Straighten Up!

nkeppol / Foter

There comes a point when the clutter and disorganization are becoming distracting and you have to stop everything and straighten up.

My moment came when the new computer I ordered finally arrived and I knew my office needed to be cleaned up and rearranged to accommodate the new system. I am a firm believer in ‘pile files’ to a point but I also am a bit of a pack rat (not the same as the Rat Pack of Hollywood lore) so I knew some of the stuff just had to go. Luckily my husband agreed to help and we tackled every inch of my office with sweepers, dusters, trash containers, glass cleaners and disinfectant wipes. At the end of the day it was a more organized, spacious area that I really like to hand out in; and work of course! Sure I have the stray box of stuff stashed behind the chair that I’m still not sure what to do with but I know it is manageable and it will disappear shortly.

With my office now looking more professional instead of where everything goes that we don’t know what to do with I have decided that everybody, every room, every everything needs straightening up now and then. I believe when you find yourself with no motivation, writer’s block, the lazies, or in a slump you should stop whatever you are doing and straighten up something. What you ask? Well I just happen to have an answer.

Start cleaning up your car: clean out your console, glove box, and any other nooks and crannies including the dash, seats, under the seats, cup holders, and any strange sticky stuff that has taken up residence.

Start cleaning up your purse or briefcase: get rid of pens that don’t work, small trash, old files and folders, grocery lists, used tissues (guilty!), lipsticks you never use, that old tin of breath mints you forgot about, old business cards, expired coupons, the handful of change that rolls around (please put in a bank not the trash) and that melted piece of chocolate.

Start cleaning out one catch-all drawer: discard the jammed stapler, pens and markers that don’t write, group like items and put them in containers, envelopes or boxes; this works for stamps, rubber bands, paperclips, erasers, lead for pencils, and stray anything.

I think that is a big enough assignment today. Have any ideas about what needs to be straightened up? Awesome! Share with me below or send me an email to my ‘brand new not sure how everything works computer’ and I will share your list with everyone!