Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I Need An EMT!

Quick!!!  Send me an EMT, I think I broke my arm..... from patting myself on the back so much!  I know, I know, that was bad wasn't it?  You're welcome.  And yes, you can use it any time.  Again, you're welcome.

I have been a busy girl this week.  I'm so proud of myself.  Remember my 'Big Plans'?  I've accomplished some of them!  Oh yes I have!  One of the main things that's been bugging me for quite awhile was my desk.  It sits right in my kitchen.  I use it every day and it's an eyesore.  Here judge for yourself:

The 'eyesore' of the kitchen.  My desk!

 I added those baskets at the top & in the cubbies not quite a year ago, thinking that they would help keep crap stuff corralled.  It did/does work for the stuff that's in there (except for the one to the left of the printer that one was a mess).  The top of the desk is just a big dumping ground for everything that comes off the table at dinner time.  To the right are the bamboo desk accessories that my mom found at a garage sale (back in May of last year) for $5 - brand new!! 

So anyhoot, I started out on Saturday morning clearing the whole thing off, dusting it down, etc.  Midway through, I knew I wanted to get a light that would mount under the lip (just above the Skype camera) so the Princess & I made a trip to Wally-World.  Found this great cheap little light, $10 bucks.  Came home plugged it in, GAW!!!  I was blinded!  It was just at the height that it shone right in your eyeballs!  I need to find something that will mount & then shine straight down onto the desk.  Keeping my blinded eyeballs peeled.

After much sorting (yes, I even sorted ALL of the paperwork), I was able to add to the donate box, and fill a garbage bag about 3/4 full of paper/trash.  Ready for the reveal?  Here's what it looks like now:

The 'Wow there's really a desk under there!' desk!
I ended up not really finishing until about 11 that night.  I didn't rush myself or give myself a timeline.  I just knew I wanted to accomplish the feat & I wanted to do it right.  Most of the stuff that was on there I was able to relocate to where it actually needed to go.  Some stuff needed to be handled in a two step process.  Like, I had a pile of random email addresses that had to be entered onto the computer & put in my ipod.  I also had bits of paper with short lists on them.  Things like, movies I'd like to rent or books I'd like to read.  Things that my brother, mom or someone mentioned that they wished they had such & such - so I keep my eye out for it or use that as a Christmas or Birthday gift idea - things like that, that I wanted to put in 'Notes' on my ipod.  So, it's been clean for a few days now.  Pens, pencils, rulers, etc are to the left of the computer screen, to the right in the back of the little bamboo holder are bills & paperwork that is still 'in process', in the front is a spot that holds note paper.  The red thing with the pink was a birthday present from my kids.  It's a Hallmark Blooming Expressions says 'I love you' in it.  To the far right is an antique tea tin that holds odd business cards, extra key tags to various stores etc.  The baskets hold:  1-pay stubs, 2-paid bills & recent warranty booklets, 3-bills to pay, 4-tape, white out, envelopes & 5-calculators & check books.  I also straightened up the small drawer (that you can't see).

There has also been two other projects that I've been working on that I will reveal once I've completed them.  Four more days of vacation!!  I wonder what else I can get accomplished?

So how have your 'Big Plans' been going?

Bye!  Love you!  Have a good day, Dear!


  1. I am so envious! I, too, have a cluttered desk and the bits of paper? Oh my! I have file folders just for all those bits of papers that have been waiting for years to get organized and put on the ole' computer.

    Congratulations on a job well done. Your desk is so pretty now.

  2. Wow, nice work! I also try to use my ipod for notes so I can avoid scraps of paper as much as possible. Over here, they end up buried and forgotten very quickly.

  3. What? A desk isn't supposed to look like the first picture? Mine looks like that all the time. You did a nice job decrapifying though. How long do you think it will stay that way? Not to be a Negative Nelly or anything, but you know, REALITY.

  4. As much of a decluttering diva as I am, my desk looks like this too. I am not quite sure, I will ever win that battle. We shall see.


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