I really like the show Clean Sweep, have you seen it? You should check it out sometime if ya got nothin’ better to do. It’s one of those home-improvement shows, but the kicker is that they only feature the worst of the worst packrats and clutter-junkies (like me!). They take houses completely filled with clutter, and turn them into beautiful functional homes. It’s so funny, they round up all the shit and lay it in the yard and force the owners to sort it all out into "Keep", "Toss" and "Sell" piles. Then they throw a yard sale, it’s great fun.
I really really really wish they’d come to our apartment! But alas, they only work in California. Hell, I don’t even have a friend that’s any good at that sort of thing. The secret’s in the purging… usually I do my purging whenever I move to a new apartment, but we’ve been here five years and it’s a little out of control. It’s not quite as bad as what you’d see on Clean Sweep, but it’s gettin’ there! I have so many collectibles I need to put on eBay. Gotta sort through the boxes. Argh!!! Wanna procrastinate. No!! Must purge. No!! Well, I’ll just do it a little at a time. I’ll keep watching Clean Sweep for inspiration, and I’ll improve the area at a reasonable pace.
Lately I’ve been burning a lot of my old VHS tapes to DVD, that saves some space already. :-) We have walls and walls of CDs and records as well… it’s all pretty well organized but I need to go through it all and purge the stuff I don’t care about. Then there’s the office… I have a great big 4-drawer filing cabinet, but the problem is that it’s filled with shit I don’t need to keep! All my *really* important files are in boxes laying around the computer area. There are towers of boxes! All my archival press stuff, in boxes. And the computer crap — floppies, zip drives, cables, keyboards and mice, a CueCat and other assorted gadgetry, all in that tower of boxes. The music/guest room is also full of boxes of music-related crap, only half of which we may use. God, all the demo tapes, I can’t get rid of all that!! It’s a frickin’ museum in here! Blargh.