anthimeria: Gears, some magnified (Gears)
2016-09-12 04:44 pm
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donation made easy

I live in fairly cramped quarters, and one of the issues I mentioned was finding places to PUT things while I figured out how/when to drop them off for donation.  I found possibly the easiest way ever to donate (assuming you have easy access to boxes).  It's call Give Back Box.  Basically all you need to do is sign up (free), print a shipping label (free), pack a box, and either drop it off at any post office, or arrange pickup (free).

So I stuffed my culled clothes into a box, signed up, and have a pickup set up for a few days from now.  INCREDIBLY easy.

My only hesitation is that the boxes go to Goodwill, and Goodwill has some ableism issues.  But it's better than the Salvation Army, and once I start packing/culling in earnest, I'll be able to be more careful about where things go.  Also, the enormous stack of books my roommates and I have accumulated for donation WILL be going to book-specific charities, mostly aimed at at-risk kids or the juvenile justice system.  Because every kid deserves to own a few books.

Still!  First box packed, sealed, and about to be gone!

anthimeria: Close up of cecropia moth wings, the words "Don't judge a fairy by her wings" (Fairy wings)
2016-09-09 06:54 pm
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Small steps

Took ~20 minutes this morning and culled my dresser.  Tried to get rid of "I have 4+ items that serve the same purpose, this is my least favorite", "no longer fits", "not my style anymore" and "why do I even have this?"  Filled most of a paper bag with clothes to donate.

The problem is, now I have a paper bag full of clothes sitting in my room.  This was also a problem when I culled my books, but a box was easy to find space for elsewhere (stacked with all the other boxes of books to donate . . .).  A bag?  Not so much.  That's fine for right now--the bag has a reasonable spot--but I can see this becoming a problem as I cull not just the rest of my wardrobe, but all my belongings.  Where am I going to put the stuff before I can drop it off?

I may have to plan to make several donation trips, as annoying as that would be.  Clutter as a result of de-cluttering would be irritatingly ironic.

anthimeria: Stars in space (Starscape)
2016-09-09 01:17 am

Brief update and Moving Saga Part 1/?

My summer job teaching gifted kids to write fantasy?  Was AMAZING.  I worked 12 hour days for 3 weeks straight and loved every minute of it.  I want to do it again, especially now that I've done it once and can learn from my experience.  Seriously, so much work and SO FUN.

The day job also picked up over the last few months, which is great because I love that, too.  It's meant an adjustment in my schedule, and with the interruption of WisCon and the summer job, I lost all momentum on Swan Book 2.0.  But I've been doodling with a short story lately (it wants to be a novella.  I may let it) and have written a few fics for the new Ghostbusters movie, which--OMG.  Best thing since--jeez, I don't even know.  The Mummy?  Practical Magic?  Actually, it's like they took the girl-centric Practical Magic storyline, added in the adventure and snappy dialogue from The Mummy, and tossed it into a blender with the original Ghostbusters, added more science and tech, and a completely kickass final fight scene just for fun.  I loved it A LOT.

With an interstate move lurking just over the horizon, I've also been trying to get going on moving prep.  For me, Stage One absolutely has to be Cleaning and Culling.  I am not a naturally tidy person, but I can't pack without space, and I refuse to bring anything extraneous, so doing both at once seems like a 2-birds, 1-stone situation.

That doesn't mean it's fun.  My floor is clean and vacuumed, the 'miscellaneous stuff' corner cleared out, my bookshelves have been culled and reorganized (1.5 medium-sized boxes of books to be donated), and my three shelves of work materials likewise.  Which is, to put it bluntly, the easy stuff.

Coming up are my closets, underneath the bed, and my crafting/electronics/jewelry/holiday decor/important papers shelves.  (It's a big set of shelves.)  Once that's done, I have my car, and then considering how long this is likely to take, doing all the basics over again.

Wish me luck!  Fingers crossed nothing unexpected falls from a high shelf.