It happens every year. With the turn of the seasons, the catalogs arrive and I am once again sucked into the wonderful/terrible world of organization.
That photo up there is from the Pottery Barn's spring catalog. I saw it and my little heart went all a flutter. The cork boards...... the magnetic calender .....the recharge station with whiteboard! OMG! I am in love! Unfortunately... it is a dream that is never to be. Why, you ask? Well for one, the organizational masterpiece they have pictured in their catalog would come to a cost of $459 dollars BEFORE tax and shipping. Then there is the little fact that I would have to rearrange one entire wall in my living room for this masterwork of organization! Um..... I could possibly do that, but I'd still have to get together the almost $600 bucks to buy the stuff! Then there's the little matter of getting HHH to put it all up for me. Yeah..... that's gonna take a while. If he works for a living doing things like putting up shelves and leveling drywall and such, he's sure as hell not going to want to do it when he gets home for the day!
I think it is the idea of being organized. The abstract thought of a place for everything, and everything in it's place! I like that. I like the clean lines, the neat angles...... I like the fantasy. Too bad it is all just a fantasy. A beautiful fantasy made of clouds and ethereal light. How do I know it is just a fantasy? Well, let's look at the imaginary family that is in this organized alter....
This family contains Chris, Dave, Mel, & Jane. The family has a grocery list that contains arugula, eggs, and brown sugar. What grocery list of a family of four has ever just had 3 items on it? And that particular combination of items? I was a chef and I cannot think of a single dish I can make with those three items. Then there is the letter bin to the left middle, that holds, not letters, but a Bon Appetit magazine, a map of Central Park, and a few notebooks to more than likely jot down thoughts and errant sonnets that pop into their heads. Uh.... yeah. Right. Then there is the calendar. Those people have so much going on it is ridiculous! A bridal shower, a movie night, dinner with friends, spring break, two birthdays, the wedding that is presumably for who ever the bridal shower was for, then Gramma and Grampa coming to visit! OMG!! I would just collapse with exhaustion! Yeah, there may be people who are actually that busy, but I just can't jive that with this wall looking so completely organized. My wall would look nothing like that AT.....ALL! My wall would be a jumble of appointment cards, phone numbers, and memos. I would have the linen photo board at the top filled with photos of kids, animals, and HHH. It would not have any rhyme or reason as the imaginary family does. The menu board, however.... would be filled out weekly. That's just me though.
So I guess I will stick to my system I have right now. I run through the clutter on the desk I have every couple of months or so. I toss what's old and save what's new and next. I rearrange and refile, I dust and wipe. I will, however, still drool over the catalogs as they arrive, touting the organizational skills in their products, and making me lust in my heart for their sleek brilliance.