Declutter, Clean, and Organize My Life Catch-All

While 'Operation Digital Decluttering' is still somewhat ongoing (consolidating my media library is turning out to be a very tedious and long task), 'Operation Manga Collection Trimming' is going in full force. I've managed to sell 40 volumes last weekend, and have posted ads for a bunch more. There are a few series I want to re-read as I'm not sure I want to keep them (I'm looking at you, 'Fullmetal Alchemist' and '20th Century Boys'), but since these are pretty long series, it might take me a while before I get to it.

There is also one series I want to keep ('Akira') where my volumes are mismatched (most of it in English in color, and the last portion in French in black & white). I'm thinking of selling it and just get it in Japanese whenever I manage to go to Japan (fall of 2021 maybe? I was supposed to go in 2019, but pushed it to 2020 when I changed jobs, and well, you know, 2020 happened). I remember this store I visited in 2016 in Akihabara that had a huge selection of used manga in excellent condition, I could probably find the whole series there for a fair price...

My manga bookshelves are looking better already! To have a better idea of what they will look like once I'm done, I think I will spend some time this week to group all the ones I want to keep together. Right now, I have no idea how much space I will need once I'm done.

This is great! You're clearing up so much space for the things that you love!

Since I managed to get so much space sorted and organized, I am now able to allow my roomba, Tatu, to have full rein of the house minus one room that I have closed off with a door. (In that room, I've removed the ceiling, carpet, etc. with the plan of redoing those things and so don't want Tatu or anything else in there. It's so much easier being able to put him on a schedule rather than remembering to put him in whatever room I want to vacuum and try to make sure he doesn't go where isn't supposed to go.


I haven't stopped decluttering, but it has become more infrequent. I simply finished all drawers, shelves and cupboards in our house , and didn't feel like starting over again - even though I already did by now

Today though I did a sprint though: cleaned the freezer, the candy/cookie drawer, and my night stand's drawer.

Two weeks ago it turned out my old NAS had a failed hard drive, so I took a drive from my desktop PC to put in to the NAS while replacing it with a new 3TB drive. But not before decluttering the disk, especially old savegames. I love that I still have saves from Planescape Torment, Dragon Age: Origins and other classics, but as they always tend to go into the Documents folder that tended to get well, cluttered. So I moved a lot of those into a separate backup location.

dejanzie wrote:

I love that I still have saves from Planescape Torment, Dragon Age: Origins and other classics, but as they always tend to go into the Documents folder that tended to get well, cluttered. So I moved a lot of those into a separate backup location.

Windows has a dedicated 'Saved Games' folder for each user, and I wish more games used it. I can understand an older game made for, say, Windows XP, to not use it (I don't think it existed before Windows 7), but for a recent game like Shadow of the Tomb Raider to still put their stuff in Documents annoys me quite a bit. I have basically given up on the base 'Documents' folder, and I now use a 'Documents bobbywatson' subfolder to keep my things organized and (mostly) under control.

I still haven't even gotten to the digital clutter monstrosity that is my desktop PC! It started out as Windows XP and then got upgraded to Windows 7 in which it collected all sorts of savegame (and everything else) folders and then at some point I did the direct upgrade to Windows 10 and so it will likely require layer upon layer of archaeological excavation!

While this week has been pretty sh*tty overall, at least I've managed to get rid of a few things and resolve a few issues:

  • The biggest (in terms of size) item on my to-sell was my Tekken 6 fighting stick for PS3, and the buyer just picked it up twenty minutes ago (after procrastinating for two weeks)
  • I sold my copy of Portal 2 for PS3 on eBay (for not much, but I was pretty sure this would never sell, so yay!)
  • Just finished packaging my copy of Fire Emblem for GBA, which sold for CAD210 (not bad for something I paid CAD10 for in 2005)

I only have one GBA game left to sell. I'll shift my focus on the remaining Wii games, and then move on to PSP games. I also have an old Mac mini somewhere that I plan to list on Kijiji this weekend.

I have started sorting through the files on my MacBook Pro (which I've decided to keep for now as a web development computer).

I was bored at work earlier this week, and I decided to make a list of all the projects, big and small, that I have on my mind. It was not pretty. I will go through that list again at some point, sort them into short term (next 6 months), medium term (next year), long term (at some point before I die). Let's call this 'mind decluttering'! Right now, it feels like everywhere I look, there are things I want/need to do. I would like to get to a point where that is not the case. I'm not sure it's possible.