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Operation: Hoarder's Bane

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Mother nature herself has deemed my city unworthy of springs' warm embrace, and thus I steel myself for what must be done. I prepare for war. I must be ruthless and give no quarter, for none will be offered in kind. I may lose my life in the process, but I will stop at nothing to put to my hated foe to rout!

The operation composes of two objectives: Locate and secure all valuable assets and then purge the unworthy.

So, in other words, it's time for spring cleaning. I've got two rooms full of junk that needs sorting. While I'm not a hoarder per se, I do have a bad habit keeping things, particularly documents, for way too long. The cumulative stored junk took over two small rooms in my basement, so I need to go in and start throwing everything out that has no use. I have always envied people that take pleasure in cleaning. For me, I would rather do manual labor for a whole day than clean. I'm pretty sure I've got some kind of short circuit in my brain

My goal is to have both cleaned out by the end of the week. I want to use one of my rooms as a brew room (It's fun to say), and the other into a proper storage with a freezer. I'm really not looking forward to it, but it needs to get done. The worst of it will be dredging up memories of my ex. We were together for a long time, so our stuff got piled together over the years. On the bright side, once I'm done, I won't have anything to remind me of her. I've never cared much for living in the past, not my style.

Anywhoo, I need to quit shirking work and go do something before my boss catches me!

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  1. MzSnowleopard's Avatar
    Best of luck with this plan. One thing that will help is a good paper shredder. Get one that cross cuts, it's better security than just tossing stuff.
  2. Stygian's Avatar
    That's a good idea. I keep forgetting to buy one. So far, I managed to fill blue bin with papers and junk recyclables. Much to my surprise, I was reacquainted with my long lost 3-hole hole punch, three packs of cards, several binders with blank pages, and a whole bunch of random computer/electronic cords. Pretty much most of my findings are just junk. I found countless pay stubs, some over a decade old, from all my working years until now. I may need to join a document hoarder support group lol
  3. MzSnowleopard's Avatar
    I had that problem too. Bought a cheap shredder from Walmart. I should have bought a better one because I had killed the shredder before I was done shredding. I'm on my 3rd one now.
  4. Winston's Avatar
    Like MzSnowleopard said, buy a good shredder. I used to work in an office supply store, trust me, there's a quality difference between cheap and mid-grade.
    And I hope you have a good supply of boxes for your unwanted items. Please donate everything that can be used by someone else. I have a sister-in-law that just throws items away. Drives me nuts.
  5. Stygian's Avatar
    I've honestly never looked into what makes one good or bad. I always assumed it has such a simple function that even low quality ones will suffice without breaking down. I'll have to look into it further.

    For sure, anything that is reusable I plan to donate. My first hoarder cove has mostly documents, my next room has mostly misc junk. All the boxes from the documents will go to holding the things I plan to drop off at a Salvation Army. I hear it's the best place to drop things off since the money doesn't go to CEO bonuses like other thrift store chains.
  6. MzSnowleopard's Avatar
    A middle grade one should be fine. How much you have to shred is a factor. If shred continuously, as in one sitting, feeding pages after pages you risk burning out the engine.
  7. thefloridapoet's Avatar
    Well, I'm jumping in here about 6 weeks later, but am amused at your story. Interested in hearing how it all turned out. One tid-bit of advice for keeping your paperwork tidy, if you have papers that you need to keep, consider scanning them and keeping the scanned copy on a memory stick, or "cloud" and then ditch the paper copy if all you need is a copy of it. This keeps your filing cabinet and boxes empty. That's what I do. I live where it is nice and warm, but my family is in the colder states and I grew up there so I totally relate to your blogs about the Spring this year. It was quite perplexing as to just when was Spring coming. Thanks for the story and I hope you are now enjoying your brew room.
  8. Stygian's Avatar
    For the most part, the operation was successful. Work and other obligations kept draining my motivation, so I still haven't driven down to a salvation army to donate my stuff.

    On the bright side, my two beers turned out amazing, and my wines are ready for racking into smaller containers. It's the last stage prior to adding potassium sorbate (stops yeast activity) and bottling. I'll mix 5 gal of pinot noir and malbec and rack them into 1 gal containers with dark cherries and blackberries. I'll add cloves to 1 gal, just to see what spiced wine tastes like (spiced mead is awesome), and I'll do a 50/50 blend. The rest of the wine I will just rack back into a glass carboy to finalize the aging before bottling. I also just started my cider a couple days ago, I added extra sugar and real apple juice to the kit concentrate. Should yield a potent brew with a beer style finish carbonation.

    Good call on the scanner. I bought one a year ago, and it's been very handy with documents that needed to be sent back and forth. I could cloud save a lot of documents that aren't critical. Not sure I want to scan my house ownership papers lol
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