Saturday, April 08, 2006

mission de-clutter...

I managed to put the slipcover back on my couch after washing to cover up the plaid. And I did recycle some more magazines. My pile for Goodwill is growing. I took a few 'before' photos, but they're a bit fuzzy and the lighting is bad. I'll have to take some photos on Saturday when I have some daylight. Perhaps I should do some storage-container shopping this weekend. I think that means Target, the Container Store, Walmart maybe? I need to measure the shelves in my closet and figure out what'll fit best for my needs. I was in Kohl's yesterday and I saw some cool fake leather storage boxes, but the small one (12x12x4) was $14! What a ripoff.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

to cure or not to cure...

I think I'll take some photos for the AT cure before I clean my apartment any more (but I'll clean up my bedroom a *little* more. It needs to be somewhat presentable and not a disaster. I think the photos would be for me only, as the 'cure' takes place during the entire studying time for the next architecture exam. I'll see how I feel about it after I read the book.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Apartment Therapy Book

Apartment Therapy is starting the 8 step home cure. I'd like to play along, but I'm not really thinking about spending money right now and I can't paint, so all I'd do would be to clear up clutter and move around some art. I don't think that really qualifies for the whole thing, and I think the 'before' and 'after' photos would be too similar. Maybe I'll stop in Books Inc for the AT book today.

Other things to go through (in time):
photos - albums and boxes and digital (and Hawaii!)
books - in bookcases and boxes; what can be donated and what do I read all the time?
closet - mega reorganization, go through the knick knacks; what is an important memory and what will I not miss?
jewelry boxes - how to organize, where to put it/them?
clothes and shoes - all types, what is showing wear and should be retired?

I think I'm going to start getting rid of at least one thing when I get a new thing. We'll see how that works.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Living room progress

I've been able to take the extra piece off the desk and build the second shelf. I moved my monitor to be in the corner between the two shelves and went through all my computer supplies. I trashed a bunch of old manuals and junky computer parts and consolidated the paperwork and disks I still need. I moved the printer and scanner to the shelf at the window and put the GG bridge sculpture and the japanese stained glass on the shelf against the wall. For the time being, I have all the desk supplies and computer cd cases below that shelf, but I think it would look better with them below the other shelf. Things in my living space are shaping up. Time to work on the bottom shelf of the coffee table and the bookcase. I've also got to figure out if there's a good way to store all my drawings that are currently under the desk. That's not really an ideal location.

I got a plant this weekend, so that's on my coffee table. I'm hoping I can keep it alive. I think the items on the top surface of coffee table should be: book (maybe), coasters (could go on bottom shelf), and candle; keys are ok too. Mail should go out of view; for now I'm putting it in the basket on the bottom shelf, but that's really not big enough. Knitting should be moved out of there, as well as the aromatherapy box and christmas cards and whatever else I have there.

Other things in that room to attack: cables - especially next to the tv; location of the 'broken glass' lamp; dvd storage.