Tackle It Tuesday – My “Office”

by Janice

Tackle it Tuesday

My project to tackle this week is My “Office” which unfortunately also happens to be Our Kitchen Table.

My Project To Tackle

Our Kitchen Table – Before

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Our Kitchen Table – After

Tackle it Tuesday

I know!!! It is terrible!

The question I can hear you are all asking, after you shudder in horror, is “How did she live like that?” Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy! At meal times, I would move my computer and push the pile into the corner and make enough room for Phil, Jackson and I to eat. (Good thing my husband is easy going.) This kitchen table disaster is one of the main reasons I refuse to let anyone in my house, let alone to come over to eat! (My dining room table is next week’s project – get ready!)

But the solution wasn’t easy either.

You see – under all the extra stuff piled on top – was paper work and to do piles. This mess required some time to deal with. In total, I think I have spent more than ten hours organizing and filing to get this project completed.

(Isn’t it interesting how a pile attracts more mess? It is like fly tape and everything gravitates towards it and then gets lost in it. Some items found on my “desk” that you might notice from the picture: Jackson’s toys, some pajama’s that need mending, library books and the list goes on…)

If you are wondering if I have always lived this way – the answer is yes and no. I tend to always get myself into a mess and then have to dig out. I am not a put away as you go kind of gal. I know I should. I wish I could. But I am just really bad at that. Although I am a workaholic, when it comes to paperwork and non-work related things, I am a procastinator. So, things get crazy and then I clean them up.

But since starting the blog in March, I have really let things go. While I have a “clean” house – I am sure I could win quite a prestigious award for the most cluttered, disorganized house full of piles and disaster zones. So, you will continue to be entertained and horrified by the scenes you will see in the coming weeks. Note: only a few living people have witnessed what I will show you in these entries.

Join Us For Tackle It Tuesday

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

I will link to any of you who are also playing along, so add a comment and/or email me.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

Have fun checking out what projects our fearless blogging friends tackled this week:

Amy – Life and Times of Eric’s Wife

Mom2fur – Sorta Frugal

Susan – Pyles of Clutter

Maria – Mom of 3 Little Bugs

Jennifer – Parenting News

Sandra – Diary of a SAHM

Addie – Life With Little Women

eph2810 – Sting My Heart

Courtney – Waiting On My Soldier

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Carol May 30, 2006 at 3:36 am

I have a couple of closets in need of such a blessing! Not saying I’m going to tackle them any time soon, but I can totally relate to letting something get all piled up before taking it on.

I know you feel great about getting it done, Janice!


2 Mom2fur May 30, 2006 at 3:39 am

Oh, I don’t shudder to see that at all. It looks like my dining room table. My husband often works at home–so that’s where he does it. There simply isn’t any other place! So it’s got his papers, office supplies and computers. But don’t you just love that wide, open surface now? (Frankly, if it were me, I’d be thinking…projects! What projects can I do now that I have this lovely, wide open surface? And it would take 2 days for it to look like the ‘before’ photo again.)


3 Janna May 30, 2006 at 4:19 am

Oh, man! I should have taken before and after pictures of my home office!! My desk and floor looked like your table…before!!! Now, though after several hours of paperwork yesterday, I’m looking much better.


4 Addie May 30, 2006 at 5:46 am

Mine will be up later today. I didn’t think about having it done and ready for a Tuesday post. Sorry about that. Mine will be worked on during the babies naps.

Great job on the table! Our dining room table can be quite the hot spot too!


5 Sandra May 30, 2006 at 6:14 am

You definitely did an awesome job and no I don’t shudder, I have areas that need to be worked on and look cluttered. LOL

Mine is up already, thanks for such a great idea, I love this :)


6 Jennifer May 30, 2006 at 7:58 am


Your table looks great! Good work mama! I was soo excited I have been working on this post for an hour, UGH, sometimes loading pictures is um, not so much fun! :D Anyway…our’s is up! :~) Though we are still doing some of the items, and I did not take pictures of everything…I think it looks ok! :D


7 Ruth May 30, 2006 at 8:33 am

THAT is nothing short of INSPIRING! i have a table that looks about the same way. :)


8 Jessica May 30, 2006 at 8:34 am

The table looks GREAT! :)

Be sure to stop by my site on Thursday to participate in Tasty Thursday! :)


9 Emily May 30, 2006 at 8:45 am

Thanks for the invite to play along, but I didn’t take photos this weekend!!! I did finish quite the project, as did you. :) I love the view from your windows, too!


10 Courtney May 30, 2006 at 8:55 am

Great job! Mine looks like that & I have no excuse it being my office…lol! Thanks for starting this. I love it!


11 Addie May 30, 2006 at 9:16 am

OK, mine is done! :) Thanks for the inspiration Janice!


12 Gibee May 30, 2006 at 10:01 am

Ummm … where’d all the stuff go? Hey — you just reminded me of a “Works for Me Wednesday” post that Shannon did … go here … and it could work for you, too. One bag for library. One bag for mending. One bag for toys allowed in the kitchen, one bag for outside toys… etc. Just a thought!


13 Gibee May 30, 2006 at 10:02 am

P.S. — great job cleaning up the clutter. Now, I have to get that basket on top of my refrigerator cleaned out! Ugh! It’s our “mail trap” !!


14 Kristen May 30, 2006 at 2:06 pm

Well, had I known this was Tackle It Tuesday, I would have taken a picture of a project I tackled today before I came to work! I had a cupboard in my kitchen that is huge and was so filled with all kinds of crud that I couldn’t even fit all of my pots and pans, etc… in it. I cleaned it today. I now have room. I’ll keep this in mind for next Tuesday!


15 Undercover Angel May 30, 2006 at 2:37 pm

I tackled a whole lot of nothing today – but Jake cleaned my kitchen, dining room and living room while I was out visiting a friend (avoiding housework). It felt so good to come home and find it done…


16 eph2810 May 30, 2006 at 5:17 pm

Whew – finally make my rounds. Just got off work and stopped at the store…
Anyway, your table is (was) not as bad as my MIL’s kitchen table. And she doesn’t work, or has a child to raise. Just thought that might make you feel better :smile:.
Job well done, Janice!


17 Toni Anderson May 30, 2006 at 7:19 pm

I am so impressed! Hard to keep a table tidy. At least I can close the doors on my desk and hide the mess away. The kitchen counter however…


18 Michelle May 30, 2006 at 10:59 pm

OK, I’m game . . . but I’ll start next week.


19 EmilyRoseJewel May 31, 2006 at 7:27 am

Great job! I can relate with my kitchen table for sure! You tagged me about a week ago and I just remembered today about it and will participate next Tues. Thanks for the tag!


20 Stacey June 5, 2006 at 2:51 pm

I’ll be participating tomorrow!


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