How To Get Your Office Tidy…Fast

Hi All,

Gorgeous weather here in San Francisco – I actually spent the day on the beach yesterday.  I do love you California.  You may be bankrupt but you are delivering with the sunshine.

So here we are today…quite far into today actually.

I had a completely free morning which I had planned to devote entirely to getting my taxes sorted out.  Nothing was going to get between me and my taxes.

I was going to blitz them in a head on sort of fashion and then be able to eat my lunch with a pleasing just-been-to-the-gym sort of smugness.

Now, one and a half hours later, I have come to the conclusion that if you want to get something done to the house, you should certainly plan on doing your taxes.

You see, as I was trying to find all the relevant bits of paper and receipts, I suddenly discovered that my office was a total mess and I needed to attend to it right away.  There wasn’t a moment to lose.

The desk needed clearing…

The family pictures needed straightening…

The shelves needed sprucing…

All the books color coded…

And the cushions plumped…

And admired…

Now if Amy Chua of ‘Tiger Moth’ fame had been my mum, such blatant prevarication would not have been tolerated.  I would instead have been entirely disciplined, dealt with the task at hand in a decisive and determined manner and then gone on a five mile run.

But imagine such a life…

I mean…no one could be that perfect.  It would be too exhausting.

The reality is that some of my best work is done when I really should be doing something else.  I think it’s because the work you do while evading a job is fueled with an underlying sense of guilt, denial and urgency – a sweet trio that can really add focus to a task.

So my own personal theory is that prevarication is really quite productive – just with a different job…usually a more appealing one…slightly lower down on the list.

And now, while my taxes are still waiting patiently to be done…

I do at least have a really tidy office.

More from me very soon, I’m off to clean the gutters.

See you then,


p.s. tell me I am not alone…

p.p.s.  Welcome to those from A Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesday

About Ros

My name is Ros Wyatt and I live across the bay from San Francisco. I moved here from England fifteen years ago with my husband, two children and a dog. Since then I have had added one more child to the line up and work as a painting contractor, color consultant, blogger, and screen printer.
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12 Responses to How To Get Your Office Tidy…Fast

  1. Tracey says:

    You speak to my heart, dear Ros. I love your posts and your photos.

  2. Becky Conekin says:

    FAB, as ever! on many levels! xx b

  3. Please come over and organize MY office, Ros. It’s basically one big pile on top of another big pile. I’ve pretty much stopped going in there…

  4. admin says:

    Thank you Tracey!

  5. Kristen says:

    Oh, your home is lovely! Taxes can wait. 🙂

  6. admin says:

    Hi Kristen, Thanks so much. I just had a good look at your blog and it is beautiful. You make wonderful things. I have just added you to my blogroll. Just beginning to figure out how all of this works!

  7. Celeste says:


  8. Russell says:

    Roz, how true this rings! You are sooo not alone. I too struggle with such things, as my wife will attest. However, I somehow cannot get the “tidy” bug off the “very top” of my list! (Taxes are a close second, undeniably) Any tips? I would love to have a desk like yours (Gesi would love it too!).

    I do enjoy your blog for its truth, light and clarity. The images are simple, yet compelling and beautiful!

  9. admin says:

    Thank you Russell, it is good to get a mans perspective on these things xx

  10. admin says:

    Thanks Celeste – I saw they posted the Apartment therapy piece again – all good!

  11. admin says:

    But somehow still managing to be super productive!

  12. admin says:

    Thanks Becky and for putting it up on FBxx

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