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I know why I love museums. They contain great art and beauty not for sale. Taking in an exhibition is different from going to a gallery opening with a possibility of purchasing something to take home. Botanical gardens and flower conservatories are even more attractive because they are maintained in ways I could never do at home. The extravagance of collections on display to the public makes me very happy. I never mind paying a fee to tour a museum because I know the expense for the establishment goes far beyond what they can collect at the door. Volunteers, donors, patrons and members keep the bills paid and the events continuing. Plans are made years in advance to show collections and feature artists at special opening galas. What does this have to do with my regular life at home?
In December I cleared out my bedroom, giving my closet an extreme make over. I jettisoned mass quantities of clothing to make my surroundings both pleasant and well-organized. This purge of possessions has proven to be very satisfying and easy to maintain. I am not tempted to over fill my space with objects or delay dusting. I feel great about my five star hotel style bedroom. We bought a new bed, new covers and pillows which add to the comfort. I am sure I don’t miss all the clothes I gave away, and am still loaded with wardrobe items for all occaisions.
I have turned my attention to my office now. I started to look for something recently and found many useless things stuffed into my office closet. I began to eliminate, file, move, and generally tidy up my work space finding art, art supplies, sewing, fabric, patterns, and all manner of buttons, remnants and sequin trim. I also have stored both framed and unfinished art I have created by stuffing it into spaces on the bookshelf. The place is a mess, but it will not require as much work to reform as my clothing did. I finished my taxes today and feel I need to do this organizing task. I don’t honestly need to keep papers all over my desk while I organize taxes, but I seem to do that each year. Now there is no excuse. Next week I will have a clearly organized office that reflects my highly organized life. I believe that the space can create more order or more disorder all by itself. If I have a tiny pile of mail it becomes a big pile just because there is a place to stick envelopes I don’t want to open at the moment. I will turn this tide of unruly ownership of items into a fabulous collection of art and art supplies that would thrill any muse. I want to be able to find, use, then easily store everything in its place, just as Maria Montessori wants me to do. It would have been too shocking to show before and after shots of my clothes, but I am showing you the disgraceful state of my belongings now. I will impress you next week with the spanking new space. I am acting in time before they find me and put my office closet on one of those hoarder shows. Wish me luck on my new museum quality office.
Clean desk, clear mind, well defined goals, and a new practices are being planned for the new year. Finishing what one starts is a big lesson in my life since I like to start everything all the time. My declaration of the war on clutter has revealed how much of an overstock I had in some parts of my life and space. Dilligence to stay clean is a constant effort, since tax season is upon us and the paper will be flowing in and sorted for that fun activity. I know taxes are an excuse, and not a good one, to pile up papers rather than file or discard them on the spot. I have had a remedial session with a house keeper deep cleaning as I deep organize and toss. I have a box of paper I need to sort, but I created a temporary clean desk for the week, and will not return to the stack of paper lifestyle in 2014. I am dedicated to wasting less space and less time on distraction. Nothing is more distracting than a bunch of really important tax documents mixed and stacked in a pile of all the latest AARP junk mail and bank offers, taking up the space around you. It is very silly to allow that junk mail to get to the desk..Just like wiping one’s feet at the door, it is easier to keep the unwanted schmutz from entering in the first place.
In order to take off the runway must be cleared of any obstructions. The glass top of my desk is to remain clean and clear beyond National Clean Desk Day. I will not allow this achievement to drown in a sea of paper. I vow to throw it out at the mailbox and edit it before it comes to the office. Every day I will file, use or throw out the papers that I keep. Sticking to this practice will make me a happier person and therefore a better writer. I am enthusiastic about the #CleanDeskDay contest launched in celebration of this wonderful concept. Let’s get clean and stay clean all of 2014!!! I can’t wait to see what will be posted in instagram under #CleanDeskDay to enter the contest. The real prize is the clean desk.