Monday, May 25, 2015

Holy Calamity

I have a deadline of June 27th to get the flat file cleaned out and the contents ready for another edition of Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap that very day.  So, I really need to be ready the night before, but if it's anything like last time, I'll be scooping things into boxes the morning of.  Oh, and then that same evening is Comix Thing, just like last time.  I'll update my links as we get closer to the actual day of the events. 

Stuff I've found in the file drawers is blowing my mind.  In addition to assloads of comic art miscellaneous:
  • A thick wad of ancient Zip-A-Tone sheets, multiple patterns 
  • More tiny green wooden Monopoly houses.  Why are these here?  Is the universe trying to tell me something?
  • The Mummy figurine I'd been searching for, to go with a treasure chest of some kind I already had sitting around.  I'm still missing the base but it's probably in a drawer I haven't looked in yet.

I have less stuff to prepare for next month's events but the boxes seem heavier.  Everything that was piled on top of the file is going with me to Frankenstein's.  And, not to disparage Dylan, but he sure jammed a lot of stuff into these drawers at crazy angles.

I spent the weekend away and now I'm tired and feeling behind on everything.  My living room looks like a living nightmare and I have moths.  At least the ants have abated.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Credible and Competent Reviews

It's been a long time since I reviewed any organizing and housekeeping lit so I found a couple nice things for discussion.

Unfuck Your Habitat is a Tumblr blog I subscribe to that has lists of tips, admonishments, and "before and after" photo scenarios.  I live for "before and after" pics and they're probably what most make me want to get up and move stuff around.  On a daily basis the blog charges you to make your bed and "unfuck tomorrow morning" by preparing a few simple things ahead of schedule.  I give this blog A+ for simplicity and visuals; organizing suggestions should be concise. 

My habitat is still mildly fucked and I've got an ant problem that won't quit, but blogs like this one make me keep trying.  Here's a graph prepared by Fitzrovian Industries analyzing the sharp downward trend in problemosis over the last four years:

 I credit Johnny Ryan's book Prison Pit #1 for inspiring the high-end rating.  That's about as bad as it gets.

All right, my next review is about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a book by Marie Kondo, who is an organizing consultant from Japan.  I got my own copy at last, because there are about 700 holds on it at the library and one of my friends who is reading it needs a little more time with it.

This is a preliminary review because I need to finish reading it.  I'm going to rate it highly already because Ms. Kondo actually had a mystical experience that brought her to her current organizing philosophy.  A god-like voice spoke to her after she had a mini-breakdown and told her how to change her approach to paring down!!  Which happens to be focusing things you love to keep, or as she puts it, things that "spark joy", rather than on the stuff you get rid of.  I know that this concept has had a profound meaning for some people I know, and applied to other aspects of their lives.

My only disagreement with her so far is that she thinks you should do all the organizing of everything all at once, whereas I've been doing it space by space.  I think I'd wanna die if I I had made an occasion of doing my whole house, my stuff and Dylan's stuff together.  I can see why her method makes sense though.  I don't know if I want to apply it to my place at this point.  Also, if I finished then this blog is finished, right?

It's finally getting nicer outdoors in Portland and that means it's time to put free stuff out on the sidewalk.  It's time to get free stuff too, or leave it where it lies.  Free sidewalk stuff makes a total hypocrite out of me.