I am too embarrassed to tell you how long my cleaning strategy has involved putting bags or making piles of stuff on/at/near/under my desk in the study.
I have a whole host of people and furry friends who can attest to this without the need for a photo that I should’ve taken but didn’t.
I have just pulled the door closed to that room for weeks so I don’t have to look at the mess (unless I needed to put more stuff in there), but for some reason, I got up, had some breakfast, skipped on my usual morning coffee and went to work cleaning the place up.
A whole morning later, I can see the top of my desk, all of my clothes and shoes are put away. I filled up the little trash can at least once.
While I was looking through this tremendous pile of stuff, I kept thinking about what stays and what goes. I find myself going through old notes, checking to see if there is any salvageable paper or ideas in the notebooks and planners and church bulletins before I throw them away. Movie ticket? Stays. An old magazine? Off to be recycled. An article Jason clipped for me? It gets a reprieve until I can remember why I saved it in the first place.
The mind craves the order, but the heart usually makes other plans for most days.
So now that it’s tidied up, I need to find some way to keep it this way.
And maybe I can use my desk again for more than a day or two.
In case you were wondering what the #slice2012 is about, I’m writing a post a day for the month of March as part of the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Challenge. Click on over to their page to see what everyone else has been writing!