cleaning off my desk again

Clearing off my desk again

I have had a rough couple of months and have not kept up here.  I am struggling to improve my parenting skills and my housekeeping skills both at the same time.  I know, it’s crazy.  I have been watching decluttering videos on Youtube for inspiration and it is helping.  Today I got my desk cleared.  Again.  This seems like a never ending battle as everything that either doesn’t have a home or has a home but no one feels like putting it there, gets plopped on my desk, making it my problem now.  And I admit, a lot of this stuff was put here with my own hands.  So today’s post is simply a list of all the stuff I found on my desk.  Now mind you, the computer keyboard is broken, so I have to use a USB keyboard, and the computer overheats fairly easily, so it sits up on a cookie rack to improve air flow beneath it.  But all this stuff was stifling it from the sides.  As you can see, it looks ready to fall off the side.  Ready?

  • Bag of shopping bags
  • Shea butter
  • quilt design paper
  • notebook being used as writing/drawing surface
  • torn up T-shirt being saved for a rag rug (i have at least gotten the seams cut off of it)
  • Christmas stocking
  • electric Christmas candle
  • Wooly bullies (small balls of roving used for felting)
  • measuring tape
  • stuffed horse
  • crochet hat
  • teething ring (youngest is 6 years old)
  • fabric block (another baby toy)
  • Roku remote
  • shoe laces
  • mortgage statement
  • letter from the high school
  • Spoonflower catalog
  • safe driving brochure (two teenagers learning to drive)
  • appointment info
  • medical statement
  • Girl Scout meeting schedule
  • completed homework
  • list of papers to print out for my brother
  • receipt for chicken scratch
  • empty sheet protector x 2
  • child’s sock
  • knitting project
  • 2 broken charger cords
  • 18th C. cap
  • 2 rubber grippers
  • daughter’s wedding garter (wedding never happened)
  • cat toy mouse
  • headband
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • postcard from Little A when she went on vacation with her grandparents
  • diaper cover
  • book: My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Letter from electric company
  • letter from dental insurance
  • swimming pass to YMCA
  • newspaper
  • DVD yearbook of Little A’s preschool class
  • 2-week calendar printout from family meeting
  • school activity flyer
  • kids’ marathon instructions
  • Girl Scout Fall product fundraising package x 2
  • knitting chart for finished shawl
  • notes from family meeting
  • school picture order forms
  • framed picture
  • unused trash bag
  • seed beads
  • cotton balls
  • library books: Clifford’s Scary Halloween and Clifford, We Love You
  • infant mitten
  • school flyer
  • Scholastic book order form
  • parenting class notes
  • JoAnn coupon book
  • school newsletter
  • food chopper user manual
  • spelling homework
  • pantry remodel design
  • coloring book
  • luncheon invitation
  • book: Silverlake Fairy School: Ready to Fly
  • stuffed bear with eyes chewed out by dog
  • stuffed platypus with eyes chewed out by dog
  • ~ ¾ of a square foot of yellow denim
  • DVD: Fellowship Of The Ring
  • My underwear
  • Little A’s bikini top (3 sizes too small)
  • Two different years of The Chicken Cookbook from the National Chicken Cooking Contest
  • knitting needle sleeve
  • deodorant for my son that he didn’t like
  • binder page protectors
  • Pressure canner instruction book
  • calculator
  • reticule
  • post it notes
  • walking elephants bookmark (3D effect)
  • yarn label x 2
  • brochure for handmade colonial shoes
  • embroidery floss
  • Broken interchangeable needle cord
  • fake daisy leftover from decorating hats at Little A’s tea party in June
  • Badger Balm (3 varieties, plus one empty tin)
  • knitting sampler from yarn tasting
  • antibiotic ointment
  • Christmas card
  • grocery receipts x 8
  • bookstore receipts
  • coloring page from church
  • order of service from church
  • promotional debt letter (“Spend money you don’t have anknitting sampler  +d we’ll only charge you 10% interest!”)
  • notepad that used to be used to track mileage
  • soccer mouth guard instructions
  • random piece of plastic wrapping
  • paper napkin
  • piece of muslin (maybe was a gore to an unfinished shift?)
  • partially finished band for hand stitched 18th C. cap, needle still attached
  • Velcro strap that dog chewed off of sneaker
  • honey stick (Little A promptly ate it)
  • stocking (as in hosiery, not Christmas)
  • Girl Scout program mailing
  • toy cell phone
  • silk flower petals from a wedding that never happened
  • linen embroidery practice piece in hoop (no needle found)
  • stitch marker wrapper
  • “Shift” key
  • “Ctrl” key
  • laminated photo paper doll of Little A
  • chewed up insole
  • tiny ball of acrylic yarn
  • empty scotch tape dispenser
  • used up check duplicates
  • Mad Libs
  • knitting chart from another project
  • May mortgage statement
  • Bomb speaker? I don’t know exactly what this funny guy is.
  • Highlighter
  • pencil can with two dry erase markers (Actually belongs on the desk)
  • 3 pencils
  • crochet hook (that accidentally came home with me from Maryland, sorry!)
  • clothespin
  • book: The Horary Textbook (mine is original edition)
  • safety pin
  • paper clip
  • 2 bobby pins
  • piece of wood with two nails in it
  • 3 hair ties
  • barrette
  • playing card (Joker)
  • 2 pennies (I’m rich!!!!)
  • pebble
  • button to Little A’s sweater
  • granola bar wrapper
  • Girl Scout badges
  • “it” card (just a squarish piece of paper with IT written on it)
  • multiplication flash card
  • microchip tag
  • bottle cap
  • box cutter
  • Christmas stickers (yes, I do know that Christmas is long past)
  • random taupe button
  • friend’s business card
  • 2 colored pencils
  • tear off strip from box of breakfast sausage
  • random red button
  • construction sketch for chicken gate
  • lint
  • glue stickers
  • cancelled credit card
  • dead leaf
  • appointment card
  • yarn label
  • Badger baby balm
  • expired book of coupons for food co-op
  • eraser
  • broken piece of some basket
  • 2” of wax paper
  • pen
  • wet erase marker
  • down feather from a chicken (probably came in on an egg)
  • small chunk of wax
  • flower seed head
  • broken toothpick
  • tickler file

So that is all that was on the desk in the before picture.  Now I can clearly see the scribbled and carved graffiti that my kids wrote on my desk declaring whom they love, but broke up with over two years ago.  And my daughter just brought me a handful of mail saying she was too lazy to take it up to her sister and wanted me to put it on my desk!

What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?

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