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The Living Room List [Jan. 13th, 2011|02:54 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Typed in from my notebook, with modifications, here is the list of what I need to do to make my living room perfect (for me & the BF, that is; I'm not trying to achieve some higher level of reality).
  • Always consider the limits of my storage space.
  • Keep notes on what works & what doesn't work.
  • Find ways to generalize what works and incorporate it into my daily life.
  • Check stuff off as I get it done.

1. Create a DONATE box & a SELL box
2. Construct & fill comic boxes
-- a. Organize comics into alphabetical order
-- b. Organize comics sequentially across all boxes
3. Books into bins
-- a. Label bin
-- b. Write down book titles & authors for that number bin
-- c. Fill bin
-- d. Type titles into computer-based index
4. Magazines
-- a. Construct magazine boxes
-- b. Organize magazines into
---- i. KEEP
---- ii. DONATE
---- iii. RECYCLE
5. Organize Mail
-- a. KEEP
---- i. Personal
---- ii. Financial
-- c. SHRED
6. Video Tapes
-- a. KEEP
-- b. DONATE
7. Random Stuff
-- a. Sort into KEEP versus DISCARD
-- b. Find a home for stuff I want to KEEP, or put it into storage
-- d. Sort GIVE AWAY into Freecycle versus Curb
-- e. Sort SELL into eBay (nice & easy-to-ship stuff) versus Craig's List (heavy stuff)
8. Create an index for tracking my stuff
-- a. Make it alphabetical
-- b. Keep a copy on the computer
9. Designate a very small number of places where miscellaneous stuff might be
10. CLEAN: dust walls & ceiling & any other surfaces, vacuum, wipe down surfaces, clean under couches & under couch cushions
11. Get/relocate a bookshelf after finding a place for it in the Living Room
12. Get a new couch
13. Hang more art on the walls

[User Picture]From: istemi
2011-01-13 05:39 am (UTC)
Typing an inventory of my stuff would take a long time. There's an iphone app that has a laser scanner, and it recognizes the books I've scanned. Is there something like that where you could BOOP! things into the computer, and then cut and paste to the spreadsheet or doc with the bin numbers?

Is the purpose of the inventory lists so you can find your stuff again and stop worrying about it? Is there another purpose?
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-01-14 12:46 pm (UTC)
Is the purpose of the inventory lists so you can find your stuff again and stop worrying about it?


I do not having many things that go BOOP! I might have a barcode scanner somewhere in this mess, though.

And while it might be labor intensive, I suspect that my anxious brain might find it really soothing.
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[User Picture]From: istemi
2011-01-13 05:46 am (UTC)
Another thing that occurs to me is, coud you start the 'organize magazines' with a 'spend 10 minutes putting every magazine I instantly recognize as RECYCLE into a bag'? Sort of a quick win strategy - if there are things you would pitch without a moment's deliberation, you could get some of that out of the way first. It seems to have worked in the attic.

However, it's not approaching piles systematically, which might be more important for your work style.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-01-14 12:51 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Interesting idea. I might try it. But I get the feeling that I need to approach things systematically.

My current resistance is to Step #3, which really needs to happen next since piles of books are EVERYWHERE. I just don't want to put my books into bins, I want them out where I can read them, stroke them, review them, remember them, etc. Hence the index & the remembering that there is a limit to the storage available in my house.

There is a plan, near the end there, where I get more bookshelves. And many of my bookshelves are not full, because I keep pulling books off them & they end up in piles. But I definitely have more books than shelves & hope to secure at least a little more shelf space for the house.
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From: selkiechick
2011-01-13 06:34 am (UTC)
I am bad at hanging things up... but I like these. I wish you strength and perserverence in your endeavour!

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-01-14 12:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! They look wicked clever!
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