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Digging out of the mire [Feb. 24th, 2012|04:02 pm]
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A couple of things have come together to inspire me to spend the next week in spring cleaning and organization. First of all, Ferrett is out of town on his annual pilgrimage to his ancestral home, plus visits to places further east. So I have the house to myself and can tear through it without being in his way. And I can turn on whatever music I want to listen to at volume and enjoy it while I work.

Second, my friend Cat Valente has started a new Tumblr about getting herself organized called Girl Unlocked and she is inspiring me. I'm far too lazy to start a different blog for such things, so you will just have to bear with me here. It's not cooking, but it is part of living graciously, so I feel justified. And it's my blog, so I get to do what I want.

Ferrett departed this morning, and my first reaction...was to sit down and veg on the computer for a while. I was missing him terribly even as he pulled out of the driveway. Yeah, it's nice to have this time to rip things apart, get the dust bunnies out of the back corners, and generally reorganize, and yeah, it's something I do much more efficiently when I'm home alone than when I have someone around. But honestly, I'd choose living with the dust and clutter over having him gone.

I'm sappy. I know.

Anyway, after a short pout, I rousted myself off the couch and got to work. I've read several books on getting your house cleaned and organized. They universally suggest focusing on one room at a time, and for just a small part of the day.

Naturally, I attacked the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, AND master bedroom.

Now admittedly, none of these rooms were in truly disastrous shape. It was clutter and dust more than anything for the living room and dining room. The bedroom had some junk, but most of it was easy to find a home for. And the bathroom just needed cleaning (don't they always?!). Still, it took about four solid hours of work. But now I have all my main living spaces looking neat and uncluttered, just the way I like them, and they will stay that way for the next 10 days!

Tomorrow the real work begins: I have to attack my office. It looks like a Tornado Alley trailer park right now. And it needs more than just cleaning up; I need to think about properly reorganizing it so it's not so prone to getting this messy. It's probably a two-day job all by itself. After that, the guest room, which will not take too long, and my sewing room, which is another two-day job at least. Then there's Ferrett's office.

I'm thinking that I might just leave that be. A girl can only push her luck so far.

As I noted at the beginning, with Ferrett gone I could put on whatever music I wanted, as loud as I wanted, while cleaning. So I did. I dug around to find my favorite music of all time: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5. And not just any recording. I own three copies, but even after finding the other two I had to keep looking until I found the recording of the Vienna Philharmonic with Vladimir Ashkenazy at the piano and Zubin Mehta conducting. I listened to the whole thing twice, and it did my spirit good.

Now I am sneezing from the dust and a bit cobwebby. Time to reward myself with a relaxing bath. The tub's even clean!

Crossposting from Dreamwidth now. Sigh. If LJ won't let you comment, you can comment here: http://zoethe.dreamwidth.org/792430.html?mode=reply:
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2012-02-24 09:43 pm (UTC)
sounds like a good day!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-25 12:26 am (UTC)
It was. And then I even worked out!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2012-02-24 10:05 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I'm probably a poor one to talk about organization, but when I DO get organized, I find it helpful to have boxes: keep (and with paperwork, file), toss (right into a paper bag for the recycle bin) and move (belongs in a different room). You can zip through stuff pretty quickly by sorting this way(or in another way that makes more sense to you). Once sorted, it's pretty easy to put everything in it's proper place.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-25 12:27 am (UTC)
I will fetch a box in from the garage for that. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: wished4this
2012-02-24 10:38 pm (UTC)
I love the feeling after I've finished cleaning my entire place from top to bottom... it's usually 4am and my body is hurting and my eyes can barely stay open anymore (because I always tackle way more than any one person should do in a day).... but it hurts so good. Maybe I'll do that this weekend.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-25 12:25 am (UTC)
It's a great feeling!
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[User Picture]From: delosd
2012-02-25 04:50 am (UTC)
Why do I have this strange mental picture of you, waving a broom vigorously over your head, chasing and swatting at the free range dust bunnies? Sort of like a Tom & Jerry cartoon...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-25 07:30 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yes, it was just like that, dear.
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From: anonymousalex
2012-02-25 05:32 am (UTC)
Ah, the joys of a good spring clean. Time to get back to mine own.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-25 07:31 pm (UTC)
The other rooms have to wait until my back recovers a bit. I rather overdid it!
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[User Picture]From: roaming
2012-02-25 06:39 am (UTC)
oooh, great link to Cat's blog. Problem for me with that is, her blog is soooo much more interesting than unfucking my own hoard, that I'll spend time reading that and not doing anything.

And it's kind of like dieting: one gets all revved up at the beginning and actually makes progress. Eventually slipping back into the same bad habits. (Why yes, I HAVE wasted thousands of dollars on professional organizers. Why do you ask?)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-25 07:32 pm (UTC)
It is very much like that, I fear.
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2012-02-25 11:22 pm (UTC)
As you know, I am a total dork and neat freak...but when I come over on Tuesday, we can brainstorm about a better setup and filing system for your office. I'm all excited and motivated over here :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-26 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm totally intimidated by the idea! But it's probably a good one. Eep!

What time were you thinking on Tuesday?
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2012-02-26 06:05 pm (UTC)
Barring any work disasters, I can arrive anytime after 5pm. What works for you?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-26 08:08 pm (UTC)
If we are going to ride at all, it has better be ASAP. Looking forward to time with you!
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[User Picture]From: roaming
2012-02-25 11:43 pm (UTC)
I cannot THANK YOU enough for posting here about Cat Valente's Girl Unlocked blog. It so resonates for me (except for the Being A Writer(tm) thang, which isn't my calling*), and for my friends with ADD who are/want to be writers. (hrmmm, does ADD cause writer-envy, or is it the other way 'round?)

Trouble is, I'm so much more interested in reading her blog than getting off my arse and unfuckening my life/study/bedroom/theRoomWhoseNameShallNotBeMentioned(but used to be called The Craft Room before the Hoarder Fey colonized it).

*but imagine how much time I wouldn't spend on unfuckening things living rentfree in my house if I DID do the writing thang! Oy! AND vey.

(see, I'm so ADD'd I didn't realize I already said this yesterday. oh well. Still true.)

Edited at 2012-02-25 11:45 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-26 01:44 pm (UTC)
It bears repeating!
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2012-02-26 05:44 am (UTC)
If you like Beethoven, the Cleveland Orchestra is doing both Beethoven's Ninth and Sixth in early March.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-26 01:51 pm (UTC)
Alas, with Ferrett's upcoming travel now increasing we are on a very tight - i.e., nonexistent - entertainment budget for the foreseeable future.
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[User Picture]From: jnanacandra
2012-02-28 05:49 pm (UTC)
"...my favorite music of all time: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5... until I found the recording of the Vienna Philharmonic with Vladimir Ashkenazy at the piano and Zubin Mehta conducting."

That's my favorite music of all time too! And I have that same recording - it is incomparable.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-01 12:15 am (UTC)
Isn't it fabulous?!
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[User Picture]From: justbeast
2012-02-29 07:59 pm (UTC)
Heeee, solidarity! I'm in completely the same predicament. I've got serious "Cat is gone off to NY" blues, and have also decided to unfuck my life! :)

*long-distance fistbump*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-01 12:18 am (UTC)
Woot! She is a great inspiration. The only major spaces left to deal with are my sewing space and Ferrett's office. The entire upstairs is wonderfully clean!
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