This entry is a little overdue.
This week’s plan: closet. To keep this short and sweet, it is still in progress.
Right now things are in a messier state. The three previous areas are no longer clear, but I believe it looks worse than it actually is. In terms of the number of active days, this was not the most productive week, but in other ways, I made some headway.
The boxes: ‘Trash’ and ‘recycle’ boxes are not fully empty, the ‘donate’ box has new items in it, the ‘shred’ box is still very full. New ‘paper’ box has been started, which is about half full. The ‘important documents’ box is more than half-full.
Day 1 (Wednesday): I put one trash bag out as planned.
Day 2 (Thursday): Brought my bag of items to Salvation Army.
Day 3-5 (Friday to Sunday): No progress as I was away.
Day 6 (Monday): my notes are a little confusing, but I think I emptied out the bottom/third (filing) drawer of my desk (a little off plan).
Day 7 (Tuesday): Started going through closet. This was sort of a preliminary thing to see what was there but I did get rid of things (recycling or trash). I also went through the contents of the bottom desk drawer (contained file folders, paper, tapes, etc.) mainly to search for any important documents. These, along with the files, were put in the ‘Important Documents’ box. I believe I also emptied the remaining two drawers of my desk as well as my desk cabinet which holds my computer tower (I had other paper goods in there). The first/top drawer contained mostly supplies which were straightened out a bit and mostly put back. There was also a memorabilia folder which I transferred to an ‘In Transit’ box. The second drawer contained mostly paper I think. I put what I could in recycling and any supplies in the first drawer, but the rest was put in a box I started for the paper contents of the bottom drawer. The cabinet contained envelopes, a few cards, Japanese (rice?) paper and a small decorative box. So right now, the top drawer of my desk contains supplies, the second and third drawers are empty. The plan is to eventually sort through the important documents and file them in an organized fashion. The desk cabinet is empty. I still have a few things leftover from the drawers to go through.
Day 1 of Week 6 (Wednesday): I started going through a large bag in my closet and pulled a second smaller bag (I don’t know how I found the energy to take that second bag out after the first). That morning, I went and bought a new set of boxes. I didn’t want to add new boxes but I knew I needed some for the process. In this case, I started a new paper box and a new recycle box. This same day, I prepared and put out a large recycle bag and one garbage bag. Unfortunately, neither my recycle nor my trash boxes were completely empty. I was just very tired and it was very late. The trash box was nearly empty though and as far as recycling, I had eliminated the second box and the original one was maybe less than half full.
How I feel: Going through my closet was not the most comfortable thing, as I had anticipated. I did come across items and pieces of paper that brought me back to the past and conjured feelings that were not always so pleasant. At some point, it just seemed like so much stuff and a never ending process. A room that was so much clearer just the week before (and that I could envision inviting people into in the near future) was suddenly a mess again (no one can see it now!) and I was sitting in the middle of it all, surrounded. Somehow, after dinner and a bit of a cry, I just kept going. At that point, it was probably more about preparing my recycle and trash bags but still. What did offer some encouragement was seeing that I had quite a bit to recycle (two boxes) and that my newly created paper box was actually not as full as I thought it would be by the end of the day, considering how much paper was filling those bags. And fortunately, I did not discover any scary creatures!
Part of me felt a bit lost as I went through old things, and yet, now that I’ve moved past some of it, I feel prepared to keep moving forward. Maybe it’s just a determination to get the closet done and also get rid of the current mess, I don’t know. There is still a lot to do, and I’m looking forward to being able to get to the next stages.
On other notes, I’ve continued reading the book which perhaps is a good thing. Also, I have spent lots of time these past weeks researching desks. I’m not sure if this has been mentioned in past entries but I have a few oversize pieces of furniture in my space. I had come across an old flyer which featured a space-saving desk and it seemed to be just what I needed. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it or one similar to it. So I looked and looked and came across one potential option with the advantage of also being a space-saver and being off the floor, which is great, but I’m still a bit unsure about it. Recently I have also found myself questioning whether I truly need it and would use it, and am also a bit reluctant to invest too much money in my space. I had also thought about how I would still need a file cabinet and perhaps a hutch or something to store supplies in (although when I went to buy boxes, I spotted something I really liked that could store some of my office supplies). I also eventually need a place for my books. These are all things I will look into more carefully when the time comes to organize the space, but for now, the main idea is that I plan to get rid of my desk (that’s partly why I was emptying the drawers). I was a bit unsure in the past as it is a good and nice piece of furniture that I thought I could perhaps use in a future space but I’ve made the decision to let it go and I know getting it out will make a big difference in space. I hoped that maybe I could sell it and make a little bit of money off it as it is still in good condition but now I’m thinking I might have to just forgo and forget that. I was unsure whether it would fit through my door without being taken apart and after measuring, I happily discovered it would fit. From a suggestion in the book I’m reading, I looked in the yellow pages and found an organization that will come pick up donations, including furniture, for free, so I was thinking this might be the way to go, and perhaps soon.
Changing the subject, I’m not sure I’m too happy with the format of these entries and I also feel like there are many details I am not including here and that my notes are confusing to myself (I tried adding details about the desk drawers before finalizing the entry). It’s probably not so important to readers. Maybe it’s more for my own tracking and progress. I’m also a bit bothered by the Wednesday to Tuesday weeks. Not sure if it’s the most efficient but maybe this can change at some point.
So the main goal for this next week is to continue working on the closet. My overall timeline seems a bit vague right now, which I don’t like so much. And this seems to be taking longer than I planned, but again, I am trying to focus on the positive. This week I read something that said: no matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
I do have some goals for this next week, which I think is a good thing. They are as follows:
-ideally finish the closet by Tuesday and move Transit boxes in
-clear any leftover mess from previous areas
-empty the recycle and trash boxes
-look into getting the desk out
-empty small bin of newspapers
-bring another bag to Salvation Army
Today, which I suppose was technically Day 2 of Week 6, was a break day. I was focusing a bit more on the job search.
Tomorrow, it will be back to working on the closet.