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room with a view

four hours of cleaning and I can see more of my floor than before, the overflowing trash and recycling are now empty, and I cleared off one of ten shelves that need shoveling through. I should never have gotten this shelving unit; it just made me feel like I could set stuff down anywhere and so for many years I have and now it is a dense mass of random crap. I know where most everything is, but it is still random crap and much of it needs tossing.

I don't know what to do with mail or instruction manuals. I do have an expanding file where I put documents that I think I might want to keep and one pocket is for instruction manuals for small electronic things like watches and phones but I hardly ever go back and refer to any of them. but at least they have a place. so while I was digging instruction manuals out from the mess on the desk shelf of the whole unit I did know where to put them, but I don't know what to do with the ones I already have in there. do I still have that clock? do I need to have a map of all the function buttons on that calculator?

mail is a different question. what am I supposed to do with documents from my bank or from social security or other pieces that have lots of identity-stealing information on them? why, for instance, do debit cards always come in a cardstock flyer with your account number printed on it? you can't throw it away unless you have a shredder. so I tore off the end that had the number on it, will put that in my expanding file and throw out the rest. outdated notifications from my bank I don't know what to do with. I have put them in the recycling before, sometimes tearing them down the middle of account numbers first, but that does not seem particularly secure to me. creditor notices--although if someone wants those credit card numbers they are welcome to them.

tomorrow I must recycle the boxes still lining the pathway from my door to my desk and try to clean off my long-neglected altar/shrine/candle burning place as well as the mess that is now sitting on the shelf above the desk I can suddenly see. I almost wish I had the energy to keep going now but I don't. too tired. but I am proud of myself for finding my desk. now I can do stuff on it like look at things with my radio shack pocket microscope.

I think it might be time to go take some facebook quizzes now so I can clutter up my friends' timelines. >: )

then bed for an unpredictable amount of time.


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Jul. 26th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Cleaing and going through junk has to be one of the most awful jobs ever.
Jul. 26th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
sometimes it has a treasure hunt quality in that I often find things that I forgot I had bought some time ago or something that actually had slipped my memory banks as to its whereabouts, but mostly it is drudgery with the added pain of having to figure out where to put the crap you want to keep once you've pulled it all out and dusted the shelf.

and then of course you vow to do better and throw things away immediately as indicated. yup.
Jul. 26th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Finding things you didn't realize you had or misplaced can be fantastic, like Christmas.

I need to clean and dust in here, but no energy.
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