Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Order Out of Chaos

I'm am disorganized to the extreme. Some would say that I've turned disorganization into an art. I have piles of things stacked all over the house. I have books sitting on my stairs waiting to go upstairs to be shelved in my library. My desk is piled with articles I've meant to read, story ideas that haven't been fleshed out yet, and plenty of knickknacks. My laundry is either in the hamper waiting to be washed or in the hamper waiting to be hung up. I'm not what you would call an amazing housekeeper.

Most of the time I don't have any problem with my regular bits of chaos. Every couple of years though I decide that I need to clean house. And this is one of those times. Both Jeff and I are pack rats. We collect things. We buy things for hobbies that never get used. I wish I could count the number of origami books that I've bought over the years and never used. And it's the same with every other hobby I've tried.

So this week I'm going to start going through my books and my clothes and my knickknacks and hopefully getting rid of some things. I'm trying the three box trick (one box to keep, one to throw, and one to give away). Everything in the "To Keep" box has to find a place in the house. I guarantee that I will evaluate things quite a bit more if I know that I have to find a spot for them. There aren't a lot of spots left. Wish me luck. This should be a monstrous task.

4 comments:

Keith said...

If you figure out the secret, let me know.

Emilie said...

If you're not busy Friday night I'd love to come over and help you. I would even bring the wine.

Cat B said...

Keith,
If I figure out the secret I'll tell you first. Then I'll write a book, and make a bijillion (technical term) dollars. : )

Em,
It's a date! I'll supply the wine, and some good cheese. Maybe even dinner. And I'd still owe you for your help.

Emilie said...

Happy to do it. See you friday!