Clean Desk: No. 12 of 40 Forts

Clean Desk: No. 12 of 40 Forts

Clean Desk: No. 12 of 40 Forts

Tuesday, I just couldn’t bear to look at my office space any more. It was a far cry from what it looked like in April when I sat it up as part of my nesting rampage. Plus I had a stack of supplies and tools that I was carrying around to create my forts each night before bed. So I broke down and tossed a few things, created a give-away stack and filled a bag with items for the studio. Then I repacked the small hanging file tote I had bought during my breast pumping stage. I am no longer tethered to the couch for twenty minute stretches several times a day. Hallelujah!

She recreated her work space to actually meet her needs.

She recreated her work space to actually meet her needs.

Now that I have cleaned out that one space, I feel compelled to clean out more. My mom says that I am always organizing. I could have won an Olympic medal if nesting was a sport. I cleaned out every bit of our condo prior to Lucy, except for the kitchen, the bathroom and my sock drawer. I have since cleaned out the bathroom and decided that it’s better to wait until after the baby is in full bathing mode before tackling that space. Still no such luck on my sock drawer and I desperately needed it.

It has been great to go through this Lenten exercise and get a better understanding of who I am now, what I am releasing and knowing if what surrounds me still serves me. If not, I am ready to let it go. All of a sudden less feels so much better.

top view of a clean desk

top view of a clean desk

So now I have a new workspace where I could actually put my hands on a piece of vellum in about five seconds. (I had no idea I had any here!) Plus I can walk around taking my supplies with me without them falling everywhere. I guess that means spring cleaning is right around the corner.


This paper sculpture, roughly the size of a coffee cup, is one of forty forts I created during Lent 2010 as a creative exercise and spiritual exploration.

Read about all of the Forty Forts.

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