Organization by digicam

My wife and I have been going through a bit of a crazed organization phase recently, which has been helping enrich our local Ikea and Container Store to no end but which has also been making our apartment into a more livable cave.

This last weekend was a particularly good time for it; we had a couple of rooms that had become basically clutter heaps, but now have clear floors.  Many books shelved, loose papers filed,  homeless random crap given homes… We sat back after the weekend and felt like we’d DONE something.

Also I was in extreme pain for two days, but this morning I woke up and didn’t immediately go for Tylenol, so that’s an improvement.

On the other hand, there’s a point where you know you’ve gotten a LOT accomplished, and you think there’s probably a bunch to do, but you’ve gotten so many of the big tasks done that you look at your apartment and you think “Well, it’s a lot better, I don’t really see how it could be improved.”

Yesterday, I had the bright idea to wander the newly-organized apartment with a digital camera and just take photos of rooms, shelves, etc, from all sorts of angles and perspectives, and then browse through them when I was out of the apartment.

It’s amazing what you see when you look at your living space that way; you start saying things like “Wait, why do we have the boxes, carefully stored away, for the wireless router?  And why haven’t I given that 2MP digital camera, again with the carefully stored away box, to Goodwill yet?  And why do I have a bunch of gachapon figures tossed into a cardboard box, when at the same time I have a completely empty Milk & Cheese lunchbox stuck in a closet that should be on display and could co-incidentally hold all the loose gachapon figures?

I won’t go through the whole list of “Wait, why do I…?” because it had something like 30 entries.  None of them are particularly huge things,  which is how they escaped notice during what I’ll call the “macro” organization, but combined, taking care of them has already started to make a notable difference in clutter levels.

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