It’s about that time to start decluttering our homes from the busy holidays and gifts that you didn’t particularly want or need. No matter how many times you tell Aunt Marge you have a hairless cat, she insists on giving you a cat comb for each holiday. Now all those five combs are shoved in a drawer that you can’t quite remember even what room it’s in, and are terrified to think about what else you’ve shoved into said mystery drawer.
Where do you begin decluttering mystery drawer(s) and your house all together? Well let’s start with some helpful tips that I learned from the internet!
First, to get clean you must get messy, DUH! Start out with searching every drawer in the house for those darn combs. When found, set them in the middle of the floor in your biggest room. Starting with the clutteriest things, keep going through the room you found the mystery drawer in. No, you don’t need ten pairs of mittens and that really odd cat plate collection your grandma gave you in 1999. Pretty sure she has a cat problem…
Start with the things you haven’t used or even thought of in the last six months. If that doesn’t narrow anything down, get pickier. What’s practical? Do you need that beach chair from when you lived in Florida (yes you want to keep it for that time you MIGHT go to the beach again but even then, don’t you think a new updated chair is in order?). Keep doing this from room to room until you have a nice big pile. If one pile isn’t enough, take it outside (if you have a yard) or into your garage. Just make sure you have a dedicated space so that you don’t confused what you want from what you don’t.
Next, get a collection of trash bags or boxes (which ever is easiest for you and most accessible) and take that stuff out! Make sure to donate what ever possible and not just throw it all away, someone somewhere might need that cat plate collection.
Now! If you want to go on your next vacation, but are bad at saving money, have a yard sale! You can make some pretty good cash if you price things right, advertise, and have a wide variety and broad collection of cat things. Er, I mean just things… and cats. Facebook and the local newspaper are great means of getting the word out on your amazing junk sale. Everyone loves junk, especially when it’s not our own. Just don’t advertise it as junk, that might be a bit of a turn off.
*Extra pro tip* Running out of closet space and you aren’t Kim Kardashian and can’t just extend your closet? Flip your hangers around to where they’re facing away from you. Anytime you take out an article of clothing and put it back, replace the hanger going the right direction. Any hangers left hanging in the wrong direction after six months you should donate! Extra, extra pro tip! Want money for those clothes? Go to Plato’s Closet here in Cheyenne, they’ll buy your clothes and you can use that money to buy more there! Oh wait we don’t need more clothes… shoot.
Now that you know what you’re doing let’s get started cleaning!
Hi guys, I wanted to introduce myself since I will be taking over the blog for a few months. My name is Sami and I’ll be at The Second Floor on Monday and Wednesday afternoons! Some of you may remember me from working downstairs in the Cafe for about a year so please say hi, I may remember your drink order.
Currently you can see me at the lovely desk or at the Paramount Ballroom serving amazing cocktails and food! Let’s just say I can’t get enough of the Paramount! I will be leaving in June, unfortunately, to pursue a degree in forensic pathology at UW! Now that makes me sound really smart but rest-assured I still call my mom to figure out how to soft boil eggs!
I really love animals, and for those of you who don’t know (it’s kind of a big deal) I’m obsessed with cats. More specifically my cats, Butters, a one eyed flame point siamese, and Oliver, a tabby mix. As much as I love cats I also have two dogs, Castiel, a blue-heeler pit mix, and Olivia, a tri-color corgi. If you love animals too, I do enjoy showing pictures of my furbabies to anyone! Also for those who bring a dog to work, expect for me to attack them with happiness.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I can’t wait to eventually meet all of you!
Let’s welcome our newest member to the Second Floor, Justine Whitacre! We’re excited to have her here and to share her story with all of you!
Justine was born and raised in Southern California. After joining the Navy in 1999, she moved away from Cali in 2000 and found herself residing in Virginia from 2000-2014. She left active duty for the reserves and took on the ever so fun job of EMS. Then in 2014 she was offered a position here in our great state of Wyoming.
So why leave the east coast for the good WYO? Well Justine says, “I took it because as a teenager I spent time in Wyoming during camping trips, and truly grew to love the state. I like living in Cheyenne because it’s a good mix of small town and big city. It provides a slower pace of life with all the amenities that someone who grew up in Southern California craves on the regular (with the exception of the beach and Disneyland).”
Let’s find out more about what Justine does and what she loves about it, shall we?
Currently, Justine is the Associate Director of Program Services for Overture. What is Overture you ask? Well, we have the answer for you and no, it has nothing to do with Beethoven and his music. Overture is a company operating out of Colorado since 1969; it serves the developmentally disabled, assists them in gaining everyday living skills, and becoming as independent as they are able. Justine came on board with Overture in October 2017 in order to help them expand their service’s region to southeast Wyoming. With the expansion into Wyoming, Overture hopes to serve as many people with disabilities in the community as they can. The company’s primary goals are to always help individuals live rewarding lives independently and with dignity.
“The best part of working for Overture is the positive atmosphere promoted by all staff members,” she says, “as well as the benefits of helping others live out their goals in life.”
How can the Second Floor help Overture and Justine reach their goals? Well let’s hear it from Justine herself, “we will be utilizing the Second Floor space primarily for an admin office for Wyoming operations of Overture. We also hope to meet new people, network, and be a part of a work environment that is fun, uplifting, and positive for all.”
