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Wasted Effort

Living in a relatively small space, it's important that I stay on top of the accumulation of clutter. Towards this end I've not only been fairly ruthless in getting rid of things that I don't need or haven't used in a while - but I've also had to find new ways to organize, put away, store, stow and secure any of the stuff that I do decide is worth keeping. In fact, I don't have a lot of stuff, except for books. Books are my weakness, to be sure - if I got rid of them I'd have a fairly bare apartment. What..clothes, surfboards, computer, and video games. That's about it.

Anyway, there's one corner of the apartment that is underutilized in terms of being able to organize stuff there. I have two little rolling carts over there that I house some computer-clutter in. But really, there's a big blank space above them that isn't in use, and that simply won't fly when every inch of empty space of blank wall can be put to some kind of use. So i've been looking around for the appropriate thing to put over there to secure stuff away - and while I have on general principles refused to buy Ikea stuff once I decided it was time to have real adult furniture - I was sucked in by the allure of the perfect organizing thing. It's a bookcase made up of empty squares, but there are drawer, door, and box inserts that can be used. This is perfect - boxes on the bottom two squares for cables and computer paraphernalia (the vestments of being a nerd, I'm afraid), two drawers (one white, one black) in the center for cd's without a case, and other odds and ends, like surf wax, and other little things - and then two door compartments up top (one white, one black in opposing colorr to the drawers below) for bulikier items. Just the thing, it fits the space, fits my need... and is both quite inexpensive and also remarkably sturdy for Ikea furniture.

So I fought through an hour and a half of LA traffic to get out to Glendale last night. It's really a hassle from Santa Monica - only to discover they were sold out of all the drawer and door inserts. Oh, the bookcase they had in plenty, but the stuff I actually needed was nowhere to be found. Waste of a trip - and now the clutter in that corner seems utterly intolerable. In fact, I can sense its surly resentment, knowing that its days are numbered. It's glowering and coiling in the corner, ready to spring when I walk in the door with that dreaded flat pack. Then shall you find me, suffocated and alone, buried under a pile of old AOL cd's, zip drive cables (but no zip drive), out of date video games, hint books, dice, blank paper, nail clippers, USB cables, port adapters, dongles, blank DVD's, glossy photo paper, stationary, prayer beads, paint pots, brushes, and other precious little items I stowed away and forgot about.

Remember me kindly, if at all, friends.

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nixieq
Aug. 21st, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
i've got to ask: what, pray tell, is a "dongle?"
aghrivaine
Aug. 21st, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
A computer part, basically. More specifically, one that is inserted into a port on your PC that then does something with the output from that port - whether it's broadcast it, store it, adapt it to another i/o device, whatever.
blanchemains
Aug. 21st, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
One hates it when one's dongle refuses to be decently stowed away out of sight.
nixieq
Aug. 21st, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
FTW
parrismcb
Aug. 21st, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
be strong, my friend
you can conquer those piles of kibble and no longer useful widgets.

Before the house rebuild, I sorted and tossed a billion bits, and now as I unpack the boxes more than a year later, I'm determined to toss out another half billion, minimum.

It can be done, just ask if you've needed it in the last 2 years, or anticipate using it in the next two years. Exempt, of course, are those personal treasures and mementos, and, well, the books.... what shall we do about our objects of love and memory, our books?

If you end up with a fair amount of electronica and computer stuff, check and see if you've got a recycling program to take the toxic bits to, and there might be takers on a local freecycle board for functioning items.

Good luck and don't let the kibble brood and lurk too long!
misskitty14
Aug. 22nd, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
A big ol' honking organizer cubby? The obsessive-compulsive in me is BURNING with covetosity.
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