I needed to give my ‘end’ of our shared desk (aka bench) a tidy up today. I hadn’t done any filing since before Christmas and it’s surprising how things mount up … newspapers from which I needed to clip features that have been published; old receipts needing to be shredded, personal letters and Christmas thank you notes from friends – to keep or to discard? always a difficult decision for me as some of the cards are so pretty, but I decided all must go – and just the general detritus of three or four months of accumulated ‘things’.
The photo above – which I’m sure I’ve used on this blog before – shows how husband and I have our twin computers on a long wall-to-wall bench (he has a larger monitor screen as he does Inventor 3D design work). This photo was taken a couple of years ago when the room was looking especially clean and tidy. I usually have flowers on my ‘end’ of the desk, but not this week as I’ve not shopped for any thus far. But this is how it should look!
Below is what my ‘end’ looked like this morning. I’m almost too ashamed to show you!
What a tip! Both baskets filled to capacity and paperwork piled on top of the baskets. Not a pretty sight, it is? Not dirty, nothing that was growing mould, just very untidy.
I had had a busy morning and also made a roast chicken lunch and I really felt like having a good sit down and read this afternoon but instead decided enough was enough, so I fetched the shredder and the waste paper basket close to the desk and set to work.
And now all is neat and tidy again …
Or as neat and tidy that the paperwork will allow. I still have some files to sort out, but I think you will admit this looks a bit better. The ‘mountain silhouette’ little letter rack was a promotional gift from Farrow & Ball; I have found it very useful and keep my thank you cards and correspondence cards in it. The little miniature chest of drawers is of paper-covered cardboard, and has faded over the years but I have had it about 30 years and it’s ideal for stamps and business cards and those miniature address labels you stick on the back of envelopes.
I hope there is a discernible difference between the photo of the messy desk and the photo of the tidy desk as it has taken me the better part of three hours to get it sorted!
Is your desk messy or are you a very tidy person? Or perhaps somewhere in between, like me – tidy for much of the time and then suddenly you realize you need to have a good sort out?