I have spent the past couple of days moving stuff from my old desk to my new desk at work. (I am finally, officially in my new position as Customer Service Manager.)
Do you know how much crap you accumulate in nine years at an office job? Well, I’ve certainly been finding out. Yesterday, I brought home from work two big bags full of:
--t-shirts and socks (I exercise sometimes during lunch)
--several boxes of different herbal teas that I never think to drink at work (I prefer Vodka)
--several books that I’ve meant to read during lunch but never quite got around to it
--a couple of CD’s I’ve loaned to people and never brought home, and
--about 5000 packets of Sweet N Low (no, I have no idea how that much Sweet N Low ever got into my desk drawer in the first place).
It was pretty amazing to discover what I had in that desk. And in case you’re wondering (although I have no idea why you would), I also ditched about 5 wastebaskets/recycle bins full of crap. Among it was:
--a phone bill that I paid in 2003
--cough drops that were no longer in the wrapper
--several Q-tips scattered wildly about the drawer
--a restaurant menu from a deli that doesn’t serve salads (now why would I ever eat there?)
--a bottle of aspirin that expired in 2005, and
--a pack of extremely stale Big Red gum
Wow. Apparently I’m a slob at work. (Iwanski might tell you I’m a slob at home, too, but don’t believe him. He lies.) But I intend to be more organized from here on out! Because even though it took a while to get through all that stuff, it felt really good to clear out the clutter.
And now I’m so organized! Even though I’m really busy in my new job, it is still pretty great to look for something and actually find it in a LABELED basket or file folder! Wow, what a feeling!
But just check back with me in a couple of months. I’ll bet that I’ll have accumulated plenty more junk—and I’m sure that among that junk will be a couple thousand more packets of Sweet N Low.