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Tip the Desk: Simplifying the Cathartic Way

A fun gift the less organized among us should give ourselves occasionally is to “tip the desk.”

Not only is it a lot of fun (yes, I have indulged), the combination of a clean desk and the catharsis of acting out so dramatically makes for a powerful attitude boost.

A bit impractical you figure, until, of course, you realize that your piles could not become any less organized on the floor than they are already on top of your desk.

After prudently removing breakable items like the computer, telephone, and paper-clip sculpture your son made for you, plant your feet firmly, hold your back erect, and lift the desk to that precise angle where the mountains of paper go careening onto the floor.

As you set your perfectly clean desk down and settle back into your chair, you will notice that those unseemly mounds now lie conveniently out of view.

After reacquainting yourself with its sleek, smooth surface, step around the desk, select one item from the “differently organized” piles on the floor, and return to your seat to enjoy an uncluttered, focused effort.

On your side,

– Karl Edwards

The Simplify Journey

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Today’s post is in response to her “The Simplify Journey” column and call for contributions.

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4 Responses to “Tip the Desk: Simplifying the Cathartic Way”

  1. Cheryl Smith Says:

    Is desk tipping anything like cow tipping?

    I work from my home office where only occasional visitors include my husband and our four children. Too frequently, my piles become overwhelming so I have to clean everything off. There’s something so satisfying about a clean, clear workspace.

    Thanks for joining in the Simplify Journey! It would be an honor if you would include a link to this post in the community link up at the bottom of tomorrow’s post.

  2. Karl Edwards Says:


    Thanks for initiating a great discussion theme and gathering contributions.
    I think I successfully posted the link you mentioned. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do to make the on-going discussion of simplifying a success!

  3. Ann Kroeker Says:

    Hilarious! Love this image of tipping and finding freedom!

    And there is nothing like a clean desk to inspire ideas and productivity.

  4. Karl Edwards Says:


    Thanks for checking in. If I don’t laugh about these things (my penchant for messy desks) I just get overwhelmed by them.

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