I keep thinking of this funny picture every time I try to tackle paper… From old notes I realized I have started with this category around three months ago^^. Alas, time management, work, procrastination and laziness crossed my path and I’m still kinda on the go.
Here’s what I managed to do so far:
- Gather all my paper stuff in one place
- Sort through and store away personal postcards and letters for later
- Go through loads of paperwork, notes and scribbles, and either trashed, looked up on the computer and then trashed, or filed away to keep
- Sorted out all my loose craft ideas, recipes,
certifications, important receipts, medical bills, apartment paperwork, work stuffand bank infos into different piles to file away to proper space
- Cleared out a lot of paperwork that just had to be dealt with per phone, e-mail, letter, to finally throw away
So all in all I’m not that bad I’d say… OK, yes, for the time period passing so far it is a wee bit bad… but hey, I’m getting there 🙂
Just the other day I had this amazing boost: I got home from work, relaxed for a while on the sofa with a coffee, and after that I felt very energized and ready to tackle paper for the second big time which made me get loads of stuff done. It felt so good to make that progress, to trash so many unneeded things and just get stuff done that had to be dealt with for a long time. This was a very important step and I’d say I’d need one more big go to maybe be able to finish all the filing away. Then I can deal with storage systems or move on with the next category which I think should be jewelery (I had accidentally left it out during “clothes” and didn’t realize it until much later! So time to tackle that…). Although the category “writing pads, note pads and letter sets” would also be a nice one to tackle and might come next instead. I’ll see what I feel like dealing with after paper.
While sorting out paper and trashing most of it, I secretly wished I had a professional shredder in my room to use ;-)… Whatever had no personal information could go to the recycling pile of paper (actually, two immense piles were just discarded today – of course, along newspapers and such, but lots of my trashed paperstuff was in there as well – it feels good ! ), but everything else had to be shredded with my own fingers… To the extent that I had small blisters from shredding… I kept shredding and filling little plastic bags with it which there went into the trash. All in all so far, I think I have filled 3 plastic bags in the first go and 2 in this recent go.
Yes, a shredder would be handy… but would clutter up more space 😉 And that also might teach me not to let the clutter take over in the first place but to constantly be dealing with paper, and shredding little by little won’t give me those blisters.
Dealing with paper also made me think of the credit card bills I have. I somehow can’t really let go of them because it has happened a few times already that I wanted to compare prices on certain things I had bought back in time, or people owed me money for something I could then check, and so on. I will look into the possibility of getting that information in a digital way but I’m not sure that’s possible. Scanning and storing away might be the other option, let’s see what I’ll come up with regarding this.
I am now one step further down my decluttering mission. I can’t wait for the moment when I’ll finally be all done with paper!!! The unsentimental one, that is.
How do you deal with decluttering paperwork? What is your way of getting rid or filing paper things? Feel free to share it here with me ❤