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A little help from my girls…but no help for the desk… (Contest)
Sunday, February 21st, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…AnnaMarie!

I’m writing this as my dd and the 16-year-old are cleaning my rooms. I guess yesterday’s whine was read. 🙂

Which is very freeing for me. You know, being surrounded by “accidental” clutter is very exhausting. I’m not sure why. I love my “deliberate” clutter—my Russian lacquer boxes, my super-hero Funko-Pop figures, my fortune-telling teacups, my antique vanity table powder jars, etc. That clutter gives me pleasure. The clutter of water cups, unread magazines, the 7-year-old’s toys (because she spends an excessive amount of time down here with me (love her!)), clothes that need to be put into drawers—all that makes me uneasy and restless—and in normal times would inspire me to straighten…on occasion…but these aren’t normal times. My ass hurts. Bending gives me terrible twinges. And you know I’m going to be using this excuse (an excuse even it’s real pain) for as long as I can.

By the end of today, the only thing I’ll need to handle myself is my very cluttery desk. I should take a picture of my desktop, but you’d forever have that image in your mind, so just…no. Suffice it to say that I have unopened mail, toys that need fixing (again, for the precious 7-year-old who thinks I can save anything), art supplies that need to find a home, notebooks, and printed short stories (that I STILL need to read)…amid my “acceptable” clutter of perfume bottles (because a whiff of something wonderful wakes me up and clarifies my thinking), hand creams (because stiff fingers need massaging), colored pens in numerous coffee cups (because listing doesn’t work unless there’s a color code!), and those cheap dollar-store toys that wiggle and swing when the LED light is on (just because).

Okay…all right…I’ll share.

Don’t judge me! The picture doesn’t include my teetering stack of magazines and mail, but you get the picture. Actually, most of this mess “belongs” on my desk. The pens, the messy paint palettes, the dirty paint rag…

So, does my messy desk inspire hives or glee? Answer for a chance to win a download of your choice!

14 comments to “A little help from my girls…but no help for the desk… (Contest)”

  1. Sheila Bonuso
    · February 21st, 2021 at 11:47 am · Link

    I got a little scratchy looking at it. I was never a crazy cleaner and you really can’t be when you had four kids under the age of 6. I would straighten at night or when we had company. But as I got older and they went off to college and moved out, there was something peaceful about the neatness although I do love a junk drawer or two. I do kind of want to straighten out your desk top the more I look at it. 😂😂. But I also recognize that “there are different strokes for different folks”. Do you remember that tv show? Enjoy your day. And hope you start feeling better soon.

  2. Pamela Reveal
    · February 21st, 2021 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Im not a neat freak and I’m not going to judge because about 2 weeks ago i clean my desk off Its the very worst it ever been but with my depression lately its been bad but when you go to put something on your desk and it falls off or cause a avalanche than its bad but its all clean still to this day. But I do feel the need to help you do your lol

  3. Jodie Bivins
    · February 21st, 2021 at 12:45 pm · Link

    That is what mine looks like when I in my creative mind set.

  4. Colleen C.
    · February 21st, 2021 at 12:46 pm · Link

    I have a messy desk… papers, books, markers, pens, candy, and more all over… but it is a chaos I know where to find things, LOL

  5. Cheryl
    · February 21st, 2021 at 1:01 pm · Link

    I say a neat desk is the sign of a messy mind. 🙂 I have a similar organization system. What drives everyone nuts is I can pull out exactly what is being looked for, which I can imagine you can do as well! Hope you heal quickly. Tailbone pain is not fun!

  6. Michelle
    · February 21st, 2021 at 1:05 pm · Link

    I find whenever I create it gets messy
    Art supplies being used = some space being covered. No worries, keep creating! Though I do know what you mean about accidental clutter…. family is worth it though 🙂

  7. Jennifer Beyer
    · February 21st, 2021 at 2:18 pm · Link

    I love it! It’s the vision of a creative mind at work. I totally get it.

  8. bn100
    · February 21st, 2021 at 4:48 pm · Link

    whatever works for you

  9. Debra Guyette
    · February 22nd, 2021 at 6:39 am · Link

    I have a desk that is somewhere in between. But I know where everything is so don’t mess with it.

  10. AnnaMarie
    · February 22nd, 2021 at 9:26 am · Link

    Your desk is fine. It just shows you’re a hard-working mom with 20 jobs including your writing. Good Luck.

  11. ButtonsMom2003
    · February 22nd, 2021 at 11:24 pm · Link

    My desk is much worse than yours; yours looks organized compared to my mess. 🙂

  12. Brenda
    · February 23rd, 2021 at 10:41 am · Link

    I hate to throw things away. For 10 years I was a preschool teacher, and when I saw a jar, cardboard, toilet paper roll… name it, I would think oh, I can use this in crafts with the kids….lol. I’ve cleaned out since then but still have a habit of collecting special items that I just can’t let go.

  13. flchen1
    · February 26th, 2021 at 11:45 pm · Link

    I tend to live with clutter, so your desk doesn’t bother me at all, LOL!

  14. Delilah
    · March 2nd, 2021 at 7:50 am · Link

    Well, I’m relieved I’m not the only cluttered here! 🙂

    The winner of her choice of downloads from my back list is…AnnaMarie! Congrats! Email me at with your choice!

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