Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What Do I Need?

I was just paying a few bills at the computer...this one:

while balancing the notebook I use as a checkbook register and my checkbook and stamps and a few bills on my lap while I worked. There's a stack of books, as usual, to the left of the computer.

This is not an ideal work environment. So I was trying to think, do I need a personal secretary or a nice big home office?

Hmm, which would be more useful?

I mean, just look at this:

Oh dear. Can you imagine? Of course, when I imagine it, I not only have that nice office area, but I have instantly become organized and there are no stacks whatsoever of mail laying around and everything is filed and there are no used Kleenexes or sweet pictures made with marker laying on top of everything else. And I can find a pen.

A girl can dream, right?

So then I remembered how one day 3 years ago or so I was sitting at our dining room table and I looked into the sewing/laundry room and noticed I could make a desk out there if I tried really hard.

Do you think it's useable even 15% of the time? Or 2%? Or do you think it's piled high with crapola laying every which way?

Which really isn't even the problem as I can't even GET TO the desk right now because of all the stuff in the sewing room floor. The sewing room, that by the way, has not been sewn in in YEARS.

Oh I am really good at making things happen but not so good at the simple upkeep.

I mean, how hard REALLY would it be to spend 3 minutes a day straightening up that area? Throwing away mail? Filing a bill or two? How hard is it to put sewing stuff away in the right place when I'm through?

Don't answer that.

Instead, I start dreaming about having a bigger house. Which, by the way, I do NOT want. I actually would like a smaller house if you want to know the truth.

So, maybe it's not a secretary, or a new house I need.

I think maybe it's a kick in the pants.

**Know what else I need? Help with my organic grocery buying! Come over to my kitchen and help me out please?


  1. My husband insists in keeping all the bills, and other important things that are current, in the napkin holder. So, I bought another napkin holder and let him have the first one. Then THAT napkin holder got filled many napkin holders does he need? I need a place to hold napkins!

  2. LOL! Oh Lady . . . our last house had an office off the family room, built in cabinets and shelves, the works. It was always a mess. Always. As in - I had to buy a floor screen to block it off for when we had company.

    In our current house, we have a little niche where the desk fits and a filing cabinet in the hall right around the corner. It's fabulous, because since it's part of the family room, it's kept clean.

  3. Q, I KNOW that is part of the problem! My bill paying desk is back in the utility room and it's just far enough out of sight that it doesn't get cleaned very often. Boy if it was in the living room I'd really have to keep on top of it!

  4. Ha! I could have written this post. My desk is always a disaster!!! Some one to pay the bills would be really nice. Can they go through all the mail too...and keep it at there house:)

  5. Honey, I was in the same situation just 2 short weeks ago! I gave myself that swift kick in the pants and am so thankful that I did. I now have my daily/weekly schedule going along with 3 other items daily. Jump on over to my blog and take a look.

  6. I feel your pain, I have the same problem, hardly enough space in my home. Then when I think I want a bigger house, and I kind of do, I think EVEN more rooms to clean, NO THANK YOU, lol.

    Glad I came to check out your blog, Its so cute. I'm off to read your kitchen blog now, topic of organic grocery shopping has me all excited :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and hope you can come party with us, at my weekly party **Amaze me August**, I would LOVE to have you, anytime Brenda.

    Thanks again,

    Bella :)

  7. Ok, all of my bill related stuff is in a cabinet in the kitchen because I don't have a desk (or a place to put one). Now I'm starting to think that's not such a bad thing. My kitchen table doubles as a desk, bill paying area, homeschool central and we eat there every morning, noon and night. That's a sure-fire way to force regular clean-ups!


I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)