This is the first photo in a series of five about cleaning the mess from the dining room table in my apartment. It had gotten really bad, and the worst parts of it had been this way since September or even August. It was time. My goal was to leave a completely clear surface, and either to throw things away or move them to a place where they could be properly dealt with. Each photo has roll-over notes (thank you Flickr) that explains what the item is, and in some cases where it got moved to in the apartment.
I think it’s an interesting series, because it shows just how busy and chaotic my life had become. The photos also show how I went about excavating the layers to uncover a table where it might be nice to sit, eat, drink, and work from time to time.
Is there such a space in your house that needs cleaning and clearing? Have at it: set aside some time in your week, and figure out how to clear space and throw stuff away. For the record, I filled three (small plastic grocery bags, not kitchen) trash bags with garbage from this table, and got rid of the junk forever.
There are at least three more such spaces in my house right now — my office desk is absolutely appalling, for example. The kitchen needs a lot of work too. Just having done this much, though, feels like a huge weight off my chest, and I’m really happy to have gotten it done.