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January 11 is Clean Up Your Desk Day

I'm trying to work up some enthusiasm for Clean Up Your Desk Day, but I think it will be more like Clean Up Your Room Week. All that stuff on my desk needs to be tossed or filed, and the files aren't set up very well yet. If I had a place for some of those odds and ends, they wouldn't be sitting on my desk in the first place. When my mom used to live here this desk was as neat as a pin and she, and later I, used to sit there and pay the bills.

The desk stayed fairly neat until we moved here with both computers, my writing reference books, all the tax stuff, all the business records, and everything else it takes to run my writing business. I'm sure I'll be able to toss 50% off it. It would be easier if I didn't have to shred half of what needs tossing.

I would like to know who makes these crazy holidays up. There's even a “Hell Freezes Over Day.' I kid you not. There's a whole web site devoted to listing these holidays by date . I'll be trying to clean off my desk on Monday, since I really do need to do that before I can calculate how much sales tax I have to pay by the end of the month. But I'd much rather be celebrating another holiday listed for Monday – National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day. We've even had enough rain this week to make it possible.

Which holiday would you rather celebrate on Monday? There's also National Hot Toddy Day, Secret Pal Day, Milk Day, Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day, Cigarettes Are Hazardous to Your Health Day, and the very serious National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. I chose the topic for my blog Monday as I did because I need a photo to base the blog on. It was easier to photograph my desk than finding a friend to splash by stepping in a puddle.

Image Credit » I took the picture.

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cheri wrote on January 11, 2016, 12:08 AM

Thanks for the reminder. I have started the clean up already but have not finished everything yet.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2016, 12:45 AM

I don't expect I'll be able to finish in one day, either.

bestwriter wrote on January 11, 2016, 1:12 AM

Somehow a new year always brings up thoughts on spring cleaning. I am doing just that

morilla wrote on January 11, 2016, 1:55 AM

Unlike my personal life, my work space tends to be fairly 'clean' and over-organized; to the point where some have suggested messing things up a bit to make it look like I do some work.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2016, 4:46 AM

But it's still winter. It's more like New Year's cleaning.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2016, 4:47 AM

I'm just plain disorganized since I retire from my retail online business.

bestwriter wrote on January 11, 2016, 6:03 AM

When I said 'spring cleaning' I meant just giving a thorough clean up. I know what you mean.

VinceSummers wrote on January 11, 2016, 7:43 AM

I wonder if there ever was a clean the slime off your computer mouse ball day?

RuthCox wrote on January 11, 2016, 9:48 AM

Today is also my son's birthday! emoticon :smile: Clean up my desk would be a good idea, though! The puddles here are iced over so there will be no splashing, brrr!

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 11, 2016, 9:54 AM

I like the puddle one but would have to substitute throwing a snowball at them. I picked cleaning and rearranging the house for this week

WordChazer wrote on January 11, 2016, 2:57 PM

Nobody told my colleague that, at least. I've spent the day seconded into her office using her desk while she's on leave. Clutter doesn't even begin to describe it, honestly.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2016, 12:48 AM

Yuck! I don't have a ball on mine. It's optical.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2016, 12:49 AM

Celebrating birthdays is more fun than cleaning off a desk. I didn't finish yet, but I can see it now.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2016, 12:50 AM

I think that would kill me to attempt in one week. If you think the deck is bad, you should see the house.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2016, 12:52 AM

Papers reproduce on desks. Didn't you know that?

CoralLevang wrote on January 12, 2016, 4:08 AM

oh crap! I missed it this year! I guess I'll have to wait until next year

VinceSummers wrote on January 12, 2016, 6:58 AM

Yeah. But it's a pretty good idea to keep one as a spare.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 12, 2016, 8:49 AM

Very little rearranging when I get started on it. The cleaning out is taking the longest

AliCanary wrote on January 13, 2016, 12:11 AM

Since I missed this, does that mean I don't have to clear off my desk? I love weird holidays, actually--they're fun!
Here is a suggestion to make things easier for you--just make two folders, marked "File" and "Shred". Everything goes in either one or the other, or the wastebasket. You can tackle the actual shredding or filing at a later date, but in the meantime, your desk will be nice and clean!

AliCanary wrote on January 13, 2016, 12:13 AM

In Japan, they actually do the cleaning on New Year, rather than in spring, but it's generally a bit warmer there.

BarbRad wrote on January 14, 2016, 4:05 PM

I'm shedding crocodile tears for you, missing this great opportunity.

BarbRad wrote on January 14, 2016, 4:07 PM

That's basically what I've done, except I have three piles, trash sack, and recycling sack. Piles are file, shred, and stuff I need for taxes this year.

crowntower wrote on January 17, 2016, 3:04 PM

Hehehe... before when I was younger, I was able to get part time job to rearranged and organized tons of files of someone and clean their whole table. I got a few bucks but that's it nothing big in it... but I really love papers, and I have lots of patience in sorting it out. God bless.

vanGogh wrote on January 24, 2016, 8:46 PM

Clean up week for us in the office is one week in December before the we close shop for vacation; spick and span desks greet us each in a new year; My Mondays are devoted to white-outs (no bread and rice day)