Monthly Archives: February 2017

Differences

I just ordered three runners, to cover our staircase, again. I will likely paint them this summer, then put the runner(s) on them. It was a really good deal and I’m glad I did it. Runner(s) for the staircase have been on my radar to do for some time, but my price point (<$100) meant that almost everything I found was plastic (Not here!) or ugly (No!) or colors, styles, patterns which were not to my liking. As I said, I’ve been looking for a while.

What I bought is three of these:   Continue reading

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Office 1.1

Did more organization in the office. Had a loose file folder or two, looked through them. We need our copy of a w2 from 1997 why? I had the very first one I had ever gotten, from the 1970s. OMG.

Out they went!

That was an easy (and fast) 25 papers into the shred/dump bins! If there’s more of that sort of thing in my office, it will be a snap to clear out. The first shelf was cleared/organized. The second is about 1/2 done.

The last time I reorganized/cleared my office was when I first started this blog and took pics of all the bead containers in pop crates in the bookshelves. My current plan (after I get the bookshelves in the closet dealt with and the filing cabinet) is to cull/clean/clear off the bookcase which has all the beads and pop crates. Not sure what I’ll keep?

I started in the closet. For years when I wanted to clean something, I’d clean a closet or cabinet, so it couldn’t be seen. I don’t think this was because of that — all the interesting paper was in the closet, in a mess. So, I started in a closet, again. I’ve gotten through the interesting big pieces and started going through/culling the books and magazines, which take up more than 1/2 the bookcase. The goal is for them to take up 1/4th of the case, one shelf. We’ll see if I can do that!

Yesterday we went to a funeral and did some antiquing on the way home. Bought nothing, just looked. Today is dump day, so more stuff (if nothing else the recycles) will go away.

Office 1.0

What I did: took all the art paper sheets 8.5 x 11 and filed them. Put the other paper up on the bookcase next to the 8.5 x 11 file. Realized in order to see what I had, I needed some way to organize the larger paper. I was early for my tutoring class. The route goes by the local used office fixture/furniture store;  I stopped.

I bought 2 paper organizers. They should solve this problem. One thing I determined before I started was that I would not buy things before I was sure I had a problem to fix. I have a problem. I think I fixed it. It’s worth deducting 2 from my total as it will mean I won’t have a precarious stack of paper, on edge, which I can’t see unless I take all of it down. Stacks like this are prone to slipping (has before) and that creates more work. The pieces I bought will hopefully fix this! The store has one more organizer. If I need it, I’m tutoring again tomorrow; I’ll stop!

I filled one immediately. We’ll see if I fill the 2nd after dinner?

Yep.

next

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J

Nearly Done

with the taxes, or as much of it as I need to do actual work (not just getting data from the town, bills, or the checking account say). And I realized that I need a project. . . something fun, creative, and that will engage me for a few days, at least.

Not knitting. This feels like a paper, paint, markers, printer sort of thing.

What? I don’t know. I have the 1/2 finished bullet journal plan — that would be good. I had finally gotten to the “admission” that I wasn’t going to get what I wanted on my own. I need to pay someone to do the final art work. I know what I want, but I just don’t have the skills to make the pieces to my satisfaction.

Being able to actually use the bullet journal, rather than planning the planner, journal, diary, and calendar would be very helpful.

I have the stalled fabric rug to work on. (Not paper, that’s out.)

If I’m going to work with paper, I need the counter in my office clean and cleared. One reason the bullet journal is in the state it is? I have nowhere to easily lay out the pages. It would be most helpful to be able to use the counter I already have.

craft-room

(No, this isn’t my office, but it could be! Mine is just as full of stuff and equipment and cluttered. This image, like most of them in this blog, is from images.google.com . )

Cleaning up my office will take a week, minimum. It has been a “dumping ground” for too long. Its bookcases are slated to be moved to the attic this spring, and the counter and drawer units moved in the room, so we might be able to get a guest bed in there?

I think this is a really good idea. The living room/kitchen project is stalled until DH finishes the window/shelf unit thing. But that’s stalled because there’s a piece of furniture which needs to be put up for sale/removed first. That’s stalled because the antique store is moving the middle of March, and I already have a piece of furniture for sale there (you get to sell 1 at a time.) Soooo. . . .

Working on my office as a “next step” makes sense. Sigh. It’s always been one of the coldest rooms of the house and it’s February, right? I can’t leave the door open because the small cat thinks pushing things off of shelves/counters is fun. (She’s broken several things in my office already, so she is NOT allowed in there!) Sigh.

