Tuesday: You would think I’d have this handled by now, but you’d be wrong. Although I’ve written a few articles on organizing, I can’t seem to organize my desk! After my interview with Bobbi McKay last week, I was inspired (another word for “jealous as hell!”) by her serene jewelry studio, and decided to quit buying into the myth that “we-artsy-types-are-more-chaotic,” since she is both artful and orderly. I have seen the enemy, and he…is me!
- I am preparing my taxes, and can’t find anything!
- Even though I’ve written it, I don’t know where that first draft is.
- We are downsizing in order to move, and I can’t move a bunch of junk.
- I know I paid that bill….where did I put that receipt?
- I dream of an orderly desk; everything clearly marked and within easy reach! Can I get there in 48 hours? We’ll see. Here is my before:
Wednesday: I have recycled so much stuff. WHY was I hanging onto it? I also looked through boxes of photos and organized them, a trip down Memory Lane. Important papers are in folders, and the folders are in a basket. My inbox is empty except for what is pressing right now. And my blank notepads are neatly waiting for inspiration. I had some beautiful desk organizers under all of that mess, but who could find them? And I got to laugh at myself – most people put family photos in their office…I have both a photo of my therapist and a cup of latte! Thursday afternoon: Mission accomplished! My desk is gleaming (It’s a 1920’s bent-bamboo; Art-Deco I think?) with it’s fresh coat of lemon oil. It’s all beautifully organized now, in a way that makes sense to me. That’s very important for each of us to figure out: How do you use your space? Organize your files? Pay your bills? Work best online? Make it work for you – or you won’t work there!
I’ve lit a candle (that I found under the mess) to celebrate my newfound Neatnik status, and it feels kinda sexy. If I can organize 10 years worth of clutter in 48 hours, think what you can do. Let me know!