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Did a Paper Truck Throw Up?

I have  been oh, so wonderfully  busy  this week. Negotiating and ratifying a contract on a listing. A successful auction , two sellers waiting for me to do the listing agreement, then showings on my latest two listings.  There have been seminars and meetings last week, a WCR luncheon, a webinar   and a networking evening downtown, a planning meeting for an art auction in May and lunch with my publisher.  Plus, of course, many phone calls, emails, reading, etc. Yep, a typical Type E schedule.

Dining table mess

Desk #1As I was leaving the house this morning for a string of appointments I got a glimpse of my desk – well, actually two desks plus the dining room table separate for doing my income taxes. What did I see?     Looks like a paper truck threw up!

 

                      Oh…yeah…and my  deadline is today for getting the stuff to my accountant.
 
Now don't think I am not organized. Received a call from a client who had purchased one of my listings back in 2001, and another who bought 14 years ago. Within minutes,  had my hands on  those folders with all the pertinent information. One of these clients is looking at my new listing and both are thinking of selling their homes.Desk #2

 

So it's not a lack of organization that leads to scenes like these. Nope, it's the Type E in me. All the information is there..I just file by pile.  I can find what is needed. It's the task of sorting it into someone else's order that I avoid.

And that is why my desk  looks like a paper truck threw up!

Are you brave enough to photo your desk before you straighten it up?  Come on show us...I dare you.

 

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Comment balloon 33 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • March 27 2009 10:08PM

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In case you are wondering, the tax stuff was delivered to the accountant and the dining room table is clear.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Usually I can compete with your piles, but as irony would have it... one of the agents in my office got on my case this week and "made" me clean my office.  I'll have to post you a picture when I go back in on Monday.  I'm happily taking this weekend OFF.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 9 years ago

Margaret, You're SO busy I can't imagine how busy you would be if you actually cleaned that desk.  You're making room for all the NEW work if you do---dare ya!  And get ready to hire help :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 9 years ago

Margaret - first, my congratulations on your business and your busy-ness. Sounds like things are going well. I, too, have piles but I know where everything is and can find it (well, normally). Not all of us have the same way of organizing our stuff but it works for us, sometimes to the chagrin of others.

Yep, it's likely there could be some improvements, but we don't all fit into the same way of organizing. That's also true in terms of how we think through issues, and how we manage our time.  There is always room for improvement but also different styles that fit with our personalities.

Jeff

 

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Margaret - I guess I am not brave enough for that right now.  :)  Mine looks similar.  We have a ridiculous number of books in our house (most of which are on shelves, some in piles).  My wife also "files by pile", as you mentioned.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 9 years ago

margaret- I wrote a blog awhile back about the same thing. papers everywhere. I used an iclip photo then and will use one again. My desk (desks) are off limits to anyone or anything but me LOL. But I do eventually straighten them up as I cant stand chaos. Mus not be a type E huh? :)

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 9 years ago

I love Carole's comment - I'm on a personal mission to clear the clutter and open myself to receiving all the good that my clutter is blocking.  Somehow I too seem to do better when the paper truck throws up!!

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) over 9 years ago

  Okay...so someone gave me a couple grapefruits and it went from briefcase to desk lol.

 

you dared us....lol!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 9 years ago

Margaret -- loved the image of a paper truck throwing up - -In my mind's eys was  one of those cartoon trucks with faces!  I also am a filer by piler person. Tables, desks, kitchen cupboard and once and awhile the kitchen stoce -- so I can grab the pile on the way out the door!There does come a point though when I get paralzed by too much visual clutter - and am almost there!  Tax stuff goes in a box tomorrow - that will help.

Posted by Alexsandra Stewart, Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate (Remax equity group) over 9 years ago

I live in a tiny little cabin ... no way will I take any pictures until I finish my project/cleaning list this weekend!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 9 years ago

Oh my God. . . I just realized this looks like MY desk.  I've got to get busy and do some Spring cleaning.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) over 9 years ago

Margaret - I am a piler, I have never figured out how to have a clean desk, unless it is just after I have moved in or just before I am moving out. I am not sure how my wife puts up with it, especially the dining room table.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 9 years ago

Good to hear you are busy Margaret. I got my taxes done a few weeks ago. Always great to get that done and out of the way!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Whew!  I feel better now that I know I'm not the only one.  As Carol commented above, I have tried to clean and organize my desk to help me think more clearly.  It didn't work out as it only stayed that way for a couple of days and then it was a complete mess again! 

