Maggie Robinson

May 23
Clean and Fresh

I’ve whined about my computer problems for several weeks. I’m happy to say I’m typing on a sparkling new keyboard with a gigantic flatscreen in front of me. I took the old system down and put the whole new thing together in less than an hour, discovering in the process dustballs the size of a Robinson baby’s head— and Robinson babies had big heads.

The fresh computer inspired me to look at the rest of my writing/dressing room, which is a tiny third bedroom on the first floor of my house. This space is my sanctuary. There’s a twin bed I can lie down on to read or think or possibly nap if the thinking becomes tiresome. The closet is filled with my clothes. My dresser holds my wrinkled stuff. There are two tubular plastic stacking shelves that stack an odd assortment of essential things. Quite frankly, everything was a bit of a tip, as the English say.

So the other day, I sat on the floor surrounded by a pile of stuff. I found all my rejection letters. There weren’t as many as I remembered. A part of me wanted to chuck them, but instead I put them in a manila folder and hid them away in a plastic box in the closet. I collected my RWR magazines; the one with my name in it now has a sticky note. My keeper books are vertical and reach almost up to the ceiling. Envelopes and stamps and address labels are actually together and within reach. The plan is to celebrate Memorial Day by dragging the dead things out of my closet and cleaning that too.

Will this new-found organization help my writing? Probably not. But for a short while, I’m going to enjoy it. It can’t last.*g*

What’s your writing/reading space like? Do you keep everything you read? Did you spring clean?
Don’t cook. Don’t clean. No man will ever make love to a woman because she waxed the linoleum – “My God, the floor’s immaculate. Lie down, you hot bitch.” ~Joan Rivers

11 comments to “Clean and Fresh”

  1. terrio
     · May 23rd, 2008 at 8:48 am · Link

    This may just inspire me to organize this weekend. Once I get everything else out of the way. Like sleeping. And that damn Science essay? Anyone want to write that for me? Q, you out there?

    Congrats on the pretty new puter, Maggie. And good luck on the purging. I do that once every summer. And I desperately need to do it soon. Don’t have a writing area anymore since adding wireless. Now the comp is permanently placed on the coffee table. The joys of being the only grown up in the house.

  2. BernardL
     · May 23rd, 2008 at 9:09 am · Link

    I think a clean waxed floor is sexy. 🙂 I have a room to write in, I call the Fortress of Solitude, or the Bat Cave, depending on whether I have a Superman or Batman complex that particular day. Yea, I keep it clean.

  3. Santa
     · May 23rd, 2008 at 10:29 am · Link

    I write whereever my laptop takes me. I wish I could say I have my own writer’s space but I share it with the cherubs, the TV, the dog and my DH who has taken up photography and is constantly on Lightroom editing stuff. Sigh.

    I used to Spring clean like a madwoman. Now I’d pay any price to have those Merry Maid people come in and powerwash my house inside and out! I recently went under the beds in my daughters’ room and found dustballs the size of a small city not to mention hair clips, head bands, that lip gloss they lost back in December. YUK!

  4. terrio
     · May 23rd, 2008 at 11:57 am · Link

    There’s no way I’d look under my daughter’s bed. Then again, I might find that Nintendo DS she lost. YES! She lost that very expensive present I bought her for Christmas. Grrrrrrrrrr……..

    I want a Bat Cave.

  5. J.K. Coi
     · May 23rd, 2008 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I love my floor to ceiling wall to wall bookshelves, but I hate everything else about my office space. It’s crowded and messy and I think I have to set aside some time for a thorough cleaning as well.

  6. irisheyes
     · May 23rd, 2008 at 3:12 pm · Link

    We turned my living room into an office since we live in the family room. It has matching desks with matching computers (well, not really, the DH’s is better – he has the bigger widescreen monitor). This is computer central in my home. Since we disconnected internet access to the kidlets puters in their rooms, they are down here on ours all the time. Which is the way I want it thankyouverymuch! No more wondering what they’re surfing.

    The room does need an overhaul though. Just like every other room in our house. The DH actually suggested taking a week of vacation this year and cleaning!!! I’m very excited about this prospect. He’s my sanguine fun guy that could never see the sense in taking vacation time to do anything else but go on vacation. He’s maturing with age.

    I’m starting to really believe that saying that physical clutter clutters your mind also. I can’t wait to start purging.

  7. Maggie Robinson
     · May 23rd, 2008 at 4:00 pm · Link

    Irish, I think you’re right having an eye on the kids. You wouldn’t believe what our students try to do in the LIBRARY—and we’re supposed to have filters!

    Terri, I agree—Santa is one brave woman. It got to the point I could not enter my kids’ rooms because I’d start to twitch. Not that I’m so neat, but you never knew what you’d find. Ignorance can be bliss. Sorry I can’t help you with science; I took the Science for Dummies survey course in college and barely got through.

    Santa, I used to actually have a cleaning lady. But I’d have to clean up before she came, LOL. She scared me to death.

    Bernard, I’m picturing you in a spandex suit, sliding on a freshly waxed floor, saving the day!

    JK, I want to get some boards and bricks and revisit my youth—make a bookshelf so the books won’t be toppling up here or in boxes in the basement. I give most of my books away, but still—the collection is scary.

  8. Elyssa Papa
     · May 23rd, 2008 at 5:34 pm · Link

    I cleaned and organized today, too—it must be something in the air. But, it never lasts long. *g*

    Yay on the new computer… it’s been not the same without you online.

  9. RevMelinda
     · May 24th, 2008 at 2:04 pm · Link






    Driving–CONSTANTLY (we have a 16 year old and an 11 year old who have friends and do theater, besides my daily long commutes)

    Working–more than I’d like, sometimes evenings and weekends

    Writing–when kids aren’t on the computers (read: Never)

    Internet time–see above

    Reading–20 minutes at a time, before falling asleep



    Colin Firth movies–three times this week (“Then She Found Me”–it’s fabulous)

  10. Maggie Robinson
     · May 25th, 2008 at 8:55 am · Link

    RevM, soon your 16 year old will be driving the little sister, and you’ll have more time–to worry, LOL! I too never iron unless it’s absolutely unavoidable. And I’m a bath fanatic. for those you say you’re just sitting in your own dirt, they just don’t understand. Besides, when I wake up, I’m too tired to stand up.:)

    Ely, the only way everything stays straight is if nobody actually lives in the house.

  11. Tiffany Kenzie
     · May 25th, 2008 at 9:51 am · Link

    I go through binges of cleaning. Sometimes I’ll come home and look for something in my closet, say. And I can’t find it. So that means emptying the closet, which is huge, and cleaning and chucking and you get the picture.

    I keep most of my books. They have to have a ‘re-read’ quality about them.

    I have the writing area in my bedroom, where I have this big comfy chair. I shuck off my slippers put my feet on the bed, and lean back with laptop in hand. I write in my bedroom because it is the cleanest part of the house, because that is me. My husband can work in an utter mess, that makes me sneer everyt ime I see it in action. So, my room is my sanctuary, the kids aren’t allowed toys in there, hubby can’t leave his stuff in there…

    When I buy a house (which feels like it’ll be a million years from now with the way the house market is here) I’m getting one with a little office, or a little sun room that I can turn into a yoga space too. My place of zen, eh? 🙂

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