Six months ago I had my office almost cleaned up. All I needed to do was dust, hang up my bulletin board (the one that’s been sitting here for over a year), and stay organized on a day-to-day basis.
I set up file folders for every imaginable need.
There are little boxes for recyclable paper and paper to be shredded.
I cleaned off my desk. It had nothing on it but a telephone, a clock, and a stapler.
I gathered papers, notebooks, printouts, etc. into two boxes to be sorted and filed or discarded as soon as I had time.
(Short break while I laugh at myself. I should have known better.)
I was going to take a picture and post it here, but decided it would be too embarrassing. A few words will tell the tale.
There’s dust on and around the printer, there’s a dust rag and a bottle of cleaner sitting on the window sill. I’m sure they’ve been there the whole six months.
The bulletin board is leaning against the wall behind the printer.
The “to be shredded” box is now two boxes.
The “to be recycled” box is half full.
The desk is piled high with new stuff–papers to be filed, supplies I never put away, more fodder to be recycled or shredded.
If I gather up that clutter and move it into a box to be sorted later, I’ll have three boxes to work on instead of two.
I apparently feel most comfortable writing in a room with papers all over the furniture and floor, dusty printers, and only a tiny cleared workspace on the left side of my computer table.
Hi there. My name is Patricia, and I’m a slob.
What about you? Whatever your favorite pastime(s), where do you work? Is your workspace neat or messy?