I told someone the other day that I wasn't making new year's resolutions because I knew what the right things to do were.
One of them is to clean my office. As I'm between books -- sort of -- now seems like a good time.
What also makes it a good time is that my husband, bless his little neat-freak heart, bought me shelving for Christmas.
Now, I ask you, is that a man who knows his wife -- or what?
Well, certainly he knows what I need, even if it might not have been precisely at the top of my Christmas wish list.
Still, the minute I opened the gargantuan box, I knew it was a perfect gift. What's more, he assembled them the day after Christmas (it was all I could do to convince him he didn't need to do it Christmas morning!). He even stacked all my file boxes on them.
And he went back to Lowe's to buy a sixth shelf when it was clear that one eight foot unit of five shelves wasn't going to do the trick. True love, yes?
And now -- with six shelves -- I must say that nearly three weeks later, things are clearing up.
The interesting geological formations that come from books growing weekly in stalagmites here and there have been leveled and boxed.
The dust bunnies under the trundle bed/sofa have been vanquished. You can sit on it again. Someone could even sleep on it if they so desired.
The books have been shelved. The DVDs have been sorted and put away. The stacks of paper have been, well, re-stacked (let's not ask for perfection here). And some of them have been scanned by my sheet-feed scanner, which I bought myself last year and which ranks right up there with the shelving as an Extremely Useful Piece of Equipment.
I actually uncovered the printer the other day. In an effort not to make things worse by printing yet more paper, I'd conveniently buried it beneath my tax information. Those files have now been sorted and put away.
Let's face it, a paperless office I will never have. But, besides the printer and the surface of the bed/sofa, I uncovered a bit of carpet last week. There's actually a floor here somewhere!
I'm so pleased.
In fact, I'm thinking that my unexpected shelving unit was likely one of the best presents I've ever been given. It's made my life easier, less fraught, more manageable. It may be chrome and cold, but it's been warming my heart since Christmas morning.
What about you? What's the most unexpected present you've ever received? Did it make you as happy as my shelving unit has made me?
Leave your answer in the comments here and my golden retrievers, Micah and Mitch, will pick one to receive a copy of my most recent book, One Night Mistress . . . Convenient Wife.
They are practicing their "picking winners" technique because, beginning in February, I'm giving away a book a day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of my first book, Starstruck.
If you want to practice, too, drop by and leave a comment on my blog to enter the drawing.