My office is a mess. No matter how hard I try to keep it neat and organized, it always reverts to looking like it’s been recently raided. Little pieces of paper with websites links or to-do-lists seem to multiply like sex-crazed rabbits every time I turn my back.

I’ve tried to find a place to keep all the stuff I think is too important to throw away, but I must admit I’m fighting a battle I can’t win. Some days when I settle in to do some writing I end up trying to find the top of the desk.  My closet and kitchen cabinets suffer from the same predicament. The other day I opened a cabinet and a swarm of plastic containers that I bought to hold Thanksgiving leftovers tumbled out. When a large lid thumped me on the head, I realized that all this stuff was holding me back, like walking through waist-high water with weights in my shoes. I was trying to claw my way to greatness with all of yesterday’s baggage in tow.

Is clutter stifling my creativity? Is clutter stifling my ability to mine that little nugget of gold that unquestionably belongs to me?  Can the things I think I need to write the Great American Novel keep me from writing the Great American novel? Almost every great philosopher has a quote about clutter. But no one has actually told me what to do with this stuff. I’m sure as soon as I throw something away, I’ll need it. If I can’t find that little piece of paper, I’ll never settle on a satisfying ending for my manuscript. The minute I clean out my closet that leather skirt will come back in style. How about you, is clutter keeping you from something?


  1. Friends come and go….but never, never put them in the clutter folder. The best one are always there even when they don’t see or talk to each other often. Know that you are loved and that you’re not on the back burner or in the clutter folder. Love you much. “J”

    • jackikelly says:

      JCC, you are so right. Good friends should never end up in the clutter folder. Good friends are like treasures, always hold them near and dear.

  2. I wish I could blink my eyes (like Bewitched) and all the clutter in my life disappear. I think God gave us the ability to create clutter so we will learn to straighten or rather smooth out the things in our life that doesn’t belong. I have way too many clothes and shoes. It pains me to even think about throwing anything away. One of my BFF’s told me if you haven’t worn it in two years, you need to get rid of it. My head heard her but my heart rebelled. I’m a work in process! I hope to get to that point…soon.
    In reference to the note about good friends, they are people who are treasures in my life. Friendship is something you nourish like you do your children. Friendship is precious and important to me. But, I believe to have good friendships both sides need to want it and also deposit something into it. Friendships should never be one-sided. If that is the case, than it definitely can’t be called true friendship.

    • jackikelly says:

      Renee, I tried the Bewitched thing and blinked at the clutter, instead of disappearing it mulriplied. I guess nothing beat good old hard work. Let’s get busy.

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