Friday, October 8, 2010

On Thursday I meant to...

...catch up on my e-mails, plant some lettuce in the garden, clean the bathrooms, watch TV, finish a Greg Iles book I've been reading, make a great dinner, write a few chapters about Pearl AND call some friends.

Instead I cleaned my office and the bookshelves in our little library from 7 am until 3 pm.

During that time I didn't even get dressed. I just sorted and hauled and cleaned and cursed (who made that mess anyway) and organized and cleaned some more.

And when I was done I ended up with such a clean office/craft area that I thought I'd actually show you pictures.

I'm not a decorator as you shall see, but I love my house and we live in every bit of it!

So...with no further apologizing for not being one of those perfectly coordinated gorgeous house decorating blogs...





See how tidy it looks with the curtain closed. There used to be a closet door on there but it always fell off and none of our sons took my nagging hints to repair it so I took it down and threw it away. Yea. That'll teach 'em for ignoring their poor, old, construction-handicapped Mom.






And see all the perfectly clean book shelves? You can even pick up a book now without a big pile of dust falling on your head. Go me!



And just to make up for the fact that I didn't visit your blog, e-mail you OR read your Alphabe-Thursday link I will leave you with a few Autumn jokes to make up for that inconvenience.

Q: What did one autumn leaf say to another?
A: I'm falling for you.

Q: How do you fix a broken pumpkin?
A: With a pumpkin patch

Q: What's the ratio of a pumpkin's circumference to its diameter?
A: Pumpkin Pi

Ha.

HA!

ha?

You liked the jokes right? And the little tour? And you were totally impressed with my organization skills, I could tell.

Now the trick is for me not to actually work at my desk or make anything from my craft closet.

Sigh...

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38 comments:

Tracy said...

Wow I have a reward for you. Seriously no joke . I am willing to offer you accomodation and food in my totally disorganised house. This will serve two purposes 1 your place will stay tidy and 2 my place will get tidy and you get to vist Shropshire see a win win situation.

Ok you would need your air fare and you can use PC to continue blogging .

Great job love it

J. Kwiatkowski said...

I like it. Perfectly clean and functional. All ready for you to get to work!

Brenda said...

What a great work area. Large but it still looks cozy. If your work area was anything like mine can get you needed every minutes of that time to get it back together. I love the jokes. Those are my favorite kind because I get them. I probably already told you that in the past.

Cheryl said...

The glasses sitting on the table are a nice tough. Makes you seem brainy.

noexcuses said...

I am totally impressed with your talents! Can you come over one day next week?

It's a great feeling to get organized, isn't it? I dream of it every day!

Love the pictures!

Theresa said...

Hi Jen! Looking Good Girl! I can relate with your hours of cleaning - organizing. I did just that the other day- hauling, tossing, reminiscing, trying to figure out why the heck I had SO many organizing totes that were empty...sheesh - then had to mess everything up again to make room for a replacement window install.
P.S. There may still be piles of dust that fall on my head when retrieving a book;)

Wanda..... said...

Looks great to me, Jenny. I removed the doors from a double closet and put in shelves too and your book shelves have the same design as ones in my livingroom! Your rooms are very warm and inviting!

mle said...

A clean & organized room gives you such a sense of accomplishment, doesn't it?! Yay
have a great weekend : )

Debbie said...

That is such a good feeling Jenny to clean up and organize yourself. Looking good, I bet you can think a whole lot easier in there now:) Have a great weekend. Debbie

Deb said...

good job Jenny..your office looks great....

Jocelyn said...

The office looks Fabulous and good for you!!! Nothing better than to clean and organize!!

Want to come help me!!!!!

Loved the jokes...I will passing these along to Evan!!!

Have a great weekend sweet friend!!!

Meri Wiley said...

Hey Girlfriend,

I miss you! The office looks great, but I thought that was Mr. Jenny's room???? I thought your room was further down the hall. I must be all messed up, cause your house is so big, and I got lost in it. If anyone reads my comment; Ms. Jenny's house is gorgeous, huge, and very fun! My favorite space in your house is your den, cause I looked through all your books.......I love doing that, and you have a bay window in there, too, so cute and comfy!

Hey you haven't finished giving me all the christmas presents list. I've only got for 7 people. Are there more, or is that it?

