I’ve got a lot of ‘home admin’ jobs hanging over me at the moment. I’m saving up the joys of Bee applying for student finance until the weekend (memories of two hours on the computer with Edie are etched into my memory). Tonight I decided I had to find Edie’s tenancy agreement for next year so either she or I can set up the standing order – either way, OH and I will be paying her rent when she comes back to the UK for her final year at uni.
This was a job I’d been putting off for several days. I had a vague idea of where the agreement was. I have a shelf with lots of folders and a couple of magazine files on it. I tend to stuff things that I don’t know what to do with in them and on the shelf.
I decided the best way to find what I wanted was to work my way through the magazine boxes and then along the shelf and this would be an opportunity to go through all the paper clutter. I spent about an hour going through everything. I got rid of loads of bits of old paper for recycling and shredding, reducing two magazine boxes to one. Even better, just as I finished the second box, I found the tenancy agreement on the shelf.
I did a little bit more, but then decided to stop while I was ahead. By this stage I had about half a dozen different piles of paper – things I wanted to keep like photos, cards, school reports and concert programmes, recycling, shredding, bills, bank statements and important bits of paper like my job contract from when I was promoted about 18 months ago.
I allowed myself enough time to deal with all these piles rather than getting overwhelmed and forced myself to make decisions about everything and put it all away at the end of the session. I ended up recycling lots more than I expected, and I’m thinking about starting a scrapbook for the things I want to keep so that they are in one place rather than constantly floating around the house.
How do you deal with paper clutter?
Until next time, Tawney x