JAQUISH: Pondering with P.J.

Excuse me if I sound a bit grumpy. I have started to clean my home office. I don’t mean chasing the dust around the desk tops, I mean, hard core, to the bottom of each file drawer, sorting and cleaning.

I do this once a year, needed or not, but I’m not making much progress. I am so easily distracted. I have so many memories to sift through. If I could have held a job for any length of time, I wouldn’t have near the stuff to look through.

I have friends who would be having palpitations if they should walk into my office right now.

You know the type, little Suzy Homemakers … a place for everything and everything in its place.

I’m sorry I just don’t work that way. I need to SEE my stuff. Out of sight is definitely out of mind for me, never to be found again! I have a system, but to other people it just doesn’t look like it’s working.

I file important papers and I apparently file a lot of unimportant papers. It appears I really like paper! I can’t bring myself to just throw away anything on the printed page without graveconsequences. If I do finally give up the ghost and toss it into the recycle bag, a week later I am a wreck digging through the numerous bags trying to find what I threw away because I really need it now. Note: I throw things into recycle bags … but I wait the legal seven year period before I actually take it to be recycled.

Now, I’ve been told by some far wiser than myself that a computer, when used properly, will store almost everything I think I need to save.

1. A good deal of the paper I have printed is because of something I saw on the internet and knew I’d never find again, so I printed it.

2. Even though the “far wiser” said I could “save” it on the computer, I have little confidence of ever remembering where that might be and I would spend a great deal of time searching … much like going through the bags of paper I spoke of earlier.

3. I will keep my present system or the lack thereof.

My office has many shelves, file cabinets, desks, benches, chairs, and small tables. And, most of my “stuff” is on them. I find file racks located on top of something is far easier to access than bending over to pull out a bottom file drawer. I use that drawer to hold the 72 yards of cords I’ve collected from three computers, four printers, and half dozen phones. Haven’t ever needed them, but should the opportunity arise, I’m ready!

My wall space is used very efficiently. I have one of those fancy marker boards that I can color code important events … which reminds me, everything on there is 2011. My bulletin board is a real crowd pleaser with a note “I love you grandma” … that will never come down! It also holds expired auto proof of insurance certificates, minutes of a board meeting from three years ago, and, written in bold letters: GO ON DIET — DR. APPOINTMENT APRIL 9! The date had been scratched out and rewritten several times.

I’m thinking if I just tidy things up a bit I won’t have to actually throw anything away. Many of these things tell of my life’s work which to some would show a comedy and others a horror story. When the day comes that I leave this world, I feel what I leave behind in my office will be a testimony of my life. It will show … you know, I don’t have time to be sitting here writing this, I have to clean my office!

As Usual, PJ

Author of “Uncommon Sense”

Pj646@centurytel.net

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Pauline Jaquish is the author of “Uncommon Sense.” You can reach her at Pj646@centurytel.net.

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