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21 November 2011 @ 11:21 pm
Household reclamation / road to an office  
Interesting, unexpected, and intriguing side effect: as I was driving home from my meeting, I started thinking about doing a decluttering ritual tonight, and immediately got a burst of energy. I'll take it, it's good positive reinforcement, but now I'm wondering if I'm maybe not putting everything back when I'm done with it, at the end of the cleaning session.

Still with sweet decaf coffee. Put in about an hour and a half.

Today's before picture is yesterday's after picture.





The white box turned out to be full of stuff -- including, she says with much joy, some of my filk songbooks! It was also full of pencils and pens and markers. All of that has been shifted downstairs into the Freecycle this pile. The boombox has been moved elsewhere, since Dale says that's the better one and we should keep it. The bottom shelf was emptied and dusted, and books were dusted and replaced.

The brown box in the lower left is books to go to McKay's, and the one on the right is stuff I want to keep but don't have a place for yet.


Crossposted to http://flylady.livejournal.com/1014693.html
 
 
 
chanda_mchanda_m on November 22nd, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
Isn't motivation a great thing?

Its great watching this shelf taking shape... it already looks so much better.

I like your temporary boxes too, they don't look too cluttered... its a good way to keep those items that will soon find a new home!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 22nd, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Motivation is wonderful!
Maggiesillymagpie on November 22nd, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
Hmm... I need to learn to do a decluttering ritual. Make that a bulldozering ritual... :-)
DangerBhahayouredead on November 22nd, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. Unfortunately, I can't afford to rent the 'dozer necessary for my decluttering... heh...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 22nd, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I thought it was going to take a bulldozer (or, ghods forbid, a fire) to get me moving, but -- and I'll grant that three days does not make a trend -- so far this is working, just a little bit every day.
~M~je_reviens on November 23rd, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Focus on how you *feel* when you move into a neat and clean space. All the mess? Is stagnant energy.

remember how you *feel* and you will see it becomes addicting :-)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 23rd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I think for me there's a happy medium -- "too" neat and tidy is uncomfortable, and so is "too" cluttered. Somewhere in between seems to work best for me. But maybe if I move closer to neat and tidy in my own space, that will change.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 22nd, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Well, you could try this one and see if it helps . . . .
Gnome: LookBehindgnomentum on November 22nd, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Ohh, this looks so much better! I'm impressed :)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 22nd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Dr. Ben Mack: Prominent User of the Internetepi_lj on November 22nd, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Nice! It looks like progress is being made.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 22nd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
It is, and it feels really good.
~M~je_reviens on November 23rd, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Excellent! I loooooooove organizing posts!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 23rd, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! If all goes well, I will continue on this path until I get my office done. After that, who knows? *grin*
galingale: NEAT! Sewinggalingale on November 23rd, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
Neat! Just like magic.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 23rd, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Indeed! *grin*