You Dirty Hoar(der)

My messy desk

There is a nice desk under here somewhere.

My office is a hoarding vortex. Sometimes pieces of paper and random objects also land in another part of the house and stay there for a few days (I’ll blame my 6 year-old for that part). My Nan was super fastidious with her housekeeping and so was my mom. “A place for everything and everything in its place,” she always said. What happened? I recognize it’s a weakness. Admitting there’s a problem is a first step, no?

I have good intentions and have made some attempts to organize my workspace: I brought up a garbage bag and started dumping in papers to be shredded, and I bought a foldable bin from the Dollar Store as a way to collect randomly-misplaced-throughtout-the-house objects to put them in their proper place. The bag sits on the floor, half full, below a mountain of paper on the desk. The foldable bin is on the floor with stuff in it, waiting to be sorted. Oh, and I forgot to mention the big suitcase that’s kind of in the middle of the floor. I really should put that in the basement.

And on the other side of the room, a couch piled high with crap, coats and pillows. The dresser has also acquired things that don't belong there.

Now what? My problem is never knowing where to start. I’ll be in one area trying to neaten things and bring something to another room and get totally sidetracked.

I’m going to give myself a timeline to get the office back to looking like it once did. Except now I feel pressure to come up with a timeline and stick to it. What’s acceptable to me that also fits in with everything else I need to do? How about 2 weeks. I’ll post another photo then and go from there.

Then there's the corner with yet another pile of old paperwork and a very nice handmade stained glass lamp that really should be displayed somewhere else.