Cleaning House

This weekend, I was feeling weighed down and buried under. And sure, I’ve got things to be stressed and worried about—but I have a lot of really positive things going on in my life too. As I usually do in these situations, I started looking around and asking myself, “Okay, then what’s the problem?” As I looked at my bed, floor, bookshelves, and dresser, I realized my living space was quite literally buried under stuff. This weekend, I’ve been digging out.

Part of the problem is that I’ve moved back into my childhood bedroom, a bedroom that stayed pretty much full while I lived in Michigan and collected more stuff. Another part of the problem is my chronic disorganization and inability to put my things back in their place when I’m done with them. I’ve been trying to deal with my stuff since I moved back almost a year ago (!!) but then the files I was filing papers in got left in the middle of the floor, mid-file, and became MORE of the problem instead of the solution they were supposed to be. I actually solved my laundry system a few weeks ago, but failed to implement my system after the next time I did laundry, so once again it didn’t help (although the system did work, once I started using it again). Follow-through is my issue; I can clean and organize just fine, but keeping it that may be a life-long battle. Still, having a harmonious workspace is so important to accomplishing anything creatively. This happened in college too. Gotta write an essay or make an illustration? Clean your room. It feels like the worst kind of procrastination, but it’s also the most necessary preparation. Getting your space in order helps get your brain in order. It lets you think.

I’ve made huge improvements to my space in the last few days. I may have put the files in the chest under my bed along with everything else that still needs to be filed. Even if I haven’t finished the filing system, I got it off the floor. The big box of college notebooks and memories that blocked the way to my bookshelf is now also under the bed, and blessedly out of sight. Today, I sorted through cards and correspondence going back to elementary school. I’m trying to create systems for future storage, and I’m trying to make my space more pleasant and functional (how about hanging my earrings on a screen instead of keeping them in crowded boxes on my dresser? And what about framing and hanging those posters?). I’m also working really hard on the follow-through. The most important part of this is that current projects cannot be left out on the floor when I go to bed at night. They must be dealt with and put away.

This photo shows a scrap of the recently liberated floorspace, as well as all the BOOKS I can now access unimpeded.

This photo shows a scrap of the recently liberated floorspace, as well as all the BOOKS I can now access unimpeded. You can’t see it in this photo, but there’s another large bookshelf to the right, behind the door.

So that’s what’s been going on here. It’s not very exciting, but it’s a big deal for my personal well-being. I love being able to reach my bookshelf, and I love actually wanting to spend time in the place I sleep every night.

I know I still owe two Race to the 8th prizes. I hope to get them to you very soon! There’s also some other bits of news I should tell you, but this is all for tonight. Cheers!

-G

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  1. Ha ha! We sound very similar on that front. 🙂 I’m spending a good part of my Spring Break cleaning and re-organizing my apartment–or organizing, since it wasn’t organized to begin with! I also think that will be my life-long battle. *sigh* But good for you! Like anything else, just gotta practice and stay on top of it. 😉

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    • Yeah, practice makes perfect! The room is still clean a week later, so I’m hoping I’ve actually hit on some strategies to keep it that way. The coming months will tell! How’s your apartment looking? A clean apartment sounds like a really nice gift to give yourself for your last few months of college. 🙂

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      • Ha ha, it does! Although we’ll see. So far I’m doing good on the clothes front, OK on dishes, and… well, maybe a little less awesomely on putting things away, but hey! I’m trying. xD I’m glad that thus far your room is standing the test of time, though! Keep up the good work! 🙂 Clean room, cluttered mind~

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  2. You have a charming space there. I don’t know too much about your mother’s side of the family but I’m afraid that on your father’s side, you come from a long line of clutterbugs. Sorry. 🙂

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    • It’s on both sides, alas! But my mother and I are working together and both getting better at organizing our space, one step at a time… 😀

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