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Good news - desk cleaning edition [Jun. 19th, 2014|10:31 am]
John
So, good news. I cleaned off a portion of my desk last night.

Better news: I was able to make some decisions - put bank statements in a folder, put financials in another folder (401(k) statements, that kind of stuff) cleared the desk of bills, shredded them (they were already paid... but there's still something satisfying about the thought. You might want to shred your bills to to reduce the risk of identity theft), and recycled the remaining bits of meaningless paper.

This is life with fatigue, trying to keep up with things and not letting things get *too* far away from you. Now all I need is a new yardwork guy (my old one is too expensive and a bit flakey) and a new house cleaner.

I used to imagine that I'd learn to garden, just enough to keep my yard clean. It's good exercise and it's surprisingly satisfying to work with the earth. But now I can't take the chance - I know I can't use my push mower, and I'm not even sure I can risk a power mower, and I just don't have the energy to do trimming and clipping most days. So now I need to find an expert and maybe learn something by osmosis, so if my body improves, I can get back to working with my hands.

But I think, deep down, I always knew I'd need a house cleaner :-). Alas, my mom was the type who'd say "look at this room! Just *look* at it!" and I was the type who thought (but knew better than to say - my parents did *not* consider spanking to be verboten!) "I'm looking, what's so bad about it?"

And that's okay for bedrooms - dust, books, and clutter won't really hurt anything. But in kitchens, that can be a problem. Once a kitchen is cluttered, it's also really hard to clean as you go (even if you have the energy for it - though I'll note that *net* energy is usually *lower* for clean as you go - and it really is easier to keep-clean than get-clean).

But I'm focusing on *good* news. And the *good* news is, cleaner desk. And I think I can start doing a bit of "let's do something - anything - to leave the desk just a *bit* better than it was when you sat down." Who knows - maybe someday, I'll be able to wipe the surface of the table I use as my computer desk, and keep a single box for temporary important papers, and a location for longer-term ones.
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[User Picture]From: dandelion_diva
2014-06-20 08:23 am (UTC)
Yay good news! :)
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