A short story …

for Friday Fictioneers.


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I’ve done it!  I’ve actually done it! I put it off for yonks, and now it’s diddley-doddley-done!

I’ve tidied my desk!

I found all sorts of stuff.  A scrap of pizza, a pair of underpants, a dead mouse, a ten-pound note …  

Now, everything has a designated place.  Pens here, pins there, paper clips – somewhere.  Sticky tape, dikshunary (however you spell it!)  What’s this?  No idea, never mind, put it there!

Wow, what an improvement!

Now, where’s my notepad?  Where’s my coffee?  I need my glasses.  Oh heck, where are they?  

At least when it was a mess I knew where everything was!


stuffThanks to Rochelle for hosting and Jan for the photo.   


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80 thoughts on “A short story …

  1. bearmkwa Jan 6, 2021 / 14:41

    Ahhh, the torture of a clean desk. Maybe, if I move the sewing machine I can find that desk, again. Ah, but the machine is keeping me sane and earning a wee income at the moment, though.

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  2. Sascha Darlington Jan 6, 2021 / 14:42

    As a person sensitive to odors, I can only imagine how ummm aromatic his workspace was between the pizza and dead mouse, which leads me to wonder if there was a correlation. I do know many people who can’t find things once they’ve cleaned.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 6, 2021 / 16:22

      …and don’t I know it! Sometimes I give up looking and replace it only to find the original the next day!

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      • pensitivity101 Jan 6, 2021 / 16:25

        Mum used to say not to worry, we’d find it looking for something else…….. then two things would be lost!!

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  3. Denise Hammond Jan 6, 2021 / 15:29

    If I leave the stack of old receipts, warranties, and bills on my desk long enough, eventually I can dump everything without filing them. Done and done. And leftover pizza? Never happens around here, lol.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 6, 2021 / 16:20

      I fling everything in a box and chuck it when it’s full certain in the knowledge that if I was to throw anything away immediately I’m bound to need it and regret it!


  4. Michael Humphris Jan 6, 2021 / 15:29

    Poor mouse, was it killed by the pizza, or did it loose its way in the jungle

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  5. Christine Goodnough Jan 6, 2021 / 15:30

    I can feel with him. Decluttering last spring I threw out all those old calendars I had stashed away — and now I realize I could hang one up from seven years ago and save myself the price of a new one. Foolish me! 😉

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  6. Sandee Jan 6, 2021 / 16:10

    I’ve worked with people that demanded that you not clean up their desks because if you do they won’t be able to find anything. Well said.

    Have a fabulous day, Keith. 🙂

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 7, 2021 / 11:18

      That wouldn’t surprise me! I do have a collection of sixpences (tanners!) which I stick in my Christmas puds every year!


  7. ceayr Jan 6, 2021 / 20:02

    My system is based on the thickness of the dust layer.
    Never tidy your desk, that way lies madness.
    Oh wait, it’s Keith I’m talking to…

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 7, 2021 / 11:21

      Okay, truth time – I hate anything even being crooked on my desk, let alone dusty!


  8. rochellewisoff Jan 6, 2021 / 21:19

    Dear Keith,

    They say that those proud of keeping an orderly desk will never know the thrill of finding something they thought irretrievably lost. Although I do take exception to the dead mouse. Has this person no olfactory function? Talk about being nose-blind. At any rate, it was a delightfully funny read.



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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 7, 2021 / 11:23

      You’ve just taught me a new word – olfactory! So, to answer your question, clearly not! Thanks so much, Rochelle.


  9. larry trasciatti Jan 6, 2021 / 21:43

    I agree completely. As an inveterate slob., I know that to change to neat means to lose track of all sorts of unavoidably necessary things

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  10. Inside the Mind of Isadora Jan 6, 2021 / 23:08

    Sometimes messes are actually quite organized for those who know where everything is while in that state of disarray.
    I could feel for the missing glasses. I lose them even when I’m wearing them.
    Fun tale … Be Safe … Stay Healthy

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 7, 2021 / 11:29

      Organised mess – now that sounds sensible! As for glasses, I’ve done exactly that many a time! Thanks so much, Isadora.

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  11. susanrouchard Jan 7, 2021 / 11:16

    Thanks Keith for your contribution to the prompt. This year, I might join you in this blog hop. Wishing you all the best for this New Year. Take care.

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  12. James McEwan Jan 7, 2021 / 13:18

    I believe we all have a link in our mind that knows exactly where things are, but if you mess up the illogical thought – well you’re damned if you can find any thing again. Brains, eh who would have them?

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  13. Sandra Jan 7, 2021 / 15:00

    Oddly I just tidied my desk yesterday in preparation for a rather big project I’ll be involved in for the next three months. I’ve spent most of today looking for things…

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 7, 2021 / 17:46

      That really doesn’t surprise me! Perhaps you should have put off tidying for three months!


  14. Dora Jan 7, 2021 / 16:09

    Oh, the cruel irony! And after those immortal words too: “I put it off for yonks, and now it’s diddley-doddley-done!” Language is putty in your hands, Keith. 😀

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  15. rogershipp Jan 7, 2021 / 16:44

    ‘At least when it was a mess I knew where everything was!’ Amen! That is me….. Enjoyed!

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  16. Eugenia Parrish Author Jan 7, 2021 / 19:09

    Someone once asked me why I tried so hard to keep things organized. I said, “It gives me the illusion that my mind is organized too.” Bless that illusion!

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  17. Fatima Fakier Jan 8, 2021 / 13:04

    Sometimes there is order to the chaos other people see. At least we know our glasses are under the box of uneaten pizza!

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  18. liz young Jan 8, 2021 / 14:32

    This has unfortunate undertones for me, married to a man with dementia who ‘sorts out’ his things several times a week!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 8, 2021 / 17:00

      Oh dear, that must be difficult at times. I guess you’ve become an expert at un-sorting!


  19. elmowrites Jan 8, 2021 / 14:51

    Ain’t that the truth. My husband tidies ‘for me’, which is even worse!

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  20. Brenda's Thoughts Jan 8, 2021 / 20:38

    Interesting what was found in that desk (hmm)! I certainly can relate to the “where’s my glasses?” bit and I know where everything is in my own mess. Clever story, Keith!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 9, 2021 / 15:25

      One persons mess is another’s treasure chest I always say! Thanks Brenda.


  21. Tessa Jan 9, 2021 / 05:12

    Tha’ts how I feel. Don’t mess with my piles. That was even part of my story this week.

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  22. pennygadd51 Jan 9, 2021 / 17:06

    I love the way your stories roll along so merrily, like a barrel of ale rolling downhill over cobbles. Exhilarating!

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  23. Laurie Bell Jan 11, 2021 / 19:54

    LOL doesn’t that always happen!
    Though where did you put the mouse and the pizza?

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  24. Girl in Niagara Jan 11, 2021 / 20:49

    It really is like that for some, messy organization. But I’m curious about the scrap of pizza. I mean pizza is so good isn’t it always ALL gone! 🙂

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  25. fabulousread Jan 23, 2021 / 08:44

    Great feeling when I finally do something that bothered me for so long – like tidying my desk🙃

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