Skip to main content

Eliminate Paper Clutter One Sheet at a Time

I remember what the missing item is from this past weekend's Ten Things of Thankful post!  I'm thankful for empty boxes--specifically, boxes that used to house all sorts of papers that I do not need to keep.
 
I have a paper problem.  Paper gives me books, sheet music, letters from loved ones.  Whenever I need to think, I grab a paper and pen.  Paper allows me to plan for the future, whether that future be a trip to the grocery store or how to meet a goal.  I still keep a paper pocket calendar in my purse, as I have not made the jump to digital calendaring yet. 

I was born in the typewriter generation, but am now living in tablet time.  I love to hold books in my hand, but I read most often on a Kindle.  I've embraced online banking, and have come to realize that it is not necessary to save every "important" paper forever.  

Last week, I was able to dispose of the equivalent of two filing boxes of paper:  warranties for appliances I no longer own, bills which were paid in the last millennium, and other miscellaneous papers which serve no purpose in my house.  

I am not done yet purging paper, but I've made a start, and that makes me happy.

 photo visiting2_zps6d4521f3.jpg

 photo ThankfulThought4_zps7d9599c2.jpg
Thanks for paper, and for papers I no longer need to keep.

 photo signature3_zps16be6bca.jpg


Pin It

Comments

  1. I am purging photographs - scanning them as electronic files and sending the originals on to my nieces and nephews so they can become the guardians of the family history.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ha! I always remember things much later and yell, "Oh yeah!" Did you do that? :)
    Paper clutter makes me crazy. Why do children require so much paper???
    Good for you, cleaning out the paper. I leave the files to my husband. I would be happy to throw most of the stuff he keeps away.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Please write more! I need some strategies and encouragement. Paper is my bugaboo!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I am slowly but surely shredding bank statements from 10 years ago!!! Yes -- more encouragement!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Even in Times of Uncertainty

  A railroad switch point on the tracks at the Golden Spike National Historic Park There is a lot I don't know. I don't know who will lead the United States for the next four years (at the time I'm composing this post, that hasn't been determined yet.) I don't know when covid cases will stop rising in my state and start decreasing. I don't know how challenging situations will turn out. There is much uncertainty in life. Living in limbo-land is hard. It's emotionally exhausting. It can be immobilizing. My body seems to think chocolate is the answer, but I know that isn't a long-term solution. What do I need in times like these? I need to REMEMBER . 1. R esilience. People are resilient. I am resilient. I'm thankful for resilience. 2. " E ach Life That Touches Ours for Good." So many people, both those I know in "real life," and those I have only met virtually, have taught me, encouraged me, and been examples to me. I'm thankful

Ten Things of Thankful: Dad's Influence Edition

Infant-me, sitting on the wood floor, looks up at my dad, who is sitting on a brown sofa and smiling down to me Here in the United States, it is Father's Day weekend. I did not realize until recently that Father's Day was not officially made a holiday until 1972. 1972! Now, while I realize that many people consider 1972 eons ago, I do not. I'm glad that fathers have a day of recognition now, because they surely deserve acknowledgement.  I thought for this week's Ten Things of Thankful post, I would list ten lessons I'm thankful my dad taught me. My dad is a teacher. Not only did he impart his knowledge to countless junior high aged kids throughout his career, he taught--and still teaches--my siblings and me. He is not a preachy teacher; he's a humble man whose lessons I feel like I learned through osmosis. When he would get home from work, we'd all sit down as a family for supper. Often, our phone would ring, and on the other end of the line would be a paren

Ten Things of Thankful: Summer Strawberries and Procrastinated Projects

A brilliantly-colored dark pink and purple fuchsia blossom You would think that by the time a person reaches my age, she would not be surprised by the passing of time, yet I find myself nearly constantly amazed that a certain amount of time has passed--whether that be a week, month, year, or couple of decades. Earlier this year, I planted a garden. Yesterday I harvested my first strawberry. Earlier this year, I also planted fuchsia starts, and now the flowers are blooming. How is that possible? (And why am I surprised?) Sometime around the turn of the century (and it still seems strange to use that phrase about the year 2000), we bought a circa 1935 dresser. It needed some TLC, but had a cool curvy front. This past week, I finally got around to applying some Restor-A-Finish and Feed-N-Wax, and now the dresser still looks old, but not dilapidated. I still need to apply some hide glue to some loose pieces, but I'm counting progress as a win. For as long as I can remember, I've be