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So, a few weeks ago, I moved a bunch of bookshelves around, which opened up the room, and gave a sense of space and immediate progress.

I have the hobby books segregated on a bookshelf, and the unread books on others, and I have a whole empty bookshelf to unpack books into! Yay! I can also purge as I unpack, which is very, very exciting. I am also reading a 5 novel set which I probably won't keep; I am trying to read down my unread pile, so as to free up the shelf space.

The computer is set up, and the desk is mostly cleaned, and ready to use!

I've started to purge files, and am making progress there. I think I will end up with significantly less paper. Woot.

I figured out what to use to replace the jewelry box I broke.

I just let go of a bunch of rubber stamps I won't use again. I'm keeping the ones I like. I never use the sealing wax, so ... bye!

The knitted kerchiefs I made a few summers ago? I never wear them. Bye!

I have an entire empty plastic rolley-cart, just waiting for me to figure out what to put in it!

This is so exciting - it feels do-able that I can have a clean, organized room, for the first time in my life. And once I get the room in shape, I have the room to clean out the other places (attic, basement, closet) where stuff collects, and get rid of the things in there, as well.
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I have lived in the same city for 18 years, and in the same house for 6 of them, and accumulated quite a lot of stuff. I'm now at a point where the equation is:

More stuff = more time & energy spent taking care of stuff = less time and energy for other things

I've done a lot of headwork in the past 9 years or so, and I no longer want and need to hold on to everything. I can let go now.

Since we moved here, I've mostly dealt with my stuff by shoving the mess into my room, where it was my problem and not hun's. I've gotten rid of some things in the past 3 years or so, but nowhere near the amount I want to.

The problem is this - everything has to be dug out, assessed, compared to other pieces to see what redundancy exists, and then disposed of (mostly donate or save). I want to have some sort of big, comprehensive plan for cleaning up this room, and work it through piece by piece, checking stuff off lists and feeling so accomplished.

But I've noticed that I can't summon the interest/energy/willpower/spoons to even make the big, comprehensive, perfect plan. Stuck in the mud, spinning the wheels.

I just moved my desk. I took the foot high pile off it, put it onto the extra bed - no sorting, no organizing, no assessing, no thinking - just moving it. The desk is in the corner, the computer is set up, the rolling file cart is underneath it, and the entire room is a massive wreck. Aside from that one corner. The plan - the hope - the dream - is that I will build on that one corner. Do a little bit, every day, until the whole darn thing is clean, neat, and organized.

Wish me luck!
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Well, I lost steam around Wednesday. Still managed to get some stuff done. Most of the mess that was dumped on the floor and the bed has been put away, with the craft stuff in a pile against one of the bookcases.

I have a lot left to do:
-put the craft stuff away
-purge the papers in the filing cabinet
-purge the boxes of paper on the bottom shelf of the enclosed bookcase
-purge the papers in the potter holes
-organize the papers that are left
-purge the books, including the books in the potter holes
-it would be good if all the books could be out on the shelves, except maybe the textbooks
-purge the clothing (noticing a theme here?) in the closet
-purge the clothing in hun's closet
-purge the clothing in the downstairs closet
-it would be good if all the clothes fit into my closet
-purge the office supplies
-move the non-rolling plastic cabinet into the closet to hold underwear and socks
-get rid of the yarn and other craft supplies I no longer want or need, which are taking up valuable mental and physical space
-measure out the furniture and the room
-figure out what goes in the pigeon hole cabinet
-move the bookcases from the center of the room to each side of the windows
-decide which desk goes on long term loan to my friend (yay friend!)
-move the dresser back by the door?
-change where the bed goes?
-sort out where the cat's box goes
-strip the bed and wash everything
-figure out what to do with all the music
-hang various things up on the walls, in the bedroom and in the rest of the house
-vacuum the floor of the bedroom
-figure out if/what new rugs to get
-figure out what should be in the dresser instead of yarn
-figure out where the yarn should go
-read down the pile of books that I have not yet read, before buying too many more
-work down the pile of fiber projects that I have planned
-finish the fiber projects I have already started
-get the commonplace book up to date
-try out new recipes and bring the recipe book up to date with the good ones

I'm sure I'm missing something. Somehow, I'm thinking this is probably the work of at least the next year....
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I started my new job in May, and couldn't take vacation for 90 days. I thought about going various places, but it seemed... like too much work. Picking someplace, making arrangements, booking things, making decisions... So much effort! The only thing that got me really excited was the thought of ... wait for it ... cleaning my room. Seriously.

