The New Year’s Paper Work Flood!

Some people start diets, some people make resolutions to get fit, to eat right, to save more money.  I don’t know what happens to me, but I become a paperwork fiend!

I must admit that I am an organizational guru!  If you were to blindfold me, stand me at my front door, and ask me to put my hands on pretty much anything in my home, I’d be able to find it…unless it is made of paper.

I think it happens as a result of preparing for the next tax year.  Time to file the remainder of the last year’s bill statements, and purge the files to prepare for 2018.  But one thing always leads to another.  I start filing one thing, and then end up cleaning out another storage box.  That, in turn, leads to cleaning out the top drawer of my desk – gotta organize those paper clips, ya know – which leads to cleaning out the other desk drawers.

Wait…what is on all of these flash drives?  I certainly don’t need to keep student data from 10 years ago, and hey – this one is full of photographs!  Yikes – They need to be backed up to the cloud!  Guess what I’m doing right this minute!

And now that I think about it, what is in all of these computer files?  Time to do some deleting…and what about Dropbox – there’s lots of stuff in Dropbox that I surely no longer need, just taking up space…and One Note – what about that?!!!

By the time I’m done, I’ll have this place will be ship-shape.  But did I mention that I have not yet taken my Christmas decorations down?


21 thoughts on “The New Year’s Paper Work Flood!

  1. patwdoyle11

    Oh yeah….paper files are on my declutter campaign! I wonder why they are the last thing I’ve tried to start? I’ve got boxes & boxes of old papers that have limited rhyme & reason to them…which means looking thru to see if there is anything important in them. Like my MILs files and her death certificate … I think that’s where it is and it’s one paper you do need to keep. Or scan I guess. How can I even get this started….and head down the rabbit hole with you?

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  2. snakesinthegrass2014

    I can totally relate. We got in the mail today a letter from our mortgage company with a statement on taxes paid. I realized the file I created for things like this was piled way under several others… all sitting on top of the file cabinet. I guess I hate paper tasks still more than electronic ones, though admittedly both are laborious. Good luck on getting your own settled. – Marty

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  3. Retirement Reflections

    Richard just finished 2 full days of shredding papers that were no longer needed.
    Me? I’m still in denial…because as soon as I start it will be weeks (not days)! 🙂

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