Hello. My name is Friday. And I am a stacker. A piler. An attacker of all surfaces horizontal. A guerrilla warrior of clutter–you’ll never catch me doing it, but BAM! There it is. And to prove that I am not afraid (ashamed? yes, but not afraid) to show you, here is a picture of my dining room yesterday:
Yes, I am still in mid-rearrange here, but to be very honest, most of this stuff has been stacked like this for weeks. Stacked with good intentions but poor follow-through. How wonderful would it be to have a clear surface–say an entire dining room table–to use whatever the reason? For actually sitting down for meals. For schoolwork. For crafts. For sewing. I can see it now, glistening with clarity, unending spans of flat workspace! Oh the possibilities! And the best part for my fellow twiners/shoestringers–it’s free!
So, how to do this? There has to be a formula for clear horizontals spaces. Somewhere in the fathoms of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, telemetry…
The mental process that I have been going through is much like my favorite exchange in the movie Hook:
Yes, it does hurt. The simplest answers are usually painfully obvious. This one was no exception. Set the table! The formula is simple and actually requires no calculus or even long division: set the table for the desired activity, clear the table immediately after said activity, keep the table clear between times. Voila!!!
Side note: this blog is obviously not intended for BOs. (Those Born Organized people, term courtesy of the Side-tracked Home Executives.) Any BOs are welcome to read this, marvel at the fact that a grown woman with 17 years experience in running her own home just now figured out how to keep her table clear, and giggle amongst yourselves.
I’m giving myself a weeklong challenge to keep the table clear. Which means that I need to finish organizing the dining room, which means I need to figure out where everything is supposed to go, which means I really should resurrect my bed-making challenge…kinda like giving a mouse a cookie, huh?