'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Messy Pup

My baby girl turns 21 next week and I am putting on a party for her. To this end I've been trying to tidy my very messy house in case the weather is inclement (I love that word) and we have to use the house instead of the garden. Theoretically I need to go from this way of thinking...

...to this.

But the problem is, whenever I put everything out of sight, in drawers, cupboards or folders etc, I seem to have a total mind-wipe, and the object completely disappears from my memory.
I often open boxes and discover things I had forgotten I ever owned. I certainly never use them.
I guess I just have to have a house where it all hangs out.


  1. Lol, I think we may be living parallel lives!

  2. I'm with you there. Out of sight ,out of mind.... and when the mind is beginning to have its share of "Senior moments " !!!!

  3. Essentially life is not so much a struggle between good and evil, peace and war, hope or hopelessness - it's more of a battle between order and chaos and though we might imagine that order is a goal worth striving for, actually chaos is probably more interesting and more closely resembles the human spirit. After all, we're not robots. Having met your charming daughter - the lovely Miss N., I hope she has a smashing 21st birthday party.

  4. Yes, Emma! Post-snap! (Is there such a thing?)

    Helsie... You're right, there is an element of age-related forgetfulness creeping in there.

    YP - Your comment echoes a 'zen' blog I stumbled upon in my successful effort (you can always find SOMEONE who agrees with you somewhere on the net) to reassure myself that 'all out' is a valid organisational style. I was delighted to find my house is a zen house. Well, it would be if I had a lot less stuff, anyway.
    And thank you for your wishes. I will pass them on, but will emphasise the adjective is metaphorical.

  5. How did you get a picture of my desk?????

    I hate filing - until I want to find something and then it is hard if it is in a pile - or my daughter tidies up and it is gone forever!

  6. Yes Fi... files are sensible...theoretically. I have a filing cabinet that is chockka - BUT! there is ONE file I use regularly: The 'handbooks and manuals'. The entire rest could all be burnt, really.

  7. I quote from a Facebook comment by a friend last night:

    Word of warning. All those piles of papers teatering on the edge of a kitchen surface, dining room dresser, office shelf, book case, bedside table, laundry room surface or porch window sill leave them where they are. Don't do what I had been meaning to do for nearly two years and tidy them away. Can't find what I'm looking for now. In some of those piles were papers that I needed and always knew where I could lay my hands on them at a moments notice. I may have cursed their very existence everytime they may an unscheduled avalanche across the kitchen when frineds visited or as I ran from the house on a school run flutterng liked autumn leaves infront of the puppy who thought it was so wonderful game. DON'T file them away especially when you haven't a tried a tested filing system. Raging like a bull. Need to find those papers.

    Need I say more?

  8. I love this description! Am still laughing.

  9. Have just looked at the met report... looks like it's gonna rain. Bah.

  10. I'm with you 100% on this one. Scientifically too, we could always say there's a certain order in chaos. My desk, office (some may call it that) and house certainly resemble the first image, which is the one I'll be copying onto my blog - if I can find it.

  11. Ah. Good. I admire you, so I must be OK.
    You could just copy and paste mine. It has the attribution on it.