Okay. This is me on one of my better days, after spending an hour cleaning up the office. Still a bit of clutter on the desk, but nothing like the dozens of notes previously taped to the cabinet on the left, or covering every inch of space to my right. Not bad for me, if I do say so myself.
My husband shakes his head every time he wanders into my office. I keep the rest of the house relatively neat and clean, but this is MY PERSONAL SPACE, a place where 'to do' lists vie for attention with works in progress, promo reminders, notes on research, and every other imaginable thing a writer accumulates while trying to pen that next best seller book. Yes, it all looks rather disorganized, but I can put my finger on any needed item at any needed time.
At least, most of the time I can. Oh, sure. A few things get lost along the way, but give me time -- an hour...or two...or three -- and I can usually find what I'm looking for. And if I can't find it, did I really need it?? Of course not! If it was truly important, I wouldn't have lost it in the first place!
Anyway, that's my rationale, and I'm sticking to it. Now, how about you? Is your motto "A place for everything, and everything in its place"? Or like me, do you squirrel away notes and reminders in little cubby holes in your desk, and tape them up on handy spots like doors and bulletin boards and even windows when you run out of other space?
Send me an email telling me whether you're neat or disorderly, organized or disorganized, when it comes to your workspace, and why that's right for you. And if you'd like, include a picture of your personal workspace with your message. I'll post some of the best excuses...I mean, reasons...for why you keep your workspace as you do right here on my blog.
Not only that, but I'll send a copy of my latest book, THE RUNE STONE MURDERS, to the five people who submit the most creative explanations or most fascinating pictures.
Write to me at email@example.com . What do you have to lose? Wouldn't YOU like a free book??