The garden, the blackberries and the grapes are starting to wind down, so today I did some much needed cleaning up and organizing in my writing room.
Did I say writing room? I don't really have a writing room. I wish I did.
Years ago, we converted our one car garage into a family room. That is where I write.
My housework has really taken a back seat during these busy summer months - a very back seat.
Piles of books were in the floor (even after getting rid of lots of them at my yard sale).
Piles of papers were everywhere - handouts from the Writer's conference we had in June, edited manuscripts with scribblings all over them, copies of the Children's Writer Newsletters and the Children's Book Insider Newsletters were found hiding here and there and printed submission guidelines were scattered about.
Piles of stuff filled the rocking chair seat.
After working all day. . .
The rocking chair is empty, books are removed from the floor in front of the Lazy Boy and I can put my feet up without knocking over a pile of books. The computer desk where my husband sits has been cleared of piles of papers.
I have filled folders and small ring binders titled Submissions, Works in Progress, Family History Story, Children's Writing Newsletters, Published Stories and Articles and Critiques. I already had these files and binders, I had just not kept up with putting the papers in them and I had forgot about having the folders.
I found stories and poems I was working on in my Works in Progress folder that I had forgotten I had written. Now I know exactly where they are and I can finish them.
It is a relief to have this done. The floor is vacuumed and we can walk without tripping over things and - I know where everything is.
But life goes on and tomorrow it is back to painting our storage building/workshop.
I offer a few words of advice. Don't let your office get this messy!