Return to the Organizing the Home Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

Posted by alisande (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 21, 08 at 9:59

New (used) desk. I'm thrilled to have it set up. But equally thrilling is that it's finally out of the living room, where it sat (covered with a quilt . . . and gradually covered with all sorts of stuff) for six months. I felt as though I was in limbo with that 8-foot mass in the middle of my living room.

My new desk!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

Omigosh! How neat and tidy! Not even gonna wager on the time frame, girl - just ENJOY! LOL


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

Wow - I haven't seen that much of my desk in a long time...beautiful! ;-)


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

In answer to the "how long..." question, not long, UNLESS...!!
I have battled the tendency to keep a horribly messy desk for decades, and the only winning strategy I have found has four rules:
!. Establish a permanent home for everything you use regularly, like your calendar and address book and a pad and writing implements and a file folder and/or a tray with a cover for paperwork in progress, or whatever works for you.
2. Don't sit down there unless you have something specific to do, and the time to do it.
3. Start five minutes before you start, and lay out everything you need to do your task, like a chef's "mise en place" of prepared ingredients for a recipe.
4. Quit ten minutes before you have to leave the desk, and put everything away.

Then I'll put my money on your keeping it that way for a good long time!
What do you think?


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

I'll adopt some of your rules, Bronwynsmom. Also, I'll have the motivation of accountability: My son moved the desk for me, and my son has expressed the hope that I'll keep it neat and clean. He comes here often . . .

Thanks, guys!


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

It's beautifully organized...congratulations! I'll bet you can keep it that way; it looks like you don't have anything there you don't need. I like all your pictures at eye level when you're sitting down. Enjoy it!


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

It's almost a week! How're you doing?

FYI, I saw your post and cleaned up our office/library Wednesday! Thanks! (I didn't dust the books, though. (Sigh))

Sherry


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

Ha! I'm doing pretty well, thanks. My scanner and its documentation, etc., have been added to the desk, along with a spindle of CDs, but I've been careful to keep bits and pieces of extraneous stuff off the surface.

Frequent and unannounced visits by my son have really helped. :-)


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

You can keep it like that forever. Decide to "straighten up" your lovely office every morning, before you log on the computer. You can do it! I'm betting on YOU!!!


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

It's so pretty. Now I'm going clean mine!! bronwyn, you sure have a nice plan. Maybe I should try it. Well, first I have to get to my new house and desk, where I'll have a place for everything.


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

It looks great alisande. I just cleared mine off last night because I'm thinking of moving it to the library with my hubby's so this room can be used for my sewing room/guest room or just a guest room and use the other bedroom as my sewing room. I've not decided yet. This room has a much bigger walk in closet so it's not an easy decision.


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

Confession: my desk is now 100% covered. :-(

Time for more of that ruthless action I spoke about in another thread.


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

Do you think we let it get that way, just so we can clean it up? Mine's covered too...


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

It looks great, and I bet if you do just a little every day to maintain it, you will succeed! You can keep it like that forever!!


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

i wager that if you look well at it when you get up, and spend a minute straightening, you will keep it neat forever


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

I wish I could learn how to keep my desk clean and neat at all times. I use to work in an office and when I'd get fed up with the piles, I'd stay late one day and clean it. My boss would come in and ask if I was resigning. LOL


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

How is it after these few months? I notice 2 things that give me great expectations!
1) You use a trackball, and
2) Its on the LEFT side.
But actually, you are probably so busy being creative that you just don't have time for the mundane tasks of keeping things in order. In my house, 6 months isn't unheard of for getting furniture settled in.
Please post a pic and let us see how things have filled in.
Sally (Left handed trackball user)


 o
RE: Wanna take bets? How long can I keep it like this?

Oh, Sally, it's dreadful! I posted above (March 4) that the desk was covered. I had it cleaned off for Christmas (and in the process misplaced some books I had listed for sale on Amazon, thereby losing two sales), but stuff has made its way back to the desk.

Most of the stuff is task related, but looking around me this morning I see on the desk a laboratory hot plate, a car funnel, a rawhide dog bone, and a bra! I'm a disgrace . . . which is something like what my son told me last night when he saw the desk--or, rather, what's on top of the desk.

In the past, whenever I've taken a job outside the house it has always made me more efficient about getting things done in the house. Deadlines and the necessity to keep some momentum going, I guess. But I started a job in December, and this time it has had the opposite effect; I'm having a very hard time keeping up with the clutter. Since I'm the only person who lives here, I know the stuff isn't accumulating while I'm at work, but that's the way it seems.

Incidentally, I'm right handed. The trackball was on the left because I switch sides from time to time to prevent more carpal tunnel issues. (However, my new job threatens to give me CT problems.)

One nice thing that was added to my desk since the above picture was taken is a very large, sleek, and beautiful Canon scanner. I've been having fun scanning my dad's negatives, slides, and prints going back to the 1930s.

Susan


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Organizing the Home Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here