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New Project: The Body Double [Sep. 1st, 2011|12:44 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I'm still trying to drag my house into a state of order (or at least to beat back the tides of entropy to the point where I feel more comfortable having people in to visit), but I've increased the time-table & effort.

I got excellent help from Jen Hunter of Find Your Floor, AKA findyourfloor -- she's really worth the money! She and I did 15 hours of work over a 6 week period (July 13th - August 23rd) and we managed to shove a dozen large shopping bags full of paper recycling as well as a garbage bag's worth of crap out the door. But I need to do more work on simple (albeit BORING) stuff that is too expensive to hand off to someone else, plus some thinking about where things might go and what stuff that I am currently saving that I may need to outcruft if I want to have an orderly home.

So I've asked a few friends to come by for 2-3 hours on certain days of the next 2+ weeks to act as a body double. This is like my 15-minutes project, but on steroids.

A body double is a person who sits with me while I get stuff done... body doubles can chat with me or ignore me while they work on projects, knit, read email (I have wireless), read a book, etc. or anything in between. This is a really good article on the subject.

SO! Results! Today (Wednesday, 8/31/2011) was my first body-double session. The lovely gem225 came over and knitted and chatted with me while I cleared a SEVERAL piles of old mail that had stacked up on the staircase and filled my Mail Processing Area to overflowing. Thanks to Jen, I'd already come up with a nice system of what I wanted to recycle, shred, and save, as well as sub-categories for saving. Thanks to Susan C. Pinsky's Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder, I set up an 8.5"x11" box as a receptacle for financial papers. I still need to find homes for a pile of medical data and some miscellaneous nostalgia-type stuff, as well as get cracking on a small pile of action items. But that'll come.

I've sent out confirmations for the folks coming Friday & Saturday. I've got a back-up list of folks to talk to if they fall through. I have hope.
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From: moria923
2011-09-01 12:29 pm (UTC)
I love Jen's business name! :-)

It's been ages since I've seen you. I'd love to volunteer for a couple of hours, after we get back from vacation next week, if you'll have me.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-09-04 02:33 am (UTC)
It's a great name, isn't it?

I actually have enough volunteers for this round. Then I'm probably going to switch back to working with Jen, then maybe another round of body double sessions, we'll see.

But thank you for offering!
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[User Picture]From: drwex
2011-09-01 02:37 pm (UTC)

Glad it's working for you

I'm sort of interested in this topic as it describes how my family of birth almost always interacted. We would each be doing our own things but preferentially in the same space with line of sight to each other.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-09-04 02:35 am (UTC)

Re: Glad it's working for you

Mine too! Y'know what's weird, it putting a family like ours in a camp with a family that MUST DO STUFF TOGETHER like play board games. And while I don't mind board games, their inability to relax was weird.
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[User Picture]From: drwex
2011-09-04 10:52 am (UTC)

Re: Glad it's working for you

I think that those families think of the intense competitive gaming stuff as "relaxing". By contrast sometimes people tease me about my in ability to "just relax" by which they mean the fact that I usually want to be doing _something_ whether it's reading a book or fidgeting or having a conversation. People who can "just hang out" and do nothing at all confuse me.
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[User Picture]From: catness
2011-09-01 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yay!

Sorry I can't be one of your volunteers, but this is such an excellent step. Good stuff. :)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-09-04 02:36 am (UTC)
Encouragement helps! Lord knows I need as much of that as possible. So you ARE part of the program. Thanks!

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[User Picture]From: gem225
2011-09-02 01:14 am (UTC)
I had a wonderful time knitting and chatting with you, and I'm so glad that I was able to help. Thank you for the mention, and I look forward to the next time. :-D
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-09-04 02:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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