We've lived in this house 6 years, and during that time I have changed somewhat a lot. One of the biggest changes is that I no longer need to hold on to everything. I have started to trust that I will be able to provide for myself - that I can buy a notebook or a skein of yarn or a book when I want to read it, so I don't have to keep stuff for years, in case I might need it, in case I might use it, even if I don't like it or want it, but You Never Know, and It Might Be Useful Someday.

I spent 4-6 hours each day Monday and Tuesday cleaning. All the loose books are now on bookshelves. Several boxes of papers have been sorted and put away. The 20 gallon tote full of "stuff" has been sorted. Still not positive what to do with some of what was in it. The coffee and side tables I am giving away have been cleared off. The pigeonhole cabinet I bought a few months ago is upstairs in their place. I have purged my notebooks - some are for friends, and some for children at a local school whose teacher I know. Done the same with stationery. Both now fit into the same rolley drawers. Markers will go to the same teacher. I don't need them, I don't use them - pass them on to someone who can.

Today, I worked only an hour, went and had a routine sonogram and lunch, came home and took a nap. And then woke up, did a little copying/organizing, watched some TV, bonded with the cat, and now, am finishing this post. I will go upstairs, and pack up everything I want to mail tomorrow.

The goal is 4 hours per day, cleaning/purging/sorting/organizing. I don't have to do anything specific, just do something.

This week seems to be a good one for getting stuff off the floor, and into some semblance of "away." Once the room is fit for human habitation, I will have the space to sort out clothing (maybe this weekend?) and all the other stuff I have. It is time to let go of the things that I will not use, do not need, do not want, that are just taking up space and energy.
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So, it is Discardia again, and Lent, too. I am trying to meditate 15 minutes daily. I have so far failed to do it every day, but I am getting closer. I just purchased a binaural beats things for daydreaming; if the binaural beats work, then yay, and if not, I just bought 15 minutes of rain sounds to meditate to. Either way I win.

I have spent the past few months clarifying my goals in life - I want to stay in Buffalo, I have 3 hobbies (fiber, books, and organizing), etc.

I have about 230 books tagged to be let go in librarything. I'm currently (re)reading P.D. James' Adam Dalgliesh series, prior to letting them go. Off go the manga for younger girls! Bye to the textbooks I will never use! Ciao to the Latin textbooks that I didn't use and have no affection for! Some of these will go to relatives and friends, some to librarything, some sold for their value, because it is considerable.

I'm also drawing up a plan for dealing with all the papers. I have about 7 file drawers, and I am thinking about what I am keeping, and how to arrange it. For example, it makes sense to put the financial information into one drawer only, and keep the grad school stuff separate from the general reference stuff. But do I keep all the articles about feminism, or do I trust that I have not looked at them, will not look at them, and can re-find them if ever I want them again? It makes sense to copy other people's poems into my commonplace book. To make a file of stuff to do around Buffalo. I need to figure out how to deal with articles I clipped because they are about something like Dead Horse Bay, and ticket stubs. I may have to scrapbook them somehow. It makes no sense to keep them in boxes, away from my sight, where I cannot look at them and remember things, which is the point of keeping them.

I'm learning to trust that I will be able to find things again if I need them, that I can take books out of the library or download out of copyright things on the internet, that I will have money to buy what I want if I can't get it any other way.

