|I like this quote, and I couldn't find a sign that I liked so I figured I would just make me own. Feel free to steal.|
A few months ago, my mom called about our summer vacation. She wanted me to set up some frequent flyer accounts for all of my girls. Great! No problem. Except, apparently you need Social Security Numbers in order to sign them up. Fine, they were around my mess of an office somewhere. I looked everywhere, though, and I never could find the cards. I did find Bria's and Chloe's vaccination records, which also contained their SS#, but I couldn't find anything with Sophia's. One would think that past tax records might help, but I couldn't find those, either.
This is just one (very egregious) example of the chaotic state my office was in. The "inbox" on my desk was overflowing with so many papers, it couldn't serve a purpose anymore. I missed filling out important forms because they were quickly buried in the avalanche. My children didn't get their school class pictures this past year for that very reason, and I still feel guilty every time I think of that one (give me the freakin' Mother of the Year Award right now).
You probably don't remember, but my word (phrase, actually) for this year is Lighten Up! I chose it to remind me to quit carrying around so much baggage in my life: Debt, weight, schedule, attitude, and yes, clutter.
If I had to make an accounting of the first half of the year, I'd say that I'm doing okay on getting rid of the debt. There's still a long road ahead, but it feels good to kick some of it out of our lives. I was doing really well on weight, until the dreaded Achilles Tendinitis hit. But, I graduated from physical therapy today, and hopefully my gym going will start again as soon as the play I'm in closes this weekend. I think I'm doing better on the whole attitude thing, but I am making an effort to further improve. Schedule? Ugh. Well, that's a total failure, and frankly, because of the schedule, the clutter hasn't improved much, either.
That said, I was absolutely resolved this summer to get my office clean and organized and functioning. The first order of business was to buy a freaking filing cabinet. I mean, who doesn't have a filing cabinet, anyway? Me, that's who. In my defense, I used to have one, but it was kind of destroyed in the move from Arizona to Utah, and I just got rid of it before moving here. And in almost three years of living in Michigan I have not bothered to buy a filing cabinet. I have reorganized and rearranged my office more than any other room in the house, but it never actually occurred to me to buy a filing cabinet.
So off I went to purchase a filing cabinet. And, just my luck, my friend was having a yard sale down the street and I thought I'd check it out before heading to Office Max to pick out a filing cabinet. And guess what she was selling for cheap? An oak (or maybe not, but nice wood, nonetheless), four-drawer, FILING CABINET! I bought it faster than you can say designer file folders, headed to the store to arm myself with pretty filing supplies, and thus began Operation Organize Lara's Office.
|I know. Operation Redecorate Lara's Office should happen sooner than later. That wallpaper and paneling really must go, but one thing at a time, my friends.|
However, even though my desk was really, super, amazingly clean once Operation Organize Lara's Office was complete, it has since morphed back to its usual slovenly habits. I'm so disappointed in it.