I’ve been ignoring my office at home for about seven months.
The desk got all piled up with books, papers, DVDs, cards from the kids and mail. The corpse of my iPhone 4 is still laying there.
I’m out of shelf space so I’ve got little piles of books near the shelves and even a stack of books or two at the foot of my desk.
And old, broken-down video baby monitor holds down a spot near the door, with its cord and AC adapter stretching out behind it like a tail.
The room just cries out: neglect.
Last night I grabbed a big black trash bag and I assaulted my office.
I went through every pile on my desk and junked the things I didn’t need. I cleaned out my filing bins and stored away things from the top of my desk I’d neglected to file away.
I looked through each bookshelf and each stack of books to see what I needed to keep.
And get this: I threw away a bunch of books.
That sounds crazy, right?
Aren’t you supposed to keep books or pass them on or take them to the used book store?
Isn’t throwing away a book kinda like kicking a kitten?
If the book means something to you, yes.
But I threw away a bunch of books that were just crap. The books I threw away I hadn’t bought, hadn’t read, and couldn’t picture myself reading. So off you go.
I get hung up way too often thinking about what I should do about something that I end up getting stuck having never done anything.
I should take these books to the used book store. Or I should take these books and put them on the back table in our Sunday School classroom to see if anyone wants them. Or I should post a picture of them to Facebook to see if anyone wants them.
And then I never find time to do any of those things, so the books sit.
So guess what?
Throw the books away and the problem is solved.
Anyway, that was a bit of a tangent about how I got rid of a few books last night.
By the time I went to bed last night, I could see vast expanses of my desk. I’m not done getting this office whipped into shape but I’m on my way.
I’m writing this post from my desk, which is a place I haven’t wanted to sit in a long time.