Believe it or not, I’m pretty organized. Any thing I don’t touch for weeks or months, sits neatly in its place. I have a neat closet. Inside my kitchen cabinets are organized. I have books organized and stored neatly on shelves. But the floor, the bed, the bathroom counter, and kitchen counter are all cluttered.
The problem is, anything I touch on a daily basis looks like it’s been thrown and tossed into its resting place: clothes, shoes, towels, kitchen stuff, my car…oh, my car… it is the worst.
My car: I hardly worry about being carjacked. A carjacker would be sidetracked because they wouldn’t be able to get in. There’s only enough room for the driver, and even in that case, the driver would usually be sitting on something. The passenger seat and floor are full of mail from the mailbox, magazines, books, lots of stuff. The backseat and trunk are junked, too. Well, here look for yourself:
I’ve had to constantly lie to people and tell them I’m in the process of moving. This is the only thing that relieves the shock from their faces, they then nod, and an “oh, I see..” comes afterward.
Once a friend ran up to my car while I was about to drive away to hand me something. She unknowingly pulled open the passenger door, and junk fell out onto her feet and the street. I couldn’t stop her in time. It was very embarrassing. You’d think after that, I’d straighten it out. Well, I did, and within a week or two – back to the default clutter.
The top of my desk at work is a mess. But inside the drawers, my papers are organized in hanging folders. What do you make of that?
All suggestions you’re thinking of right now, I’ve tried. Believe me. Okay, well, except counseling. But I don’t want counseling for this. I already know the answers: ‘once across the desk….’; ‘put things away right away’; etc.
I will have to work on it like I solved the missing keys problem. I consistently put them in the same place now whenever I come home. Problem there, solved. So. GoalTomorrow: I’m going to clean out my car.
My kitchen: This one will be next. Here’s a picture of my kitchen taken about 5 years ago. It spends 75% of the year like this. The other 25% it is spotless and bare. At the moment, it’s actually reasonably neat. I just have a few groceries (not food) from weeks ago still sitting on top, so not bad. For now.