I don’t know why they call it spring-cleaning. It seems like the best time to tackle those daunting organization projects is in the dead of winter. These past weekends after the New Year I’ve been slowly attempting to address my storage situation. Basically, my rent for a 5’ X 8’ cubby is equal to what my rent was in college. This dilemma is unique I feel mostly to New Yorkers. My friends who live elsewhere have basements, garages, attics, or maybe even a guest room to keep their extra things. I don’t have that luxury, but I’m determined to purge half of it and incorporate the rest back into my apartment. Getting rid of stuff in NYC isn’t as easy as one might think, because everyone I know is grappling with the same space issues and many donation centers are very specific about what they will and won’t accept. The other weekend I finally bit the bullet and rented a van for the day to create a sort of book-mobile full of old art supplies and fabrics. I then drove door-to-door to all my artist friends in Brooklyn and let them riffle through boxes and bags of the junk I wanted to get rid of. I was 80% successful, with the final 20% being donated or finally thrown out. At least now I have access to the things I want to put up on craigslist or ebay.
At work we are in a similar mindset. A few weeks ago Hosanna’s voiced her frustration of how many bins there were filled with useless items accumulating in our department. This led to a guessing game for the four of us. We each guessed how many bins we thought were on the shelves in our workroom and secretly wrote it down on a folded piece of paper. Kirsten guessed 853 and amazingly it was with-in 13 bins, the total being 866. I guessed 1000 and was second closest. Hosanna has since taken it upon herself to mainstream our tool section, both hand and power tools, screws, nails and hardware. All of this happening while A&E’s Hoarders is being broadcasted on the monitor above. I can't watch it. It makes me feel damaged. Below are just a few pics of the improvements to our department.