Thanks Justine and Overture for letting us be a part of such a great company!
Meet Matt Cook – another awesome addition to The Second Floor from Language I/O (and the last one from that company that works out of our office space)
Matt is not a man of many words, except when he is writing articles for the Wyoming Business Report (check out his article in the February 2018 addition). The lack of words means he did not give me a ton to go on to introduce you to him.
The basics are that he moved to Cheyenne about 3 months ago to reduce his commute from Laramie (and possible death from driving on I-80), which we completely understand. Matt is originally from La Grande, Oregon. I have no clue why he moved to Wyoming, but you should definitely ask him! His hobbies include reading, board/tabletop games, and riding my bike at a leisurely pace (no bike racing for him).
As state above, he works for Language I/O, but he started in Software Development by helping a post-graduate Botany researcher at the University of Wyoming to rewrite some simulation software. Matt really dug into developing software at Language I/O though. He enjoys working there because the laid-back, yet driven culture allows him to express some creativity in the way he writes code, while providing enough structure to keep him from wandering too far down the rabbit hole. The rabbit hole is fun Matt, you should go down it every once in a while!!
Matt didn’t tell me how he uses the coworking space, but from talking to him and observing his patterns, I believe it is primarily for our never-ending water machine & coffee. He stops by for hot water and cold water multiple times a day, and on occasion he stops by for coffee, beer, or ping pong. We like having him around though!
Make sure to say hi when you see him & maybe ask him what his favorite board game is or why he moved to Wyoming!
Hey everyone! Meet Alanna Larson. Alanna is another one of the super cool people who work at Language I/O (this company just has a lot of cool people at it, you should check them out).
Alanna comes from Minnesota originally, but she moved to Laramie in 2010 (because our awesome schools are less expensive.) She loves the perfect summer weather here, and the lack of bugs – in Minnesota the mosquitos eat people alive the second they walk out the door! Alanna’s love of summer weather is probably what prompted her to live in a truck camper this past summer. (How cool is that?!)
Heather Shoemaker is one of the managing partners of a local technology company here in Cheyenne. The company is headquartered in our sister building next door, The Majestic Building, and Heather, along with the rest of the team, has memberships here at The Second Floor at the Paramount. We asked her a few questions so we could get to know all of her awesomeness – here are her answers:
SF: Tell us a little bit about yourself – any general info will do, but here are some ideas: Where are you from originally? How long have you been in Cheyenne? Do you have any fun hobbies outside of work?
Heather: I was born and grew up in Alaska but I have lived in various places around the “lower 48” and Mexico including Seattle, Washington; Lansing, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; Mexico City – and now Cheyenne. I’m married and have two daughters, one is a sophomore at East High School and the other is a 4th grader at St. Mary’s. My daughters and I all like to rock climb together. This is where living only 20 minutes from Vedauwoo comes in really handy. BTW – I’m trying to get LCCC to re-start their spring rock climbing course so we can get access to that awesome climbing wall during the cold months so contact me if you are interested in taking a rock climbing course! We need at least 15 people before they’ll restart it. I’m vegan – for the animals – and I love to cook. I have a famous pesto cauliflower rice that I need to bring in sometime. (Yes, please!) I’m an avid science fiction / fantasy reader. I recommend “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers. The sequel is awesome too. Oh and I love to knit!
SF: Tell us a bit about your work – i.e. How did you get the idea for it/how did you get started in your particular field? What are your goals/aspirations for it over the next few years? What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Heather: I graduated from the other UW – University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in Latin American Studies and worked as a newspaper reporter for a while after graduation. I got sick of ambulance chasing + low pay and had been reading lots of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, so computer science looked pretty promising. I enrolled as a grad student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, College of Engineering and I wound up loving my computer science classes. Post graduation I worked as a software developer at all kinds of companies including startups and huge corporations. In 2010, I found myself in a job I didn’t like – at a 30,000 person company. My dislike was mostly owed to the corporate politics and the fact that I had to drive to the Denver Tech Center one day a week. So, I said goodbye to the great pay in favor of quality of life and started a technology company here in Cheyenne – Cheyenne Technology. CT did great and was focused on software development contracting in Wyoming. During that time a colleague from a previous company and I got the idea to create a software product that enabled multilingual support within Client Relationship Management (CRM) platforms. We called our company/product Language I/O. It took off and I had to make a decision to focus on either Cheyenne Technology or Language I/O. I decided the software product model in LIO had more of a future so I sold Cheyenne Technology in 2017 and am now 100% focused on LIO. (Wow, that is an awesome resume and startup story!!)
SF: And, if you don’t mind, it would be great if you could elaborate on how you utilize our space here on The Second Floor. No pressure, though. We are perfectly happy posting just about you and your business.
Heather: We use the co-working space for meetings and a change of scenery from our office next door in the Majestic Building. Of the 10 employees, four of us work regularly out of these offices. The rest are scattered around the country. We’ve only been here a week but so far we love the energy, the space, the big windows … I could go on. The co-working space is awesome as well. (Lol, we are glad you are enjoying your office space and the coworking space. We are super happy to have you join us!!)
Happy New Year 2018!!
January 1st marks the beginning of a new year, a blank slate to fill with adventures and experiences and memories. We hope yours are amazing!
The Second Floor at the Paramount wishes you and your family peace and joy during this holiday season!
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