I am realizing that there is some irony in the fact that I make my living organizing things, but when it comes to my house, I'm hopeless. If only Melvil Dewey had invented an organizational scheme for household items! I know there are catalogers out there that spend their home time alphabetizing spices (the topic comes up often in our listservs), but I am not that kind of cataloger. My spices are on their own in the cabinets, and I would say I have a good, working kitchen. But these are not the things with which I struggle. My battle is with all the other stuff in the house. The stuff stuff that usually has no practical purpose unlike most of the things found in the kitchen.
There is one exception to this in our kitchen: the phone corner. It's been a constant struggle in our house.
So this morning, I decided to attack this corner once and for all (yeah, right!). I started shortly after 10 am, put in my new Francesca Battistelli CD (her "This is the stuff" seemed particularly apropos), and got to work with the knowledge that I had a phone meeting at 11. Forty or so minutes later, we have this: