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Spring project list; Major office cleaning and revamp (photos).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by  
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March
19
2014

Spring is here, and that means I’ve got a huge list of annual projects to accomplish. Last year I was single-minded in my focus, spending every spare minute outside of work attacking my project list. I don’t think I rode my bike for something like 3 straight weeks last spring!

This year I do not want to go even a one day without riding, and so I’ll be scaling back my list (somewhat), and performing the tasks over a longer period of time. I thought about hiring someone to do some of these tasks, but I can’t bring myself to do that. As I’ve mentioned before, I do not like paying someone to do a job I am perfectly capable of doing myself.

Here’s this year’s list. Some items have already been completed, and they are listed separately.

These items have not been completed:

  • Pressure wash the sidewalks and street-side gutters
  • Pressure wash the backyard fence (front facing)
  • Pressure wash the backyard fence (back facing)
  • Pressure wash back patio
  • Thoroughly clean grill
  • Pressure wash and clean all patio furniture
  • Fertilize all plants, trees, fruit trees, palms and flowers (front yard)
  • Weed all flower beds (front yard)
  • Trim all plants, trees, fruit trees and palms (front yard)
  • Fertilize all plants, trees, fruit trees, palms and flowers (back yard/pond)
  • General pond maintenance (replace/clean filters, check auto-fill/timer function, adjust rocks, adjust pond and path lighting etc.)
  • Trim all plants, trees, fruit trees and palms (back yard/pond)
  • Weed all flower beds (back yard/pond)
  • Clean all exterior windows/screens
  • Clean all outdoor lighting fixtures, check motion sensors, replace bulbs as needed
  • Select and plant this year’s crop of peppers, herbs and tomatoes
  • Plant hundreds of annuals and assorted other plants
  • Caulk and touch up paint exterior of the home
  • Check entire sprinkler system for coverage and leaks, adjust/repair as required (10 zones)
  • Steam clean all carpets

These items have been completed:

  • Pressure wash the paver driveway and walkway
  • Pressure wash the house and the rain gutters
  • Check function of automatic irrigation system for peppers, herbs and tomatoes
  • Clean and adjust all outdoor security cameras
  • Clean and organize entire garage/bike shop
  • Thoroughly clean entire theater and theater lobby (including fridge and popcorn machine)
  • Clean and organize entire home office

 

Because I work from home, I spend a great deal of time in my home office. I am much more productive when my home office is highly organized, clean and comfortable. It’s been a few years since I did a major cleaning of my home office, and so that task was high on this year’s list.

Over the past few years I’ve amassed an inordinate amount of obsolete and worthless computer parts and equipment, and my once-highly organized office has slowly devolved into a cluttered and wire-strewn mess.

I started working on the office project several weeks ago, and I left no stone unturned.

Check the captions on the pictures for more information, click any picture to enlarge.

The first thing I did was get rid of all the stuff that I knew I would never need again. I threw out/gave away several huge boxes of old computer parts and cables, multiple complete computers, three old CRT monitors and some other miscellaneous long-forgotten crap.

First, the long overdue Nerd Purge.

First, the long overdue Nerd Purge.

 

That was a good start. Next I cleaned out and organized all of my desk drawers and cabinets, the office closet and all my shelves.

My equipment shelves, once neat and organized, had slowly morphed into a haphazard jumble of equipment and wires. One of my pet peeves is exposed or unorganized wires, and my equipment rack was an absolute mess…

EQUIPMENT RACK: BEFORE. Wire creep and clutter. Exposed wires are like nails on a chalkboard to me.

EQUIPMENT RACK: BEFORE. Wire creep and clutter. Exposed wires are like nails on a chalkboard to me.

 

I tore the entire thing apart, and started from scratch. I used stiff 2″ hosing to neatly hide all the wires. A slit cut down the entire length of each hose allowed for wire entrance and exit. I am extremely happy with the result:

EQUIPMENT RACK: AFTER. Much better! Lisa's desk at right.

EQUIPMENT RACK: AFTER. Much better! Lisa’s desk at right.

 

My main work area had also become fairly cluttered and unorganized:

MY DESK: BEFORE. Time for an overhaul and cleaning.

MY DESK: BEFORE. Time for an overhaul and cleaning.

 

I not only tore the entire setup down, I decided to upgrade a few of my monitors and monitor stands, and even added some nice LED lighting to reduce eyestrain and, well, look cool! Here’s my completed battle station.

 MY DESK: AFTER #1. Main lights on and LEDs on. Left 23-inch monitor is the main security cameras feed, two 27-inch middle monitors are my primary battle station monitors, right 23-inch monitor is Chromecast. Tablet and smartphone because I don't have enough screens to keep me busy.

MY DESK: AFTER #1. Main lights on and LEDs on. Left 23-inch monitor is the main security cameras feed, two 27-inch middle monitors are my primary battle station monitors, right 23-inch monitor is Chromecast. Tablet and smartphone because I don’t have enough screens to keep me busy.

 

Equipment used:

 

A couple more photos of my main work area:

 MY DESK: AFTER #2. Main lights on/LEDs on. Side view.

MY DESK: AFTER #2. Main lights on/LEDs on. Side view.

 

MY DESK: AFTER #3. Main lights off/LEDs on. This is my morning and evening mode.


MY DESK: AFTER #3. Main lights off/LEDs on. This is my morning and evening mode.

 

I am so glad this is done. I’m feel much more productive and comfortable in my office now!

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section below.

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