Why I Don’t Clean. Well, Very Often, Anyway

In the interest of that tired old chestnut, Starting The New Year Off Right, I took a gift card and a coupon and returned home with a spiffy new media shelf unit which claims to hold “360 DVDs”. It also claimed “No Tools Required”, but the first thing I saw on the instruction sheet was “Tools Required…” (No sweat. I’m male. Handy as a condemned thief under Hamurabbi’s Code, but I own many tools)

My office had suffered from Stack Syndrome for quite some time, in that incoming media was placed in boxes which then formed stacks. So I stuffed more boxes to make room to build the shelf, then emptied the boxes to place the DVDs on the shelf, while also winnowing out the massive VHS collection, ridding myself of redundant offerings and finally getting a handle on how many I still needed to transfer to DVD-R…

And now I am in the usual place I am after such a cleaning binge: whereas before, could at least point to a box where I knew something was, I now know where nothing is located, including several things I know I held in my hand during the process. Lucky my computer stayed in the same place.

Waaaah. And back to work! (whip crack)


  1. Personally, I have begun to remove my DVDs from their plastic cases and put them into binders with special pockets for the artwork. Yes, the sleeves have to be folded a little bit, but it’s not like I’m ever going to sell these discs for a significant amount of money. Target has these nifty cases if you ever think about doing the same — for about $20 I believe they hold about 50 DVDs (even the double disc sets) with art. My wife thinks I’ve gone stone cold nuts but she loves it.

  2. Only just NOW your wife thinks you’ve gone stone cold nuts?

    There is much that is worthy about that suggestion. I could see certain portions of the collection stored that way. But I also feel a certain amount of satisfaction in looking at the shelf and seeing all that chinese calligraphy staring back at me…

    But I do need to check those out, next time I’m at Target.

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