I sold more than 30 boxes of books at the book sale last weekend. Great! I’m getting rid of books and other items, daily. Also great!
But the progress is still not really discernible, which is NOT great.
I have taken boxes of books and stuff to the dump’s swap shop. I have boxed up items for future flea markets. I have gone through all the boxes in various stacks and removed the obvious culls, labelled and then restacked tidily, the remainder. Does it look better? Yes.
But it’s still a mess.
And it isn’t that I’m so tired of owning all this stuff, it’s that I’m tired of spending all my time dealing with stuff or ignoring the mess.
I want to do other things. I have acquired some new work gigs, which are going to obviously take some time. The memoir probably needs revision and I’m in the midst of an edit of that manuscript anyway. And so on. All I need is a month of 100 hour days, and we’re all set!
The biggest issue of course really is the PTSD. If I push much harder than I am, I’m pretty sure it will jump down my throat. Panic attacks are not fun. These days they seem to show up in the middle of the night most of the time. I’d really like to avoid that, if at all possible.
And aside from just pitching everything in a dumpster, there is no other solution. It takes time, that’s all.
Posted in backlog, behaviors, Books, calendar, cleaning, cleaning up, Culling, dehoarding, Digging Out from Under, future plans, Getting Organized, Goals, healing, Hoarding, learning, Life Lessons, Making Home, Memoir, minimalism, New Habits, organization, projects, PTSD, publication, Resolutions, scheduling, self-interest, status, Storage, stuff
Tagged culling and cleaning, frustration, stuff, whacking away at it
As of right now, I have
1,300 1,4xx emails in my “trash.”
8/7/19 11:27 a.m., 6xx 8/23/19
I’ve decided that I need more exacting goals if I’m ever going to get to the lean and mean lifestyle I want.
So, that means that the average number of emails in my trash needs to be at least 2,000. This is a challenge I’m setting myself.
8/7/19 9:05 a.m.
This post was written in Word and then cut/pasted into WordPress, because I couldn’t get the &*(&*( block editor to act correctly. That’s also the reason there are no categories or tags for this post. If/when I figure that out, I’ll add them, later.
Posted in cleaning up, Culling, Dealing with Tech., Digging Out from Under, Getting Organized, Goals, Making Home, minimalism, New Habits, organization, projects, Rules of the Road, self-interest, to do list
Tagged email cull, email mess, email purges, purging emails
Years ago it must have been, one of my parents or someone got a brochure for a housing development in SoCal. For some reason, this has always been my image of an ideal home. I guess the marketing people got me right!
It shows a 108′ x 300′ lot. the lot is divided into 5 (from the street):
- House, driveway, drying yard, etc.
- Pond, grass
- Swing set/play area, tennis or badmidton court, veggie garden,
- four rows of fruit trees, 4 per row, (40)
- chicken house/goat pen.
Tennis courts take 42′ in length. Dwarf apple trees take 10′ each, an orchard of 4 x 4 trees would take up 40 linear feet
Those items take up 82 of 300 feet, leaving 212′ in length for the animal pen area (chickens/goats), the grass/pond, and oh yes, the house and front lawn.
The lot as shown is 3/4 of an acre. We have more than that, although not a lot! I wouldn’t have thought we had room for 16 fruit trees, a chicken coop,a tennis court, a pond AND the house? I’m not interested in the tennis court, swing set, etc., but the pond, fruit trees and chicken coop are interesting. Hmm!
My taste is off, well, it’s not off — it’s just that I want things that don’t seem to exist. I want some website art work done, no one wants the work for some reason? And I want fabric with a big sun for my kitchen, can’t find what I want there either.
So, the conclusion is that I’ll have to do it myself!
To that end, I intend to take some photoshop classes online. Both things can be done with photoshop. If I knew photoshop well enough, I would have done them already. I don’t. I don’t think that way, so I have to learn how. I can do really basic manipulation of things, but not to the extent that I need for both projects.
The website stuff is easy, once I get it done, I load it and it’s there. The other I’ll have to make into fabric. But I know where to do that, spoonflower.com. All I have to do is figure out how their tech works well enough to use it. That’s all!
Being weird is expensive sometimes.
Posted in behaviors, Creativity, Dealing with Tech., future plans, Goals, house decoration, Internet Issues, Planning, projects, Tech, Website, workarounds
Tagged If you can't find what you want learn to make it yourself! Photoshop
I’ve been purging email all along. Just so you know, there’s 1,3xx emails in my trash and 25,2xx in my main in box. Still going down and I’m going to keep it that way!
Photo by Web Hosting on Unsplash
The messages to “increase my file size” have also mostly stopped, thankfully. But I’ve gotten in the habit of deleting unwanted emails every day, and see no reason to change that!
Posted in behaviors, cleaning up, Culling, Dealing with Tech., Digging Out from Under, Getting Organized, Internet Issues, Life Lessons, minimalism, organization, projects, self-interest, status, Tech
Tagged culling electronic files, email purges, New Habits, working on it!