I’m Back — hopefully — maybe?

Carol, Eleanor, Ben — I hope you haven’t given up on me. It’s been a long time since my last blog post in August and it’s been a hard  six months.

After my back injury  seemed to be better I had only a few months of working on catching up on all the chores and projects that  had been left undone during the previous two months. Then seasonal illnesses hit, right during the holiday season. I had a lower respiratory virus from Thanksgiving to Christmas, was recovering from that and got hit by an upper respiratory virus for the next month, culminating in a sinus infection.

I hate being sick — who doesn’t?  It’s been many years since I’ve actually had to deal with a cold or any other type of illness that wiped me out like these did. It wasn’t the flu — no aches and pains — but it absolutely sapped my energy. I don’t know about you, but when my head is all stuffed up my brain doesn’t work very well. Keeping up with the necessities is difficult and creativity is impossible. Being determined to put an end to being ill I steadfastly refused to go anywhere there were a lot of people, except for the grocery store. Those forays were a necessity and I used copious amounts of hand sanitizer as soon as I got back to my vehicle. Sanitizer and prayer seem to have worked.  Now I just have to beware of family members who want to be generous and share THEIR germs with me.

But enough about all that.  I am now working on getting back up to my former level of energy and grubbing out the built-up dust and clutter. Hubby and I deep cleaned our family room yesterday and the next project will be turning the breakfast nook  (currently our office) into a room for our dogs and moving the office into half of our large family room. A big project to be sure.

I’ve written about my office in previous posts. I’m ashamed to say I’ve made only minor progress to organizing it just to see it get recluttered during repeated flurries of activities and projects.  I’m great at organizing. What I can’t seem to do is get an extended period of time — days, maybe weeks, uninterrupted — where I don’t have to quit and take care of some other responsibility or another. Once my organization efforts get stopped I have a very difficult time picking up where I left off. My brain just doesn’t seem to want to go there.  Add to that the fact that the process of a major organization always includes days of extreme disorganization as I pile stuff into categories temporarily before it gets to it’s final destination.

Then there’s the minutiae. By the time  I get to the miscellaneous papers and items I’m tired of making decisions and my brain is fried. The minutiae is the items that need to be kept but don’t fit neatly into any specific category. The minutiae is the stuff that seems to end up in filing trays and small boxes and becomes a new pile of clutter. Does anybody out there have an idea regarding dealing with the miscellaneous odds and ends when the trash can isn’t an option?

Oh, the good news. During one of my brief periods of recovery I got a brain storm for a new story. Hooray!


About torimcrae

Tori is a good writer aspiring to be a great writer. The mother of four adult kids she is currently pursuing postponed dreams. She enjoys her grandkids, traveling with hubby, spinning fiber, weaving, and raising Shih Tzus. Currently Tori posts to this blog on Mondays and Fridays.
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6 Responses to I’m Back — hopefully — maybe?

  1. christicorbett says:


    If I wouldn’t have been a writer I would have been a professional organizer. Anytime you want some help with that office I’d be more than happy to pop over and give some thoughts/help you out.

    Love me some organizing!

    Christi Corbett

    • torimcrae says:

      Thanks, Christi, for your offer. I don’t have so much trouble with knowing how to organize. Its more a matter of having a long enough stretch of uninterupted time to get it done. I have trouble picking up both the motivation to do it and the thread of where I left off when I have to leave the task to take care of something else(usually for days). Vickie


  2. Glad to see you back. Take care! 🙂

  3. Carol says:

    But you know I have to ask… have you finished the previous story? The secret of success, whether in cleaning the office or writing a book, is to actually finish the job. 😉 That’s mean of me, isn’t it? I should have started out by welcoming you back. I’m glad you’re here and I’m glad you’re finally feeling better. What a long siege you’ve endured!

    But back to that clutter… how about buying a half dozen decorative file boxes (or however many it will take — consider it an investment in your sanity)? Scoop absolutely everything off your office surfaces into them and pile them artistically in a corner. Paper in one, books in one, knick-knacks and odds ‘n ends that don’t belong in the room in another, etc. Don’t sort; just toss and plop the covers back on the boxes. You’d be surprised how much better you’ll feel by not seeing any of it. And later you can tackle sorting one box at a time whenever the de-clutter bug hits you.

    Of course, *staying* uncluttered is the real dilemma!

    • torimcrae says:

      Hi Carol, Thanks for your advise. I kind of did what you suggested. Everything went into boxes and the whole office got moved! Starting from scratch I’ve been putting back the most important stuff working toward the less important. When the office won’t hold anymore I’ll either store what I don’t want to part with and give away, recycle or trash the rest. Papers will be sorted through and put into filing drawers or the trash. When I get some pictures I plan on doing a blog post. The camera is broken right now so it will have to wait until I get a new one or my daughter visits with hers.

  4. nelinor says:

    So good to see you back. I don’t have a word to offer re the clutter as I find I will do it at the right time. Just keep in mind it’s healthy!! I set myself a challenge to post everyday this week starting tonight. Take a look for me

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