I have not deeply purged paper for at least three years. And I'm pretty sure that three years ago, I didn't dig really deep. I know I didn't touch any of the Army files my husband has. And he has nearly a full file drawer full of Army paper work.
We expect to move this year. I specifically remember during our last move that we pulled over half the files to transport with us for security reasons. That is a pain! We will still have to move with files, but one box would be better than two or three, right?
It's cold outside this month. The weather does make a difference about when I'm up for tackling this task. There are no outside tasks or spring cleaning competing with my time. I snuggle in with a blanket and put a file on my lap and a bag for recycling right nearby. And then I put in a movie to make it less boring!!
We did begin the paper purge. The Army files are up first because they take up a large amount of space in our filing cabinet. See?
|Our bottom file drawer|
|Those at the back are NOT Army files|
|No Army files here|
|Army files here|
Let me just say the Army, and likely the military as a whole, likes to copy things. There were 10 plus copies of move orders. We even had two files that were nearly identical. We did take time to make sure that we had one complete file and shredded the duplicates. And then...we found more files that were likely copies of the first two we had just worked on! Ugh. So, that is when my husband was ready to stop. We will get to them again later this month. And I hate to say that I think some of the items in that blue folder may be more copies of some of the very same documents!!!!! Ack.
In the end we had three bags of shredded paper, just from Army files. The few papers that didn't have my husband's social security number did get tossed into the recycle bin instead of facing the shredder. That saved me some time!
|Some of the shredded papers|
Paper is definitely NOT my favorite item to work on. I am pleased with our progress. I managed to spend some time on decluttering on the first day of the year, so I can cross one day of 31 day off my list.
Do you own a paper shredder? Do you keep paper in a filing cabinet? Any paper decluttering tips for me?