I'm also revamping my organizing system. I've gone back to the well; I'm rereading David Allen's Getting Things Done. I never got the hang of a weekly review, and had fallen to daily TODO lists, which were okay, but not great. I've moved from the old notebooks I talked about a few months ago to a 3 ring 8.5" by 5.5" binder, with tabs on the sides. This lets me move stuff around in ways that the notebooks could not, and keep everything except the calendar in one place. Keeping a list of my goals for 1-2 years and 3-5 years is helping me put what I'm working on in perspective. I've never done anything like that before.
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thrawn - I love this one

pour boire
kard mort
felo de se

Corrody - paid to a convent for the upkeep of a non-nun woman who lives there til she dies.
Seisin - possession (of a piece of land, mostly)
Leriot - death tax of a the best live beast one has
Gersum - paid on entering a holding
Leyrwite - fine for sexual activities not approved by the church
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So, I have been purging my cookbooks recently, and trying new recipes, and I'd like to put down some cookbook info for people who are interested in what I'm doing cookingwise. If anyone is.

I've taken over the cooking for a while, and I'm trying to move us over to more plants, less animal products, and also more whole grains and less processed foods. I tried to keep things that fit in that philosophy.

My absolutely keep forever cookbooks:
How to Cook Everything - I bought this cheap with a slightly ripped dustcover, and it is my basic go-to cookbook. I don't like the Joy of Cooking, because it does not list the ingredients up front, and I'd become attached to this before I got the Fanny Farmer cookbook.
New Cook Book Souvenir Edition - my parents' big cookbook. I am not sure if they ever use it, but some of the recipes in this are family standards.
Jane Brody's Good Food Book & Jane Brody's Good Food Gourmet - my dad picked these up years ago. Some of the recipes are family standards, and everything I've ever made from them has gotten compliments.

Cookbooks I have used and like:
Diane Seed's Mediterranean Cookbook - I've made a few things from it, and they were good. It is a very pretty cookbook, with watercolor pictures.
Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking - recommended by an Indian friend. Most of the recipes are northern Indian.

Cookbooks I need to try (more) recipes from:
15 Minute Chicken Gourmet - bought in college, did not use very much
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day - easy homemade bread. Rec'd by [profile] ozarque
Diet for a Small Planet - the original save the world by eating nuts and twigs book
Food Matters - the current save the world by eating nuts and twigs book
From Asparagus to Zucchini - lots of recipes, arranged by vegetable
Madhur Jaffrey's World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking - it looked pretty, and I wanted it.
Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home - bought for cheap at a used book sale
Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook - I love the idea of being able to use the rice cooker(s) to make more than rice. Avoid Roger Ebert's book about this - just google for his column; the information is the same.

Cookbooks I am keeping for non-food reasons:
Louisiana Lagniappe - souvenir of a trip. Besides, it tells me how to cook an armadillo!
Apple Kitchen Cookbook - my dad's copy, and it has my dad's apple pie recipe.
Beard on Bread - my dad's copy.
Breads: At the Academy - a gift from a friend.
Complete Book of Breads - has my dad's Christmas bread and roll recipes.
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Last week, the power flipped out sometime during the day, so the crockpot of cabbage, chicken, and sausage did not cook. It was later cooked for longer than the recipe called for, and then chilled and refrigerated. It will be some of this week's meals.

Mexican Lentil Soup: Learning to Cook with Marion Cunningham

Sun: Allen's
Mon: romantical stuff
Tue: Cabbage &c.
Wed: lentil soup
Thu: leftovers
Fri: M&R
Sat: leftovers

The cabbage recipe, what we tasted of it, seemed ok. I am dubious about using canned cream of mushroom soup.

Emergency meal: pasta with olive oil, onions, and olives from Arthur Schwartz' What to Cook When You Think There's Nothing in the House to Eat (which book wins on title alone). It was pretty good, though I think I am going to double the onion and caramelize it next time.

The lentil soup was thin on its own, and much better with rice under it and cheddar grated over it.
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This was written in the comments to someone else's lj, and I decided to put it into a post.

cut to spare you all who are not interested )
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So, I have an old notebook, with the used pages ripped out. In it I now have listed:
-the embroidery kits I have
-the fiber projects I've started
-techniques I want to try
-ideas for projects
-stuff about what kind of wardrobe I want to make
-ideas for non-fiber creative projects (e.g. make wine)

The knitting and crochet projects, stash, hooks & pins, are listed on ravelry.

