ten down, forever to go

most, but not all of what came back from the UK

Looking like a complete disaster when I walked into the studio this afternoon, I wish I could say that I had finished organizing the room in one go. The picture was taken after the first batch of boxes had been emptied and hauled out.

But that would be lying. It is going to take days and days to get this particular room organized.

I could come up with all sorts of excuses (taking George to the train, running errands, figuring out how to put all those medical records together complete with page numbering so that when the inevitable fall of everything to the floor happens I have some chance at putting the mess back together) but in truth, the last time this particular room was neat and completely useable was in late 2007. It became the chaos room and dumping ground while I was gone. Add to that my personal impact every time I came back to pick up yarn, drop off patterns, stir the pot a bit in an effort to find something.

It isn’t pretty.

Since the picture was taken, I have emptied more boxes. Rather large boxes and I am proud of myself for getting into the double digits with my efforts. Clear Rubbermaid tubs with clasp lids also accounted for part of the improvement. Mostly, however, stuff just got moved from one room to another (did I mention that the rest of the house is a disaster so that it really doesn’t make a whit worth of difference in the overall orderliness of our lives?) with more audiobooks unearthed (CDBooks at 206, Cassette at 44 books and MP3s at 177 which easily exceeds Alison’s suggestion of a book a day ….).

So as to not be discouraging – I will leave you on a happy note courtesy of Brad who found a link we all need. Unless of course, you have never wondered about how many clowns fit in a car.

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17 Responses to ten down, forever to go

  1. Mary says:

    YIKES!!! What a photo! So sorry!

  2. Alison says:

    A huge job. Or it certainly would be here. Good luck! My parents did
    that after living in the same house for 45 years. Yikes.

  3. Linda says:

    oh my – I think I’d rather work on my conference presentation and grading than deal with your study…

    good luck with it!

  4. Steve says:

    I’m too ashamed to take pics of what our place looks like right now, but then again, before and after pics might be nice to have at some later date. I’ll think about it.

  5. Holly says:

    I don’t think it is shame – it is just lack of a really good excuse (grin) …. the boys aren’t even there to help make it worse.

  6. Jan says:

    Welcome back.

    Have George walk to the train.

  7. Angeluna says:

    Holy crap, Holly. Actually, I’m delighted to see you are human after all. I’ve got an extra room that’s maybe 1/3 as full and I can’t bear to look at it. Which just let’s it get worse and worse.

    I give bags to charity at least once a month. I give to friends a lot, too. I try not to add anything to the mix and it still gets no better, at least not worse. Except for yarn stash; that gets worse.

  8. Ann says:

    This must be your “portrait of Dorian Grey” which offsets the orderliness one must maintain as an Army officer???

  9. Cat says:

    Oh right – this is a good reminder of just why I am NOT buying any more yarn and am desperately trying to get rid of some other stuff
    – but all your excuses sound perfectly reasonable to me!

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  12. Marie says:

    Don’t sweat; I moved into my current house 16 years ago and I still have boxes I have not unpacked!

  13. Mark says:

    Oy Vay! Looks worse than my basement after it returned from active duty in 2004.

  14. Bob says:

    Forget the formulas. I’m an inch-and-a-half too tall and 40 pounds too heavy to be a clown. My own little office, work space, computer building area looks even worse than your studio. I’d take a picture but the camera is hidden under a bunch of stuff at the moment. Inge says she understands completely, which is why she closes my door (when it’s not blocked) and goes about enjoying the rest of the house! Relax, you’ve got the time to let it all work out.

  15. Berg says:

    Hang in there Holly – baby steps will get it done {:o}

  16. Carmen says:

    It will be ok. One box is one box. The next one is another one. it did not get that way in one go.
    “Before” pictures are an excellent idea.

  17. Tara says:

    So funny to see the spinning wheel in the background. I’ve spun wool and other fibers for several years! 🙂
    You and I have a lot in common in the long run. Take care.

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