I have a problem.
My wife told me about a recent Oprah show; I don't know that she saw it, but she must have caught a glimpse of the home of the "hoarder" that was Oprah's guest. This was a woman who must be a lot like me. I can't throw anything away.
Nor can I PUT anything away. I must leave it out just in case I need it...14 years from now.
I spoke with my secretary today, and next week I've committed to cleaning my office.
I actually put it in print, and now both of my readers can hold me accountable as well.
Being a climate-controlled room--as opposed to my nasty garage which will always be either too hot or too cold to work in and clean--my office is a room I can go ahead and do some spring cleaning in even if the weather outside is frightful. So I'll have no excuse not to get this done some day next week.
A few of the things that may or may not survive the purge (either to be trashed or transplanted some place else):
*Scarecrows and other decorations from our church's pumpkin patch
*A giant bottle of vinegar
*Two briefcases with combinations that no one knows
*A box of rubber gloves
*Junk mail from 2003
*A tin of wheat rolls from Christmas (now I'll probably keep these, because it's kind of a practical joke of sorts. I'm sure I'm not the only one who understands this, right?)
*A pirate treasure chest or two
*A microphone stand
*12 basketball uniforms
*5 sample carpet squares
*10 bamboo sticks, about 5 feet long
*A guitar I haven't played for 2 years
*A pirate costume
*2 giant latex aprons from a science lab
*A large tupperware cake box
*A collapsible soccer goal
*A power drill
*A deflated mylar birthday balloon from last year
I don't know. Now that I scan the office and notice all of these things, I really don't know that I can get rid of any of it. Maybe it all just needs to be organized better.