I think Laura has had me watching too many of those home improvement shows. Last night I dreamed that we had bought a small house near Furman for her to use while she is on sabbatical this year. There were holes in the walls and problems everywhere, and we were trying to get the In a Fix team to come repair everything. Furthermore, the Clean Sweep crew was on hand to try to organize and clean out our refrigerator. I never knew one could collect so much cheese.
Dreams aside, I am keenly ashamed of my lack of organization. I have always had a fascination with office supply stores, partly in the vain hope that if I could just get enough file folders, labels, and boxes my life might somehow come together. Of course, these things only contribute to the clutter. However, when I watch shows like Clean Sweep and it’s BBC counterpart, Life Laundry, I don’t feel so bad. These people have REAL organizational issues, to the point that it affects their marriage, work, and life. My concern is that after the crews come in and do a whirlwind changeup of the victim’s houses, how long is it before those places are right back in the same mess? Are attitiudes and behaviours really changed? Somehow I don’t think so.
Since it is Labor Day weekend, my labor is to pull a clean sweep on my office, specifically the closet. It’s chock full of said office supplies, various cables, music, electronic gear, and a plastic sword. So far I’ve managed to pull it all out into the middle of the room so that the place does look like one of the hapless souls on TV. I’ve got a picture here, and hopefully will be able to post an "after" shot by mid-week.