I got through about half of an over-flowing file drawer (out of four) and stopped. Maybe because I was overwhelmed… Maybe because it was a little painful to permanently dispose of information that was once so important… Maybe because shredding paper is BORING…
But whatever the reason, nearly a year after I began I still have A TON of paper clutter.
after watching an entire season of Hoarders last week I decided I’m tired of it.
Because this is what my desk has looked like for the last six months.
Stacks upon stacks of paper, broken off pieces of things that we’ve been meaning to fix for years, and anything that we were trying to keep out of Allison’s destructive hands.
But after a mere 90 minutes of sorting, shredding, and dusting, I ended up with this.
A place where I can actually sit and set down a glass of wine!
I threw away birth announcements (from 3 years ago!). I recycled unused novelty notepads (does anyone use phone message pads anymore?). And I shredded lots of old bills. That one was tough because WHAT IF I NEED IT SOME DAY??!
So I had to keep reminding myself that it was okay to part with the insurance bill that I paid online 8 months ago and if I happened to need a written record someday, I can request a hard copy from the bank/insurance company.
Now I haven’t even touched the drawers yet (which barely close now), but this is definitely a start. And maybe the nice clean desk surface will serve as motivation to keep me going through this process.
How do you manage paper clutter?