The Drama of Packing Books and The Year of the Bookshelf

I’ve been told before that “How you do one thing is how you do everything.” If packing to move were compared to my general flight path in life, I’d have to agree. What takes my far more focused husband a few hours, will take me days as I flit around and get distracted, inspired, or pulled into a side-project. I started reading a fabulous book called THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. In her book she advises to do all your discarding first before any organizing, and to do it by one of five categories, rather than by room. She even suggests the order in which you discard (from “easiest to hardest”) starting with clothes. I loved that part. Giving away clothes that weren’t “bringing me...

The Spider Relocation Project (AKA Office Renovation) @ 3:15 AM

A RECAP (with spiders) Current office space. Depressing. Crowded. Ick. Soon-to-be-Room-of-my-Own The Shed has been home to random boxiness since we moved in almost 3 years ago. Before The Shed-to-Den-of-Awesomeness project begins. And the current inhabitants are going to have to move. After a lot of heavy lifting and the relocation of 37 spiders (32 Daddy Longlegs and 5 Wolf Spiders) We have . . . empty space! And the spider relocation project is a success! However, they revisited me in my dreams during the 3:15 Experiment. from The 3:15 Experiment August 7, 2010 A jar of spiders in the sun daddy long-legs paddling the air they must be relocated re launched     spider astronauts flying in the wind through space     moments before touching down on cement block or...

The Inner Sanctum (a work in progress)

Okay, so if you were thinking to yourself, that’s not so bad, Danika. Doesn’t look too packed or out of control in your office. That shouldn’t take three weeks! Well, that’s because I haven’t shown you what’s hiding inside The Shed. My soon-to-be-Inner Sanctum. The place where unpacked boxes have been hibernating for almost 3 years. I’m converting it to my new office. Ta-da! My first task is to move everything out of The Shed so I can soup up the inside. It’s all going to have to be piled into the main garage, without blocking access to Victor’s private Kitty Lounge, the laundry machine, and all Baby’s man-gadgets. Drywall repair? No problem! Since our reno, I know more about drywall than any poet has a...

Three Week Office ReOrg Challenge

I’ve been working from home in various capacities for most of my adult life. Moving four times in five years has left me with an unsettled and hodge-podge organizational system. Juggling a book launch, a dozen creative projects and various writing and teaching contracts in an inefficient environment is affecting my ability to focus! Grrr. I decided that for my work-at-home-life to actually work, I’d have to create a better space in which the magic can happen. I haven’t had a proper office purge and reorg since 1999. My “things” have been in temporary spaces for years and my filing system has been in transition since 2007. Time to GTSD. Since I love me a good challenge and start a new contract in 3 weeks, I’ve given myself that...