, and it's not going to get the way I want it in a day, either. (For FLYLady, X = house or body; for me, "house" is too broad and I have to break it down into "books, piles of papers, work overload, computer 1, computer 2, computer 3, datebook, address book, social relationships, spiritual/mental/emotional/financial state, etc.").
3. Remembering that I'm not perfect, and that I can't hold myself to perfection, because then I'd be equating myself with [insert name of supreme being here]. This one is actually really liberating, if not always successful.
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[User Picture]From: bookly
2007-07-05 02:09 am (UTC)
Err, that was me.
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[User Picture]From: istemi
2007-07-04 12:50 pm (UTC)
Can I stand in your spare room? When a room has been organized, I sneak back in all evening and admire the change and murmur "Oh MY, that DOES look better."
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