I might want to list the patterns I have, and the various materials and yardages I've got as well.

Pulling the fiber stuff out was easy; now I'm starting to sort through the rest of the papers. I have pulled out the notes I've made to myself over the years about organizing, and what needs to be organized. This all is going into a similar notebook.

The rest is a bunch of lists about things, like the size of my bed and couch cushions, and lists of people's birthdays. There are some main categories, like books I want to read and do not own, movies and TV shows to watch. I suspect the books are going to end up on my bookmooch save-for-later list, but we will see. The visual media may end up on an entry here.
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The first place I am organizing now is the papers and the organizing system.

I have 5 categories of papers & notes I am dealing with right now:
1-dreams and plans, realistic and unrealistic
2-fiber projects, supplies, plans, & ideas
3-books and music to read/buy/give away
4-stuff I want to buy
5-random lists of information

I have a notebook for 1. Some of the more realistic stuff goes in the milk notebook, along with things like the soon-to-be-done actions. The old spiral bound is where I will organize some of the other stuff.

I have another notebook for 2; as long as it's collected in one place, it can sit for as long as I need to deal with other stuff.

3 has a file of its own, and my bookmooch lists, and can be dealt with at leisure, really.

4 will probably go into a locked entry here.

Some of 5 may go into lists-tagged posts here, and the stuff I want to have on me all the time will go into one of the tiny notebooks I just bought with Christmas money.


Dec. 22nd, 2010 08:47 am
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So, I have 3-4 weeks to write up my research, and I'm sort of freaked and panicked.

Hun has let me off working around the house, the amazing man.

For this Discardia, I will give up fear and panicking about my schoolwork. Worrying and wallowing are counterproductive.

I am competent
I am capable
I can do this
I will stay focussed
One day at a time

If you're a praying person, please pray.

ETA:"You go on. You just go on. There's nothing more to it, and there's no trick to make it easier. You just go on."

"What do you find on the other side? When you go on?"

"Your life again. What else?"

-Bujold, Memory
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Posted as a comment to ozarque's livejournal, and I thought it worth keeping.

Agreeing with the give it to your daughter now, unsorted, advice, and that hiring someone to do the lifting, if possible, is a good idea.

I had been decluttering in fits and starts for years, but at the start of this year, I really focussed on it. I have been sorting, purging, and figuring out where "away" is for all my posessions since then. Here is what I am learning:

-This is hard. It takes time and energy to look at the undifferentiated mass of stuff, and try to figure out what to do with it. What's worth keeping, what to let go.

-There is pleasure to be had in giving things I don't need or use to people who will need or use them.

-Having less stuff makes taking care of what I do have so much easier and more pleasant.

-When I feel like I'm getting nowhere, keep going. It only looks like I'm getting nowhere.

-I find it useful to deal with one category of object at a time. At the start of the year, I purged my papers. I shredded phone bills from 1993. I threw out old magazines and catalogues without reading them. I boxed some stuff, because it sparks my memories. At some point (possibly my next project), I will go back and figure out the best way to store these things so I can enjoy them. Maybe arranged as collages in a 3 ring binder. Maybe I will just decide to let them go. Then I moved on to my craft books and patterns. I've reduced them to a single bookshelf. If I'd tried to do both the craft stuff and the papers at the same time, I wouldn't have been able to do either.

-It helps to break categories down to smaller tasks. In dealing with the craft books and patterns, I dealt with the following subcategories:
-----printed off the internet and clipped from magazine patterns
-----magazines full of patterns.
-----------Pile 1: those I will keep intact.
-----------Pile 2: those I will cut pattern(s) from.
-----------Pile 3: those that have nothing I want in them, and can be sold or given away.

-Give yourself credit for the work that you have done. Last night, I put the origami paper next to the origami book, and moved the braiding books around and put them closer. That's not much, but my room is now a little bit neater and more organized than it was before! It sounds like George got a start, and that's good, no matter how small the start was.

-There will be times you get a whole bunch of stuff done in a day, and times when you do very little. It's okay. Just do the little, til the interest and energy return for the bigger bits.

