Any advice for massive digital unfucking? I'm switching to a new computer and because it has multiple hard drives in it, I need to have my folders organized properly (so images can all go on one, and things like applications that need to run on the faster hard drive can go on the other). Which means I need to sort about 200 gigs of terribly organized image files into proper categories (work images vs personal, etc). They're currently in random folders scattered across my desktop. Help?
First off, everything — files and folders — should have descriptive names. Start with your most commonly used folders, and do some 20/10s, grouping everything logically. Begin by making large mega-folders, like work and personal, and then use subfolders to sort everything into those.
I was wondering what tips you might have for last-minute visitors - there's nothing more terrifying than having a fucked home and finding out your date/mom/landlord is "just stopping by" in an hour. Obviously the long-term solution is to keep up with things better, but what do you consider the best use of an hour or so to clean before surprise visitors?
Go outside your house. Walk in through whatever you use as your main entrance. Take a look at whatever you see when you first walk in. Do a 20/10. Walk to the living room/wherever you might be sitting with visitors. Do a 20/10. Close whatever doors are open. Do 15 minutes each in the kitchen and bathroom, doing surface cleaning.
Boom. Hour and a half.
For college storage, if you are living in dorms call and find out what is banned before you buy any storage containers. Some schools will have restrictions - mine didn't allow curtains because they were a fire hazard and banned any storage or shelving more than x length. If you can, put front-opening boxes or drawers under the bed for ease of access.
I'm not sure how to unfuck my art storage system. I have all these inked pages that need to be stored flat so that the edges aren't damaged. They're a little too large for me to just turn a filing cabinet on its side (around 11 x 14in) but I don't have room for one of those huge flat file systems (or the money honestly). Any suggestions? Also, thanks for running this blog, it's awesome!
Hmm. I have some artists in my life who have these dresser-like things with really shallow drawers, but I’m guessing those are really effing expensive. Would something like this or this work? Do you have kitchen drawers you aren’t using that you could repurpose? (I’m mostly kidding with that one.)