Monday, July 29, 2013
For Real This Time!
Today I’m going to clean my home office. I mean it this time. I really am. Really. I’m going to go through that stack of mail that is starting to lean to the right, pay what bills are there and recycle all the junk mail. I’m going to file all the old bills and receipts and I’m really going to go through the pile of kids art and assignments from the last school year, you know, that box of papers and assignments and art projects that I set aside almost a year ago and labeled “ kids stuff to be scanned and filed?” I’m going to go through that whole box, recycle what we don’t need and scan the rest to finally create that online archive of all their great work. I’m also going to go through the wooden box on my desk with the pens and clips and scraps of papers and coupons. I’m going to go through that box and get rid of everything I don’t need. Actually, you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to get rid of the box too. I don’t think I even use anything in that box of stuff. I’m going to get rid of everything in that box, then get rid of the box so my desk is nice and clear. No more clutter.
And then I’m going to sort through that pile of books -- the one on the floor that the cats knocked over. I’m going to really go through all of them and donate those books I don’t need anymore. Then I’m going to take the remaining books, the ones I really plan to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. I’m going to sort through them and put them in the order of how I will read them, then place them on the bookshelf next to my desk. But first I will take the other books and pile of papers from work that are on that shelf and get rid of them. I’ll donate those books too and either file, scan, or recycle the work papers. And I swear I will not buy any more books until I go through that tipped over stack on the floor. Well I guess its more of a pile than a stack. Whatever. But no new books! That’s the point. And that includes no new books on my Kindle, and no new ‘used’ books from the Friends of the County Library used bookstore where I’ll donate my old books. And also I won’t grab anymore books off the book share shelf at our community pool.
I know, I know, I said this last week too and somehow my office is even worse than last week. And yes, yes, yes, I know I said I had this new system: My new system where everything that came into my office I would deal with right away. No more just putting it on top of a pile. Each item would go to either the recycling bin, the scan bin, or I would deal with it right then: pay the bill or whatever, then file the bill. And it worked too. Worked like a charm and my office was clean and neat and organized. But the following day I had other stuff to deal with and so the piles just started. It just happened!
But today is different. I’m really going to clean my office and develop a new system so this will never happen again.
I’m serious this time.