Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Cleaning Virus

by Julie

I've been talking about how we've been clearing out the basement, right? Well, the need to put tidy up and clean has turned into a sort of virus around here. Our home has always been clean, but cluttered. I like to leave things out where I can reach them, especially when I'm in the midst of a project. My husband likes to put things away immediately. For as long as we've been married, I've more or less gotten my way - which is why there's always a pile of paperwork on the countertop.

All of a sudden, however, I'm finding enjoyment in the less-messy look. Enough to put forth effort to keep things pretty. I have to tell you - the basement has done this to me. We donated so much and threw away so much that I absolutely do not want to bring another *thing* into this house unless it serves an important purpose....or is consumable. No more stuff!!!

Remember back a few months ago when all the Cozy Chicks posted photos of our desks? You may recall mine:

Pretty bad, huh? That's how it's looked for the past... oh... ten years or so.

That was before this cleaning virus hit. Take a look at all those notes. Every single one of them serves a purpose and every single one of them remained within my reach every single day. But did they need to be *that* accessible? I decided they didn't.

And... oh... if this is my *desk* you can imagine how bad the rest of the room looked! My husband often said that he was taking his life in his hands whenever he needed to get something out of the closet. There was barely a path to walk.

Look at the desk now!

And the rest of the room!
Awesome, isn't it? I'm tickled.

The big question is... can I keep it this way? I plan to, of course. It's such a pleasure to walk in here each morning. But I need everyone to put on their Heloise hats and give me suggestions for how to stay on top of things, especially when I'm working under a tight deadline (like I am now).
Any ideas?


Aimee Hix said...

Every hour, for your health, you are supposed to get up from your computer and walk around to get the blood pumping, stretch your cramped muscles, refocus your eyes. Use some of this time to tidy up: gather post-its into a folder if you don't need them for the next bit of writing, take glasses and mugs to the kitchen, bend over and pick up some papers that have migrated to the floor, return any writing implements to their container.

Two birds with one stone. :)

Julie Hyzy said...

Great idea, Aimee! I definitely don't stand up and walk around enough. Two birds - absolutely right. Thanks!

Diane L said...

As I looked at you picture of your messy desk, I looked at mine. It looks like your old way..A Mess!. I'm packing now to move next week. I'm going to a much smaller apartment from an 8 room home. I don't even think I will be able to fit in some of the stuff I am taking but Goodwill is just down the street so I'm sure I'll be donating..They are already my new best friends.. I'm determined to not be messy anymore. Good luck to you and to me too.

Darlene said...

There are apps now for the computer,its a post note one.It keeps the note on the computer screen until you delete it.Also as mail comes in if thats the room it goes to sort immediately.Catalogs I don't want go in recycling immediately bills in the holder mounted on the wall and things I want to look at before tossing in a small basket.Also devote 5 minutes to pickup that would have been used for writing each night when finished.

Aurian said...

Wow, you have a beautiful desk! Surely you want to keep seeing it instead of all the clutter.
I do agree with your first commenter, clean it up bit by bit, daily. That is what I have to do here in the house as well ;)

Julie Hyzy said...

Diane - Oh! Good luck!!! I feel your pain!

Rosie - I like your suggestions. They're easy, quick, and even I could keep up with them. Thanks!

It's tough for me, Aurian. I always promise myself that I'll get to it later, or tomorrow, but then fifty more things cross my path and I promise those, too. This time, however, I'm going to try harder!

Unknown said...

I definitely need to follow your lead.

Marilyn Levinson said...

I can hardly control the clutter on my desk. I wish there were a Declutter Elf who comes in every night while I'm asleep and puts things in order.

Julie Hyzy said...

Lorraine -sometimes you just have to wait until the mood strikes.

Marilyn - what a great idea! Instead of Elf on a Shelf we should design a Declutter Elf. I'd bet we'd sell a million of them!