On the other hand, if I start this and interleave it between the remaining accounting/tax gather, I will not have to spend hours in a cold room without end. I can use short pieces of time and then go back to the paperwork — and get both done.

When I get the counter cleared, I can write up/show (I hope?) what I want to the graphics art person. It’s a plan!

I get one more cuppa coffee today. I’m off to get it and then start to plot out what has to happen in my office, first.

 

 

Irritating & Human

I spaced an appointment today. I’ve been working hard at being organized, really organized the past week or two, and just blew it.

Which of course makes me mad — madder than when I was completely disorganized! The more I work at it, the madder I get when it doesn’t work. And it seems like I go through a period where try as I might, I screw up, over and over. I think it’s the broken egg/omelette problem.  This time at least, I’m determined NOT to throw my hands up in the air (figuratively) and give up.

chaos-to-order-image

So I “forgave” myself for the lapse. I have another appointment which I have an email out to reschedule. hopefully it can be. There’s a workshop I’d like to go to which creates a conflict.

In some ways being organized is MUCH easier, in others, it’s just work. Not the adult life I thought I’d have, but not feeling like I’m always in a state of chaos will be worthwhile, although scary. It was a major piece of my “camouflage.” I don’t think I need it any more. In fact, I think I need the low stress that not being chaotic will bring!

We’ll see.

J

 

I Thought I’d Done This . . .

We went to an auction last week. I thought I’d published this, but I hadn’t. I’d written it and saved it as a draft. Sigh. Here’s the auction report:

DH bought some hobby things. I don’t track his stuff, so I have no idea how many pieces. My purchases were two: a food container and a box lot of “kitchen tools.”

Of the box lot, I kept 20 pieces. I have 24 pieces staged to sell. I put 97 pieces in the dump bin!

Obviously, I am getting rid of most of it. But the purchase means I LOST 44 off my total. (Noted on the tally 2/14. I hadn’t noted the pieces going to the dump, as they were still here until yesterday.)

I sold a biscuit tin, and a yarn lot (7 skeins) yesterday.+8

Getting something ready to mail which will help, but until it’s actually mailed, it isn’t counted, sigh. I did mail a box ‘o stuff this week: 3 pcs clothing, 3 newspapers, 8 toys. +14, 8+14=22

 


The auction pieces slated to go to the dump are gone. 22+97=119

In the meantime, I bought a new wallet, but the old one will go away today.-1+1 119+0=119

Also, pulled unsold items from the antique store. It may become a boxlot for the auction, go to the flea market in April or just get donated. I have to go through the box.

Today I went through the stored frames and pulled about 6 to get rid of.  Some frames sell. Others don’t and I can’t figure the difference!

Anyway, I need to add 119 items to my total!

 

Tertials?

One of the ideas in those problem-solving books I got the other day is to reorganize your calendar in tertials, instead of quarters. That is, 3 four-month long chunks, instead of 4 three-month chunks.

My current seasonal cleaning, etc. is divided into 4 awkward quarters: Feb-Apr: Spr, May-July: Sum, Aug-Oct: Fall and Nov-Jan: Win. That was what I came up with when it seemed that Jan-Mar, Apr -June, July-Sep, Oct-Dec just didn’t work. September is fall here, as is October. March isn’t winter, but early spring at the end and still winter at the beginning, etc. It was a compromise, it has always been.

Tertials? Let’s see? Nov – Feb: Winter Mar-June: Spring Summer, July-Oct: Fall? Nope.

January-April: Beginnings to transition

[or winter-last gasp of winter transition to first breath of spring]

(blizzards to melting snow)

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May-August: transition to Middle

[or spring transition to beginning and mid-summer]

(ground thaw to the dog days of summer)

*

September-December: Middle to Ending

[or last-gasp of summer transition to fall then transition to the first of winter]

(hot, hot days to the crisp colorful whirling fall colors to icy winds and snow flurries)

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The tertials aren’t ideal, but a lot closer. Things shift here, sometimes quickly and dramatically, mid-month, so there’s no way to divide seasonal or weather-related things if you use month chunks.

calendar-image

I could use weekly chunks and number them. This would be more accurate, but there are 52 of them and it’s not intuitive. It would also be hard to plan and probably complicated to implement I think?

I’ve been looking for simple, easy to use ideas, because I want to make this into a HABIT, it’s the only way I can consistently get the myriad chores done and not lean on the PTSD.

We’ll see!

J