I used to be a neat person. 'Used to' in terms of pre-children. And 'neat' in terms of neat & tidy--Not, "Wow! She's NEAT!" (I am, in fact, still that kind of neat.) :)
Between being much, much busier and having two little theives, I just can't keep things organized anymore. My office area is my number one priority right now in my quest to organize and make 'neater'. :) (Next comes the pantry. Watch out!!!)
Here's the thing. We have an unfinished part in our basement that we hope to finish & turn into a family area--media, toys, etc. There's a bedroom down there I will promptly take over and make my office. But for now, my office area is in our kitchen... kinda... Our house has a loft feel so our main level is pretty much open. Take a look.
See? Toys on one side, kitchen on the other. And yes, that is our trash can on our counter. Mr. Newly One Year Old decided he thinks it's fun to get into the trash.
But seriously... where am I supposed to put all of this STUFF? It's the catch-all since it's in a public area of the house. Bills, kid stuff, cat.... you name it. ;) And it's GOOD that it's in a public area because while the kids play, I get to work. In fact, I'm still quite good at my work. It's just that I have to LOOK at that mess.
I'd also like to put something on that ridiculously blank wall. But again, long term--I'll move downstairs, so who knows what we'll do here then.