This is one of the most unorganized areas in my house that makes me crazy! My head feels cluttered just looking at it, wondering what is buried in there. This counter top is the catch all for everything - mail, bills, receipts, school papers, phones, grocery lists, forms, broken things that need to be glued back together, etc.
This is a box-thingy to hold Christmas cards. Look closely and you'll see the word "Merry" written on the little chalkboard front. I erased it and started adding other things with the Christmas cards. Yes, there are still some Christmas cards in there from 2009. There's even an old Christmas photo of our family from 2008. I have no idea why it's there. I think I took it with us to Great Clips to show how I wanted my boys' hair cut, and then I stuck the photo in the box with the old Christmas cards and who knows what else.
To the left of all that mess we have more papers. As you can see, I'm also a piler not a filer. Well maybe I'm a wanna-be filer. You can see I have a wicker filer thingy with files in it.
This is a pile of receipts and smaller papers I want to save. Some receipts include business expenses, some have items on there I might want to return, others are notes or something. Then there are coupons in that stack and other important pieces of paper that I'm going to go through one day when I have nothing to do. I love my cute black wooden organizer thing to the right that I have stuffed full with items that won''t fit in the converted Christmas-card-holder box. If only I could see and enjoy it's potential to be a pretty organizer.
Oh, and then there is the cabinet above all my piles and overstuffed files. This is where I hide things like milk duds and cocoa covered almonds along with flashlights, post it notes I don't want my kids to use, boxes of check refills and envelopes. We stuff things in there that we don't want to lose in the organized mess below.
We'll now that I've confessed my mess-i-ness, I feel better. Actually, I don't. I've got to do something about this. It frustrates me. It makes me feel all cluttered inside. It's been like this for almost a year. And no one is going to do anything about it but me. It doesn't bother my guys, but it drives me bonkers. So, I've decided after taking these photos that it's time to say "no" to something or someone else so that I can say "yes" to organizing my mess.
I'll keep you posted. And I'll be back Monday afternoon to show you my progress and announce the winner of "The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized", a $10 Target gift card and a box of chocolates!