Monday, August 11, 2014

Clutter

I don't know if it's a function of being a writer, or if it's just me, but as I sat here trying to think of what to talk about this morning, one thing became evident - my desk is totally cluttered.  Heck, my whole corner of the office is a clutter zone.

And this is AFTER I organized (so, yes, it has looked much worse.)

Exploring the clutter further, here we have the left side of my work area:
The printed pages on the desk are what I'm rewriting.  The ones on the floor are done (including the one I rolled into a tube with which I killed a spider.)  There's my lighter and my smokes.  Several tubes of lip balm and various other bit of crap.  My two pen holders - one for black markers and the other for pens and pencils (the highlighter holder is on Hubs worktable).  There's also the little Eeyore my Kid gave me and a pic of my folks.  Plus, the ever present coffee mug.  The mug of this particular morning says amFUNol - a pun on a company I used to do business with - Amphenol.

Moving on, here's the clutter on the right side of my desk and the middle of my work space:
There's my ashtray on top of a pile of notes, old mail, napkins, etc.  The red thing behind is a piece of swag from my friend, Carolyn Crane's book series.  (It's a glass cleaner for my glass, btw. How cool is that?)  Next to my computer is a stack of sticky notepads, business cards, sticky notes reminding me of things I should've already done, a tube of stamps...  Beneath is the drawer full of crap I don't need but can't get rid of but that now serves as my headset holder.  And beneath that is where I have my really old dictionaries, flex folders for query stuff, and blank notebooks - and piled on top of those are receipts I need to put into the padded envelope they're on top of.

Lastly, we come to the right side of my work area:
Those bags on the floor are stuff that needs to be sorted and filed.  The stuff on the filing cabinet in the corner is also stuff that needs to be filed, on top of a notebook full of writings, and probably two books worth of printed pages for the shredder.  But hey, look how organized the shelves are on my printer stand!  Plastic bins with snapping lids to keep the brown recluses from hiding in there.

Such is the life of this writer and her clutter.  I will declutter soon and then the process will start all over again.

How's your clutter?




6 comments:

jblynn said...

Did decluttering help your creative process?

The timing of your post amuses me since this week I saw an ad that said, "a tidy desk means a tidy mind" and I was going to blog about this very topic Wednesday. Now I have to come up with another topic. Thanks for that.

I don't have a separate office here but I did finally buy myself a small desk (it's literally a child's desk like we had in school with a groove to hold a pencil). Because it's so small and has no drawers I CAN'T clutter it. I only use it to write at.

jblynn said...

Did decluttering help your creative process?

The timing of your post amuses me since this week I saw an ad that said, "a tidy desk means a tidy mind" and I was going to blog about this very topic Wednesday. Now I have to come up with another topic. Thanks for that.

I don't have a separate office here but I did finally buy myself a small desk (it's literally a child's desk like we had in school with a groove to hold a pencil). Because it's so small and has no drawers I CAN'T clutter it. I only use it to write at.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Go ahead and write the post, JB. We can have like a 'declutter' week. LOL

I wish it helped the process, but usually decluttering just distracts me. I go to reach for something and it's all like 'wait wasn't that just here, where did I put it, arrggh.'

Ooo, your desk sounds fun. I can't wait to see it. =o)

Silver James said...

You call that clutter?!? Ha!!!! I should do another picture of my desk. It's actually sort of "neat" at the moment (read that as the piles are only a couple of inches tall instead of half a foot!). I do love to see where other writers work, though. Ha! That might be my next foray into guest blogs. Want to talk about your new release on my blog? Send a picture of your writing space and talk about who it works/or doesn't work for you! :D

B.E. Sanderson said...

Like I said, it's been worse, Silver. I needed to tidy it because the fiddlebacks like to hide in clutter. :shudder:

You totally need to do that on your blog. I love to see where other people are working.

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

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