Posted by: chlost | October 28, 2011

Cleanliness is next to…….me!

My desk is clean.

Let me repeat this just to clarify. My desk is clean.

The office is clean. It is organized. I can see the top of the desk. I can see the floor of the office.

This is the first time both of these phenomena have coincided in, oh, let’s just estimate it at 6 months. To be charitable.

My job involves paper. Pages and pages of it. I have file folders filled with pages and pages of paper. I receive hundreds of pages of faxes on a weekly basis. I receive pages and pages of mail on a daily basis. I spend the majority of my work time out of the office.Β  The time that I am in the office, I am busy.

I am busy producing pages and pages of paper on this computer, which I usually must print and often copy.

The piles of paper keep piling up, one pile on top of the next. I try to keep up with it, but it is generally a losing battle. I do not have a staff. No filing fairy appears at my desk while I am gone to file those papers or put the files in alphabetical order.

Is anyone else old enough to recall the concept of a paperless society?

I am, and I recall that concept quite wistfully.

Today, I tackled the piles. I will not claim that the filing is done. But the piles are orderly, and for the most part, they are out of sight, and they are off of the desk. The files have been placed into storage boxes, alphabetized and categorized. I don’t have the option of disposing of them……although that is mighty tempting.

I had a new printer, fax, copier and scanner delivered today. So I have not only temporarily tamed the paper, but I have upgraded the technology and reduced the amount of office machinery in this little office. The clutter is reduced substantially. My office is in my home, so all of that clutter, and overwhelming feeling of work to be done, and guilt about the piles never left me. I couldn’t leave it at the office. My office is always with me. Even if I closed the door, I could still feel the pressure of all the paper, pushing against the door, trying to bury me.

The mental relief that goes along with this decluttering is amazing. I feel released from the weight of all of that paper.Β  The dust is settled, and I feel as though I can breathe again. It is probably the most exciting thing to happen around here in years-well at least since the last granddaughter was born 6 months ago.

But really, how pathetic is my life that I am excited about having a clean desk and a new copier?



  1. No indeed!!!! You make me incredibly envious!!!!! May I borrow a cup of energy? There is a sign above my desk that reads: My desk may be cluttered but my mind is EMPTY. And it will remain so despite my best efforts.

    • It’s amazing how the prospect of having the new machine delivered help spur me on….I don’t think they’d have been able to get it installed with the office the way it was.

  2. I am awfully proud of you. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you-I’m sorta proud of me, too!

  3. When you get rid of stuff, the spare space feels like a gift instead of a loss. My cat can de-clutter a desk in no time. Then the floor is an issue.

    • This was so bad, that the floor was also a mess……without the assistance of a cat (or our dog)-I did it all by myself!

  4. It’s not pathetic at all! I need to get off my butt and sort through some of my mess at home … my office at work is nice and neat but the house is cluttered, Sigh

    Anyway, good for you! Doesn’t it feel good to have that done? πŸ™‚

    • That’s what makes it especially challenging. It is both my home and my work, all in one mess.

  5. Not pathetic. NOT. A clean desk and a new essential piece of equipment help make life good. I’m impressed that you won the desk war. It ain’t easy and that was a big pile! Bet your finding that work is more enjoyable now too.

    • Yeah, you know how awful it was……I thought you might be impressed!

  6. You make me so glad I am out of the work place. We are getting close to a paperless society.
    Thank you so much for stopping by when I was feeling more than puny. Your comment helped chase the miseries.

    • From my perch here, there is more paper than ever. That is very depressing, as I am quite fond of trees. I hope you are feeling better.

  7. What I can’t understand is how I now have more paper AND more paperless records.

    • I agree…are we just keeping more records?

  8. Oh good for you. I go in waves – I’ll get everything filed and organized and then it mysteriously piles up again.

    • It won’t be long before I have more piles of paper, I suppose. That Is why I have to enjoy it while I can.

  9. I can celebrate a clean workspace with the best of them. It’s interesting what happens when some outside motivation pushes things along – enjoy your peace while it lasts πŸ™‚

    • Goodness knows that my internal motivation isn’t enough….the only way anything ever gets done is with the external ones.

  10. Not pathetic at all! I love the feeling of relief that comes along with decluttering and reorganizing. Tim’s working from home more and more often now and it’s amazing all the paraphernalia that has been collecting in the “office” here. Enjoy your new space and equipment!

    • The working from home thing has some great pros, and many unexpected cons. Living at the office can be a con.

  11. People have stopped by to drop off food for us and I feel like I should get up and pick up the place a bit before they arrive! (Too bad my son doesn’t feel the same.) I am resisting the urge with a great deal of assistance from my body. I am also resisting the urge to strangle him!

    • That urge hits me when people come over, too. But you have a good reason-my excuse is simply lame.

  12. Not pathetic in the least! Most of us really live rather small lives and, pronouncements from pundits and philosophers to the contrary, these lives generally seem to most of us to be perfectly dear. Was there something else you were supposed to be doing?

    • Thank you for trying to make me feel better, I think……my small, dear life. It guess that is the answer to most of my life’s issues…..

  13. Yep. Your excitement is pretty sad. πŸ™‚

    I remember the paperless office. mwa ha ha ha haa! And to think that a lot of us believed that. Silly, silly office minion…

    I touch a lot of paper myself. I’m not proud of it, and as soon as I can think of another way to make a living, I’m setting fire to my desk.


  14. Touching a lot of paper can make your brain go to mush. Hopefully we will both be able to escape in the not too far future.

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