“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter…and improving your overall quality of life.” ~~ Christina Scalise
C’mon, really? I just needed one receipt. One single piece of paper. Not even a full sheet, just a strip. And I have to dig through that three foot pile again??
Such are the consequences of letting the paper beast grow unchecked. Note I didn’t say “untended.” I tended him well. Very well. I fed him everyday. I even made sure he had a comfortable place to live. When he outgrew his home, I made him a bigger one.
For. Eight. Years.
Am I just a little embarrassed to put that out there. Um, yeah, more than a little. But hey, it’s all about transparency, right?
But that little paper guy was suddenly a formidable beast. An hour of digging resulted in stacks of paper covering my office floor — again. The irony was that the elusive receipt was actually right where it was supposed to be — filed in one of two files I actually maintain. Go figure.
In that moment, I decided to kill the beast, in 15 minutes, for 15 days.
I’ve never taken one of those 30 Day Challenges; mainly because I think intentionally setting myself up for failure is a bit masochistic. But maybe even I could keep up a challenge for 15 days, especially if I gave myself 25 days to complete it! (Is that cheating??) The beauty of this challenge is the lack of pressure. My goal is to work on it for 15 days, and be happy with the result. No beating myself up for not having gone through every piece, for not having the files completely organized, but rather celebrating the huge progress made! There will always be another block of days after Christmas to tackle the remainder!
And what was that progress? Well, since you asked…3 feet of paper clutter reduced to 6 inches to be filed; 2 ½ feet of paper clutter SHREDDED! Eight years of my life, tied up in bursting trash bags and left on the curb. I could hear the Paper Clutter angels singing a chorus — and you better believe I sang with them!
Do you have paper clutter? “Why Not?” take my 15 Day Paper Clutter Challenge — 15 minutes for 15 days — and let me know how much progress you made! I’ll be working with you — I still have 5 days left in my own challenge!