-The amount of stuff you have was not collected in a day, and it will not be cleared up in a day.

I hope this is helpful to you, or someone else. I've been finding the whole process exciting and worthwhile, even though it's sometimes a drag, and boring, and a pain.
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Trying to get the papers and the books at the same time is too much for me, so I'm focussing on the books.

I've emptied one of the 5 bookshelves in the downstairs bedroom, and moved it upstairs, and restocked it with "reference" books - things I want easy access to for one reason or another. I looked through the upstairs bookshelves, and decided that about half the knitting books there can be put into storage. Many of the other books there can be stored too. I'm clearing off the upstairs shelves so that I can move the unread books from downstairs up.

All this is complicated by the fact that I don't trust the cat with the lowest shelf, so that lowest shelf either has something I don't mind losing on it, or something sealed into a box.

I'm up to 1300 books in librarything.
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When moving, change your address with these places & people:

post office
health insurance
doctors and veterinarians
any magazines and subscriptions
any professional groups
any hobby groups
the telephone, gas, and electric companies
credit cards
cell phone provider
friends and family, of course!

travel cards and other loyalty cards
pet tracking service
operation ID


online vendors, librarything
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Sunday, I spent 4 hours sorting through papers and ditching the ones that are useless, like the 1993-1998 phone bills. I threw out the dated articles. I kept aside the feminism articles. The lists of books will go into the books folder. The other articles are in a box, waiting to be read at some other time.

I am attacking the paper that has eaten my room. The goals are a working filing system, and keeping only the papers I want, I need, or I find useful. I probably have a cubic yard of unsorted papers and detrius. I was keeping all my receipts for a given year, because I wanted to sort out where my money went, but in 3 years of doing that, I have never gone back and calculated where the money went, so I am going to pitch them. I am not sure what do to with all the papers on craft patterns and techniques I have printed out over the past 7-10 years. Maybe I should file them in one of the filing cabinets? I will keep things like bank statements and final bills or closures on accounts that show zero balance and tax papers.

Really, the craft stuff is organized enough, and the books are doing okay, but for the need to be put into LibraryThing and then into storage in the attic. The clothes and closet are going to need to go through Mary Dell's Closet Algorithm. I could probably purge the clothes, jewelry, and books, but that is a worry for later.
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With hun refinishing the fiber room, we really don't have the shelf space for all the books I own. I am boxing them up, in numbered boxes, and entering them into LibraryThing as I do so. They are tagged with the number of the box, for easy finding later on.

I am not sure how I feel about this; I am being sensible, and not trying to organize them at the same time. I am so used to my 6-10 bookcases being open and viewable, and I am a bit worried that this will not work as well.

On the other hand, there will be less clutter, and it gives me the opportunity to decide which books I want to let go to bookmooch.

I've managed to stay on top of the dishwasher lately, to the good of the state of the kitchen. I need to organize my closet, and pack away or let go of some of the clothing in there. I don't really have room in the closet for all of it, and the lack of order is depressing.
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I broke up a bunch of boxes that have been sitting around for years in some cases, and threw out the packing materials that are beyond reuse. I'm still probably keeping too much.

I had wanted to get more done in the past week, but I am glad to have done even this little.

I think I need to pack away some more boxes of books, because I just don't have the shelf room for them all, especially with the cat peeing on the bottom shelf issue, which I think is taken care of, but would hate to find I'm wrong.
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Zen To Done - Leo Babauta - Very, very good. In January, I read the pdf version and liked it so much I bought a hard copy. A very good followup and set of tweaks to the basic GTD system. This book joins the pile of books I prefer not to do without.

Total: 20
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So, most of the house is clean enough, but my bedroom is a disorganized mess. I am going to try to blog cleaning it up, as a way of charting my progress, and hopefully to encourage me to actually do it.

Yesterday, I cleaned off my desk and the table next to it. Mostly this involved putting things on the floor, but I will be cleaning that up next, I think. Also, I decided to break down (and throw away) the box collection hiding in the corner.

The ultimate goal is, "A place for everything, and everything in its place." This is going to take some purging and organizing - and it's not even Discardia!


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