Love ya'
Meri

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love that you keep it real! Your home is wonderful and now even tidier!! I am going to clean my book shelves when I get home, yes really. Of course I might forget between now and then :) It does feel good to clean I know!!

Jeanie said...

You are a super organizer. You may have gotten yourself in trouble though, with all the people asking for your help now. haha

Ames said...

I admire you energy! You MUST be feeling better!
SO, now if I can just back away from my desk, I might also be as productive as you have been..

Did I say I admire your energy??? :) ~Ames

Carol said...

Wanna come over to my house? I love seeing pictures of your house! You always have gorgeous ideas and wall colors! =)

Sue said...

Actually, I loved your jokes.

But not as much as I love that cozy little nook with the leather chair and quilt. I wish I lived close so I could drop by, sit in that chair. and pester you whilst you were trying to read and comment sagely and/or humorously on all of the Alphabe-Thursday and Saturday Centus posts.

;)

PS. I'll bet we would have some fun.

Terra said...

I am an excellent organizer when I should be doing other things! And the jokes, well...My kids will like them!

Pat Tillett said...

Looks pretty darn neat and organized to me. I have a room, but everybody else seems to have decided that it their "storage" room. So I bought a laptop and roam around the house, or outside the house with it, unitl I find a spot.

Holly said...

Love the jokes...and the tour!!!
That chair with the cozy quilt looks so inviting...I see a good read coming on!!!
Doesn't it feel good to get things in order??? Unfortunately I only get things in order. Then I don't want to mess it up again, so I do nothing. Pathetic!!

Viki said...

You did a great job. Now come over and do my books. They haven't been done in years lol. No, really your room looks so clean and organized.

seeker said...

Your office is very inviting! Can you come do mine next??? pleazzzzz!

Loved the jokes...I'm going to share them with my daughter after school...they are just her style:-)

TGIF!

Jo said...

lol ... love your organization skills ... i cant show my craft area right now cuz it is a disaster ... and hey ... doesnt it feel good just to look at it all clean ... even if you can never use it again ;)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Isn't it just a wonderful feeling when it is all done???
Looks great Jenny...now you can get your creative juices flowing again...all organized of course. :)

Anita said...

Please make me take a day and clean my office/fun room!

Good job!

And,I like the jokes and my kids do too.

EnJoy your weekend!

Drama Queen said...

Just what I need on a Friday - guilt! Because I'm not as organized as you are, and yet, I should be! Thanks for guilting me into cleaning my office. :)

edenhills said...

It's amazing how all that living can make a place so messy! Looks great now.

Teresa

Pixie said...

AWWW Looks very nice....wanna come over and help clean my pit....err I mean study LOL

The Words Crafter said...

You nailed it-the ultimate catch to good house cleaning. You can't ever touch or use or move anything. Ever.

I thought your jokes were rather funny, btw.

And I love your library/office, especially the great big windows. I love windows....

Country Dreaming said...

Love the room, the bookcase and
jokes!

Will be sharing the jokes with Mr.
Ken.


Melinda

myletterstoemily said...

i loved the tour and the jokes! your house
is just as warm, inviting, and intriguing as
you are!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Yes, all those things--jokes, tour, organization skills! Seriously, your space IS very impressively organized! How wonderful it would be to know where to actually find something!

Cheryl D. said...

I've been so busy, I haven't had a chance to read the blogs in my reader until now! Yikes!

Pondside said...

Oh Jenny - I have so much fun with the Pumpkin Pi joke!! The Great Dane and our daughter are math fiends and I GOT them!!! Thank you!

My name is PJ. said...

First of all, that's a huge undertaking for an energy- challenged gal! Yowza!

Love your space. My favorite part is the window! I'd be gazing out of it all the time.

And love your bookcase. I'm all about bookcases and books.

Thanks for having us over. It was wonderful to be invited into someone's 'unstaged' home for a change. I felt right comfy.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

That is truly bizarre! I'm not talking about the photos; your home looks lovely But what a 30-sentence story!
Be well, Jenny.
xoRobyn

Amy said...

Ha! I love the pumpkin pi joke. Easily amused is what they call me. And what a beautiful clean area you have. I love all your books and your reading chair! What bliss to just curl up in that clean and organized area and read. I hope you get some of that in... and not just blogs.

Melinda Cornish said...

it looks so homey and comfortable.....I will be right over. go put a cornish hen in the oven.....