First my Garage – Then the World!

A Sign of…

paperworkYou know the guy with the desk piled high with papers, post-its, and stuff? It’s a mess really, and he says “Don’t touch anything! I know where it all is!” As he shuffles through this pile and that to find the thing, the whatever it is, you’re asking him for or about.

That guy will never rule the world.

You’ve seen the neighborhood with manicured lawns and fancy houses each with a three car garage perfectly clean, tools and bicycles hanging in order, not a cardboard box in sight? These homes are very unlike mine, and my garage, which has boxes stacked, stuff strewn, garbage and recycling waiting to be taken away…with a garage like that, I will never rule the world.

The thing is, the first thing you must do to take over the world is…get organized.

Steven Wright said, “It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it.” But if someone were organized enough, he could do it. A favorite TV character of mine, Clegg, said “Can you imagine anyone wanting to rule something as ridiculous as the world?” That would take a serious commitment overhaul. The paperwork alone is too daunting to even discuss.

Historically, those who’ve come closest to ruling the world have organized and categorized humans as well. Putting people in segments, choosing who gets what for predetermined yet slightly secretive reasons, and then lining folks up for or against each other. It’s quite a process that requires systems and initiatives. Those most successful make it look natural, beneficial, even necessary.

I’m not built for that.

My organizational process is nothing if not filled with grey areas, even my filing cabinet is full of colors (not coded), some files have labels, some are scribbled on, many (many) have been used, changed, and reused. That’s just for paper stuff, can you imagine how crazy my system would be if I tried to label and box up people? (Even if it would make my life easier, which has been suggested.) No, my systems are messy, horizontal, on the floor, the table and a desk. (And a bin. Or two.) I get tasks done by plugging along on everything, as much as I can, give a little, take a little, from here and from there. However, a clear cut clean mastery of, um, anything, is outside of my reach just now.

There’s a lot of compromise in my life, traditionally not a trait of someone inclined to “rule the world.” But who knows, maybe if I could get organized, what could come next?


This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. Each week, Finding Ninee host bloggers and writers who want to participate in a prompt and make new writer friends. This week’s sentence is “The first thing you must do to take over the world is…” Hosts: FindingNinee, Michelle of Crumpets and Bollocks (this week’s thinker upper to the sentence) and Anna of Fitfunner 

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2015-02-23T20:15:17+00:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: |7 Comments


  1. ruchira January 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    yes, I agree!
    We ought to first get organized to even think of running a community let alone the world 🙂


  2. A.J. Goode January 30, 2015 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    I really like where you went with this. I didn’t expect you to take that step from the need to be organized to the concept of organizing people. Maybe a little bit of chaos is a good thing — “messy, horizontal, on the floor, the table and a desk” sounds pretty normal to me!

  3. Kristi Campbell January 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    Getting organized has been on my list of things that would make me better for three years now. Wait. Maybe more but I think three, since my son was two and his outgrown things started piling up as did my well intentioned photo albums and other stuff… Great finish to the sentence this week!!! I am so glad you joined even though the mess part of your own organizational process hit a bit close home to mine for comfort!!!

  4. Anna Fitfunner January 31, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Being organized is definitely important in doing anything as significant as taking over the world. But you can take small steps: organizing your garage, and then taking over a piece of the world like North America or China. Then maybe cleaning up the living room and then heading off to rule South America……


  5. Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom January 31, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Yes! You and Kelly Mckenzie seem to be on the same path to world domination this FTSF round. More power to you!

  6. Kenya G. Johnson January 31, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    LOL you stressed me out. My husband and I are so different. I am the organized one. He is not. We have not quite learned to meet each other halfway. He can find everything in his clutter and I want to clean it up and throw everything away. Even organized though, I am not fit to rule anything but I think I am a lot closer to taken it on that he is 😉

  7. Nicki January 31, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    In theory I’m 100% behind you! But I dunno… super-organized people stress me out… I used to be one of them!
    This is my favorite line: “My organizational process is nothing if not filled with grey areas.” So real.

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