I don’t like cleaning. I really don’t. I can think of about a million things I’d rather do than dust and scrub and sweep. However, I do like a clean house, so, until I start selling loads and loads of books and can afford to hire a cleaner, for now the job falls (mostly) to me.
Today I had a free day, a rare beast at this time of year. And I chose, among other things, to do some cleaning. I know, right?! Have I gone mad?? But it was rather specific cleaning. I decided that it was time to tackle the piles of paper taking on rather alarming proportions on my desk. In fact, they had expanded to the windowsill and even the floor, and it was all feeling a bit crowded and cluttered in my tiny study. I know I’ve written previously about the chaotic way I take notes and manage my plans, but every so often I do like to get things in order, otherwise I think my family might find me one day buried under a fluttering piles of paper scraps and sticky notes, whimpering softly. So I moved everything out of the study and started to sort through it.
And what did I find?
A couple of short story notes, a page of Ambeth ideas, some scribbles about Silver and Black. An email from a friend that I’d missed, some drawings from my daughter plus a poem she’d written about me (the best!), three notebooks, some empty file sleeves (now put to use holding those story ideas), a couple of photographs, and some reference notes about publications looking for short stories. I also found dust and picture hooks and pens and sharpeners, a nail file and some (clean) tissues. Papers that should have gone in the bin ages ago, plus more papers that needed to be filed. A reminder to do my taxes, an invitation needing a reply, and a couple of receipts.
So I filed and sorted and threw away, and now I have a desk much cleaner and clearer than before, a nice space in which to get back to work. I’ve been trying to sort out my next Ambeth book and am hoping this will create the space for me to do so, both physically and mentally.
Which leads to the one sort of cleaning I don’t mind doing. Meditation. For me it’s the mental equivalent of clearing out my desk. I realise it’s not for everyone – it’s just something that happens to work for me. I miss it when I don’t do it, and I feel calmer when I do. Even just a few minutes each day makes a difference. I find when I sit and let thoughts tumble through my mind I can then decide, in a space of calmness, whether to keep them, file them, or let them go. And then, once things are clear and sorted, I’m free to focus elsewhere.
It’s evening now. I wasn’t planning on writing a blog post, yet here I am, sitting at my nice clean desk, words appearing on the page. I think, despite my aversion, doing a little cleaning can sometimes be a good thing.
Happy weekend, everyone!
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Well done 👍…
nothing easier to get messy with papers like your desktop..
So it’s should feel very rewarding getting it sorted and organized
Thank you! It does feel quite rewarding 🙂 Happy weekend to you.
Thank you Hellen..
I do hope you do the same…
Thank you 🙂
Dude is that really your backyard? 🙂
OMG no! Haha. I took that photo at a nearby garden place – there were all different types of gardens there, including one where everything was huge (plant pots, matches, fork) so you felt like a bug. I liked this one because of how nature had taken over. 🙂
Nature certainly did take over hahaha
Oh yeah 🙂
Happy weekend! Good job on the cleaning despite your “love” for it 😛
Haha, thanks Anthony! Happy weekend to you too 🙂
Some say that a tidy desk is a happy desk. And, that a happy desk is a productive desk. All I know is my mind is totally chaotic just now. ❤
That’s true – your desk can be as tidy as you like, but our minds also need space and calm in which to create at times. However, sometimes a bit of chaos can work too! Wishing you a good weekend 🙂
Nothing beats a nice clean workspace. It never stays that way for long despite all good intentions though
I know. It’s fab at the moment, but no doubt will be overrun in a week or two again. Still, I’ll enjoy it while it lasts 😀
funny, great approach, good reminder – you let our positive energy be active..
Thank you – yes indeed!
I love that garden! Nature’s picnic. 🙂 I need a clean house, too. And I agree completely about meditation being “the mental equivalent of clearing out my desk.” Yup. Though now you’ve got me looking at all the crap on my desk surrounding me. Argh! Clutter!!!
Thank you – it’s cool, isn’t it? Sadly, the place where it was has closed down – hoping they get the funds to reopen again.
And oh, my clean clear desk does feel so nice! Not sure how long it will last, though…