Don’t Just Talk About it, Day One

So I went ahead and started today, just because.    Here’s what the desk area looked like before:


A mess, I know.  I went and got my trusty helpers


the trash can, the “please put away” box, my chair to hold the “to be filed” items, and the paper recycling bin.  I started tackling the desk by taking everything off it that was paper or didn’t belong in the desk area. I scanned in the entire pile of things sitting there waiting to be scanned, made a file of kids passwords so I wouldn’t have to keep up with a billion little scraps of paper, and finally registered all those games the kids got over the holidays.  Then I removed all the electronics and was left with this delightfulness:


Okay, not so delightful.  I pulled the cords all out, too, and wiped them down, and then used twist ties (saved from bread bags) to tidy up their cordiness (I also labeled them with the remainders of sticky paper off the bottom of a book of stamps).  Then I wiped down the desk and used a bit of spray paint (leftover from another project) over the very obvious paint deficiencies there (You may all skip that step, really.  My husband will be quietly appalled.  The whole area needs a repaint job, but that will have to wait until it’s a bit warmer and we can open the house for extended periods of time).


After everything was dry, I started moving things back in, leaving some stuff out in the “please put away” box and rearranging other stuff.  I made enough space to put my scrapbooks back out where they belong, which made me very happy.



The only thing I didn’t get to today was under the desk, but that required tools to take the old hard drive out of the old computer and I didn’t have time to go spelunking in the garage today on top of everything else.  I’m really quite pleased with the finished area, especially as it puts the file folders into better reach so that I might actually file the stuff that needs filing next time instead of it leaving on the desk.


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“Don’t Just Talk About it, Do It” Challenge

Beginning in just a little bit, I’m starting a new January challenge.  I really loved the one over at A Bowl Full of Lemons last January, but haven’t been able to find anything like it this year for the month, so I’m making one of my own.

Here’s the plan, each weekday I’m going to tackle a project that I’ve been talking about forever, but never get to.  I’m going to assign a day to each project and just work at it until it’s done or my time is up.  If you’d like to follow along and link to your own similar projects, I’ll include a linky at the bottom.  If you’ve got nothing similar, but just felt inspired to do something, anything that’s been on your list forever, link that up, too.  The more the merrier!

  • Week One starts now:

Thursday 1/5 Tidying up the computer area

Friday 1/6 Peeling up the remaining wallpaper in the bathroom

  • Week Two starts on Monday, it’s theme is basically “Starting with my own mess”

Monday 1/9  My bedside table is scary

Tuesday 1/10 My closet tries to eat stuff

Wednesday 1/11  My reading nook has crap under it

Thursday 1/12 Under the bed the drawers have found friends

Friday 1/13  The shelving units could be emptier

  • Week Three starts the following Monday, with it’s theme being “Places we hide stuff when company’s coming”

Monday 1/16 My eldest son’s closet has mostly my stuff in it

Tuesday 1/17 My youngest son’s closet is scarier than my bedside table

Wednesday 1/18 My middle son’s closet holds all the games

Thursday 1/19 The front hall closet I’m suspecting of having parties without me

Friday 1/20 Someplace else messy that’s not a closet 

  • Week Four’s theme will be “All the Stuff in the Universe:”

Monday 1/23 My craft desk is overflowing

Tuesday 1/24 My memory stuff is taking over

Wednesday 1/25 The garage needs tidying

Thursday 1/26 The media cabinet could be emptier

Friday 1/27 The piano & music center wants a shelf

  • Week Five is short because that’s all that’s left of January and I only have two bathrooms:

Monday 1/30 The kids/guest bathroom needs spiffying

Tuesday 1/31 My bathroom towel situation

On February 1st I’ll do a round up of before’s and after’s of all my spaces and then collapse into a heap for the rest of the month.