I finished cleaning up the desk by late afternoon. Here it is in all its clean, boring, uncluttered glory. It will look like this maybe for a day or two, then it will, in all probability, revert back to its normal disorderly state.
My second thought is that I am a pack rat, or a hoarder in training. But my third thought is that being a pack rat has an upside. I mean, had I not saved the program, how would I know that at 8:30 PM on Thursday evening, September 30, 1965, I had attended the ballets, "Coppelia" and "Carmen" performed at the Philadelphia Academy of Music by the Royal Danish Ballet? That actually brought back memories of standing in a long line outside the Academy on my lunch break. and being late getting back to work. I attended the ballet alone and can remember how entranced I was by the music, the costumes and the beauty and sensuality of the dancers, particularly of Erik Bruhn and Kirsten Simone as Don Jose and Carmen. I don't think I'll throw away the program just yet.
The table is almost cleaned off now, and a lot of papers have been either filed in a cabinet or tossed in the trash. There are still plenty of areas that need to be sorted out and straightened- including the wall hung file sorter which has become another catch-all, as you can see.
I may get everything in apple pie order, sooner or later or I may not. Maybe someone will buy me the book, The Secret Handbook for Perpetually Paralyzed Procrastinating Pack Rats Anonymous by Patricia Nudelman. Then I could spend my time reading about how to get organized without actually getting organized. I'm not going to spend a lot of time worrying about messy desks or untidy rooms. There are birds, squirrels and chipmunks to watch as they go about their business in the yard, dogs to play with, people to talk to, points to ponder, Memory Lanes to travel down, and any number of other interesting things to do instead, so I 'll hold off on sending my membership dues to Pack Rats Anonymous for a while and hope we can continue to survive and thrive in a state of semi-chaos.