I almost jumped out of bed to clean a couple of nights after I organized the pictures, but it was 1:00am so I decided to stay put. It occurred to me as I was falling asleep that the pictures might be in the office, in a desk drawer, beneath handfuls of hanging folders. I remembered stuffing things under the folders years ago because I didn’t have room to put them anywhere else. Ahem.
I decided to wait until the morning because the office is outside, which is dark at 1:00am. I speed walk to shake the ghosts and zombies hot on my trail any time I have to get a glass of water in the middle of the night. There’s no telling what would be waiting for me outside, and I’ve read enough trashy novels to know that whole Crucifix and Holy Water thing is a myth.
Besides, it’s easier to take pictures of paper-strewn desk drawers in daylight.
The first thing I did the next morning was to open the messiest desk drawer and look inside. There they were: things. Things under file folders. I pulled everything out and went to town tossing, organizing, and filing all those things.
Sadly, those things weren’t Nicholas’s pictures.
I persevered and attacked the other drawers, even though I was pretty sure I wouldn’t find the pictures.
Oh, well. Might as well try the cabinets. Many of the pictures I organized last week were also stored in these office cabinets, so I knew whatever was there I already found. Still, it didn’t hurt to purge and organize. They were getting impossible to close!
Not pictured: the paper cutter I had to hold in place with my foot before quickly closing the doors.
I didn’t bother dusting/vacuuming them out because I still haven’t decided how I’m going to organize them (and because I was in a bad mood about the pictures). I think I will use these cabinets to store craft supplies.
Plenty of pictures in here!
Just not the ones I want.
While I was working on the drawers and cabinets, the Mister tackled the printing station and the tangled cords of doom.
It doesn’t look that bad–or maybe it does–but that’s because I wasn’t quick enough to snap a before picture. The inside was stuffed with papers, binders, and other things. Lots of things in this office!
The things ended up on the desk for sorting and purging.
Those that made the final cut returned to their new, cleaner home.
It’s a new, cleaner home with doors that open and close. Far, far, far down on the list of things-to-do is to readjust the left door so that it hangs properly. But before that happens, I hope to find those pictures.
No pictures, guys. Still no pictures. They might be in the garage, but it seems unlikely. I took a quick peek after I finished with the drawers and cabinets, but it’s such a mess of discarded clutter in there that it’s impossible to walk a foot or two in either direction. Our garage sale is coming up soon. I can’t wait.
There has to be somewhere else I haven’t looked. Maybe up in Nico’s closet?
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