(William Buckley's desk)
First, she rearranges all the books....according to height. Why didn't I think of that? I was stupid to categorize the books according to topic and/or space left on the shelf. I should have known better.
(Nat Hentoff's desk)
It isn't enough for me to put things away, and to do my dishes and fix the dinners and do the laundry, be the chauffeur, buy the stuff, you know...when I get around to it...Oh noes. She has to inject all kinds of motherly....MOTHERLY scolding into it all.
(Albert Einstein's desk)
And after her cleaning spree, she paused long enough to write a mostly-motivational essay on the white board:
Message to EVERYONE! (mother)Let us keep this house CLEAN! (mother) and even more...ORGANIZED! (mother)
Together, (mom) we CAN accomplish a lovely home! (mom)
Just remember, (mom) cleaning up after yourself (mom) makes a tremendous difference.
And (MOM!!!!) throwing things away that you don't need will also contribute.
A clean house means a happier environment!
And a happy environment, means a HAPPY EVERYONE! YAY!!!! ......(mom)
As you can see, I made some minor corrections. (I added all the missing moms and mothers, damn them, anyway!)
What the girl wants is KANSO POWER!
Kanso: (簡素) Simplicity or elimination of clutter. Things are expressed in a plain, simple, natural manner. Reminds us to think not in terms of decoration but in terms of clarity, a kind of clarity that may be achieved through omission or exclusion of the non-essential.So I boiled her motivation down to what really matters.
My Dearest Mary. I was just surfing the intertubes, and I came across this lovely sentiment….which is what I think you mean not only to say, but to live. And to have us live by. So I printed it out and pasted it here for you.
The second principle, Kanso, relates to basic simplicity and the elimination of the ornate. Things expressing simplicity are by their nature truthful and reserved. Kanso involves a sense of cleanliness, things which are fresh and neat, frank but never over-embellished. Things of Kanso nature are never florid in style.
(Really, need I say more?)
H/T to the following folks: Good God Truth and Beauty, Minimal, and Bonsai Beauty.
And Mary, did I forget to say "Thank you?" Thank you!
Thanks also to Midnight Rider at Infidel Bloggers Alliance