Tuesday, 28 August 2012

One Man's Rubbish is a Writer's Goldmine...

Before my move into my office (okay it's only one end of the dining room, but it's as near an office as I can get) I had all my writing stuff split up in different areas.

Whenever I saw an interesting article which was relevant to one of my projects, or future projects, I'd cut it out of the magazine, or newspaper and put it to one side; or I'd keep the whole magazine.

Then whenever there was a mini tidy-up they'd get put in a bag or a box, because I didn't have anywhere to store them...

Over the weekend and the Bank Holiday Monday my OH was shifting the boxes and bags that had got shoved into corners, and was about to throw the lot into the recycling bin. I didn't quite scream 'STOP!!!!' but I retrieved the bits and pieces- including postcards, some old manuscripts, pictures and articles, and put them in another box- as another family member was at the computer and blocking access to my box files.

So I better get to filing all these pieces away before they disappear again...

Am I a hoarder? Probably.

Are you a neat and organised writer- desk clear and everything in its place?

Or like me, books and papers left on the desk, the odd lottery tickets waiting to be checked, and the odd five pence piece lurking- or whatever you leave lying about?

But at least my OH now knows not to assume that a bag of paper related items is rubbish...


  1. I'm a messy writer, I have stuff everywhere. Now and again I will have a tidy round and try get organised, but it never lasts.

  2. Eek! My blood ran cold at the thought of all your papers going into the recycling!

    I'm like you. Bits and pieces everywhere - including the odd 5 pence piece :-) x

  3. I'm messy - but messy without much stuff as I don't tend to hoard things.

  4. Yes, I'm a bit of a hoarder, Carol - then every so often I have a clear out. But I would have screamed at my husband if he'd been about to do that (he once inadvertantly threw my watch out with rubbish!).

  5. So glad my reaction to the near loss of that bag wasn't me over-reacting, Teresa.:-)

    Rosemary, my OH recently took the old broken vent pipe from the tumbledryer to the tip, unfortunately the connecting piece that fitted into the dryer was still on it...

    Patsy, I wish I were tidier, but like Phillip I tidy up but it never stays that way.

  6. Phew! That was close! Glad you managed to rescue your stuff in time. I have to be tidy to work - initially - but it soon gets into a mess as I pootle on through my day as books and research get moved around. It has to get tidied up again, even if it's just into a pile as otherwise I go 'wibble'.

    ps - sorry to hear about the tumble dryer connector, what a pain!


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