Posted by Stacie Colclasure, Realtor, Bethalto, IL (Gateway Holding and Referral Company) over 9 years ago

Tammy, No fair taking a photo if it was just cleaned. Have a great weekend.

Carole, When I clean and straigten up, I actually become LESS productive. Guess I don't want to mess it up again. If I made room for the new work...I would never finish the old.:)

Jeff, In my hubby's eyes...this is the only thing that keeps me from being perfect....and we all know he could not handle perfection.

Jason, come on, be brave show 'em both. My husband did not think I would post this. He hasn't seen it yet.

Martha, How about posting a link to that blog here?

Kate, Keep us posted on your mission.

Sally, I just might have delete this comment You are putting us all to shame with that beautifully organized office...I kinda like the grapefruit.

Alexandra, I admire organization and neat people but  I sure can relate to the rest of us. BTW, I love going into homes and telling the sellers how to organize and clear the clutter.....and they really listen to me.

Susie, I thought you were more daring than that...come on it's just we folks here that will see it. :) 

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

I too have piles, typicall on my office floor. (I use a laundry basket sometimes to cart it home!)

BUT, as you, I can locate anything..as needed.

I guess I am a Type-E  too!

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 9 years ago

Margaret - I just read your blog, I stopped what I was doing with your blog still open I took this snap shot of my desk area. Cluttered, somewhat organized - still manage to find things. Was fun :)

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Tom, Thanks for stopping by. Are you going to send me photo before you clean?

Mike, Maybe we could have our spouses speak to each other.  Or could start a CDA (clean cluttered  desk anonymous)

Bill, I have a feeling you have a clean organized desk. Am I right?

Stacie, Welcome to the club.

Michelle, Have not needed the laundry basket yet.  Not sure this is a trait of the Type E. Go to my website and you can take the Type E quiz.

Petra, I love that you took a photo.  Looks like a very productive office to me!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Cluttered desk anonymous - that would add another one of the xxxx anonymous meetings for me to go to, bloggers anonymous, procrastinators anonymous (but nobody ever schedules that meeting), junk food in the car eaters anonymous........

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 9 years ago

Mike, Is there an anonymous anonymous group?

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Margaret,  I am with you on this one.  Piles at home, in the office, random rooms in the house etc.  Drives my wife nuts but I can find everything in just a few minutes.  Good to know it is just a Type E thing or is it???

 

Taxes, hmmm I should probably get those done soon huh?

Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) over 9 years ago

Josef, How about your wife, Mike's wife and my Lee getting together and  talk about our "condition".

Don't know if this is a Type E thing....have to do a survey.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Margaret -there is, but they try to keep a low profile

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 9 years ago

Margaret~ 

As you say..."...So it's not a lack of organization that leads to scenes like these. Nope, it's the Type Ein me...". AHA! That explains those piles of scattered bits of this and that I see to my right, left, and behind and before me ..I always thought it would be a good idea to create some kind of "lazy susan" for those of us who enjoy this condition... =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 9 years ago

I don't have a desk.  Which means, everything in my house has become my desk.  Margaret knows what I mean.

No wayyyyyy are you getting pictures.  And I don't blame any type E...I blame genetics..

Posted by erica over 9 years ago

Mike, You think maybe they want to stay anonymous?

janeAnne, We are not sure if we blame this on Type E...still have to verify this.  I like the lazy susan idea. How our desk chair in the middle of a giant circular desk, The "deck" moving oround us. I could work with that.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Hi Erica, No desk, so your entire house is like my desk.  Hmmm  Genetics...may be a possibility. How about just a couple pictures. We are friends family after all.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Margaret, I am just too scared to post such a photo.  Yikes!

Posted by David Matney, Omaha, NE Real Estate | Omaha, NE Homes For Sale (BHHS - Ambassador Real Estate) over 9 years ago

David, Come on. It might do you good. And no one but this small group of 141,654 will be able to see it.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

I know where things are...it is one someone...we won't mention any assistant or spousal names...decides it is time to "straighten things up" that up is where you find it...or don't...and after that, I can't....as long as YOU know where everything is. that's what's important...blog on Lady...luv ya...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 9 years ago

Sally and David,

I have a clean desk right now. But know that it won't stay that way for long. Which one of you has the straight desk or are you not revealing any names.

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Here's a follow up just almost 7years later. http://actvra.in/4LnK

 
Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 3 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I admit it; my desk looks like yours.  I think it's the sign of a busy mind!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 2 years ago

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