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Anna Sugden | I Need Clutter!


I admit it ... I'm not a tidy person.

It's not in my nature. I don't have a tidy mind. I certainly don't have a tidy office. I find an empty desk and a neat office scary! Honestly, my brain freezes if there is too much tidiness!

Office 1

I like stuff and I like it around me. I like things on the wall, things on the shelves, my working tools on my desk and a cat or two lazing in the sun to top things off (although preferably not on my work!). I like photos and books and trinkets and my collections of penguins, Moomins, hockey memorabilia and autographs. I like cards I've been sent, my book covers and writing awards, gifts my family or friends have made me or that the kids I used to teach gave me. Everything in my office makes me smile and I'm sure it gives me some kind of positive energy for my work.

People think that because I'm not tidy, I'm also disorganised. I like to say that I'm untidily organised. There is a method to the clutter and I know where things are. A place for everything and everything in its place - even if it looks like chaos to others. I can tell you who gave or made me each item or where it came from and what it means to me.

That said, I do tend to have occasional blitzes -- usually after I've finished writing or revising a book -- where I go through the piles and tidy away or rearrange items. For the following week, I won't be able to find anything, until the natural order of clutter has been restored! LOL

Office 2

One of the things I've learned is that in order to be comfortable being me, I need to be able to Be Me - untidiness and all (Thank goodness, my lovely hubby understands that ... and gave me a nice big office to mess around in *g*) I know this will make some of you shriek with horror. But, hopefully, it will make others smile with understanding!

What about you? Are you tidy or untidy? Are you tidily disorganised or untidily organised? Do you like clutter or does clutter drive you nuts?




11 comments posted.

Re: Anna Sugden | I Need Clutter!

Clutter seems to be my middle name!
(Melanie Backus 1:22am March 5, 2014)

Thanks for stopping by, Melanie! Glad to know I have a
clutter twin!
(Anna Sugden 3:42am March 5, 2014)

Hi Anna!! We seem to be like 2 peas in a pod, although if you saw my desk area, you would think that you were Mrs. Clean!! lol We are of like minds, meaning that we have paperwork around, yet know pretty much where to find what we need in a pinch. I tend to get a bit overwhelmed at times, when I feel that enough is enough, and start to organize my notes, knitting material, and other miscellaneous papers that have made their way to my desk. I'm also one for constantly making notes, so that I never forget about something, and put them in a tray, which is stuffed with papers at the moment. When I get a few spare moments, I go through it, and throw out what isn't necessary anymore. There are also knitting magazines in holders on the rack under my desk for reference, along with my knitting bag. Need I say more!! Have a great week!!
(Peggy Roberson 8:55am March 5, 2014)

Hi Peggy - hope you're feeling better! :)

Ah yes, you'll notice I haven't mentioned my craft stuff. I
have a lovely old carpenter's box to store my materials, but
I have magazines and patterns stacked in a corner of my
closet and current projects on top of that box!

There is a method in our madness, right?!
(Anna Sugden 11:26am March 5, 2014)

I have organized clutter, lol!
(Colleen Conklin 12:00pm March 5, 2014)

Thanks for stopping by, Colleen - glad to hear you have
organised clutter too!
(Anna Sugden 5:29pm March 5, 2014)

Aha, we have a lone tidy person, L Lam! Good to see someone
from the other side! ;)
(Anna Sugden 5:30pm March 5, 2014)

I always have some clutter, but I try to keep under some control.
(Carol Woodruff 7:20pm March 6, 2014)

Lol. My nickname is Suzy cyclone. Certain things for me must
be organized. My desk, where bills are paid and budget is
done, must be clean. My room, forget it. Thank goodness my
husband is ok with it.
(Suzy F. 9:33pm March 7, 2014)

My clutter is pretty organized. Thanks for the giveaway.
(Kathleen Beale 8:53am March 8, 2014)

I think creative minds operate best with a bit of clutter.
Yet they know where the important pieces of information and
stuff is. My most productive time is when I have a lot going
on and time is getting close.
(Alyson Widen 5:25pm March 14, 2014)

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