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Nov 29, 2012

A Down Day

It feels like I've been running non-stop for weeks. Yesterday I actually had a few minutes to try and dig out my desk. I think the stuff had been piled about a foot high. I don't know about your house, but every time the kids don't know where to put something or they don't want to bother to take it to the right place, it ends up on my desk.

That makes it difficult to find the things that are supposed to be on my desk, like bills and tape...especially the stapler. I actually got so tired of looking for the stapler that I bought a new one and hid it. That exact same day I found the other stapler under the couch in the family room. Isn't that how it always goes?

I cleaned this desk yesterday!
My sweetie is the master of buying extra things to make sure he doesn't run out. After any major project, I typically have to return a pile of stuff to Lowe's and Home Depot. But I guess it beats having to run out in the middle of the project.

I try so hard to stay on top of things, but most of the time it just doesn't happen. So on my down day yesterday I sorted the stuff on my desk for hours and took care of a bunch of crap that I have been putting off. I boxed up the phones that didn't work right out of the box so that I could return them to AT&T. I sifted through receipts until I found the ones I needed to send in on my flexible spending account. I even wrote the tuition check for Curly's preschool three days early!

I was feeling pretty good about my accomplishments until I started wandering around and realized that there were piles of stuff everywhere that needed my attention, most notably in the laundry area. How do you do it? How do you keep up on everything? Sometimes it all seems pretty overwhelming.

6 comments:

From Tracie said...

My desk definitely needs a good cleaning/organizing. It seems to be the dumping place for everyone's everything.

Sarah said...

I have SO much to do right now. My sister's coming to town tonight, the house is a mess, I have about 6 papers due for school, finals to study for, Christmas parties to get ready for, etc. etc. etc.

Sarah said...

But, I just take it "Bird by Bird", which is from a really good book I forget the name of it. But, basically, the author had to do a project for school when she was young where she had to categorize a bunch of different birds. She was so overwhelmed that she couldn't start and her dad told her "Just do it bird by bird." So, one thing at a time. It usually helps me keep stress-free, and when i'm not so stressed out about completing something, I complete it faster.

Wayne W Smith said...

I organize my desk and within an hour, I need to do it again. I wish I could be more tidy in my approach.

Shell said...

Keep up? Ha! I don't!

NJ @ A Cookie Before Dinner said...

I only have one kid. That's how. :) Honestly though, we have a few piles here and there but I really HATE clutter so I'm always on top of everyone to put their stuff away.

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