Feeding the Shredder
I am very excited about the next step in our paper organization process. I spent much of my Saturday shredding, and let me tell you, it was so freeing! So, I am very excited for you to experience this step, as it was truly a burden lifted and a huge motivatorr to keep going.
I was unaware of really how much living space my paper monster was requiring. After sorting through numerous piles of paperwork, I started going through my “get rid” of pile. I just tossed that which was non-important with no personal information on it and the paperwork with our personal information was fed to the paper shredder. The rule of thumb for keeping important documents is 7 years. Anything prior to 2008 was shredded or thrown in the trash.
I now have an entire file cabinet drawer empty. I am now ready for the next step, pile & file…. can’t wait. It is amazing how organized I feel just by getting rid of paper. I know I am not finished, as I am sure, I have some stashed in other places in my home. But I do feel like I got a fantastic start.
Although, I think I may have overworked my shredder 🙂 . At one point, it just stopped. I felt the top and it was hot to the touch. I turned her off, unplugged her and gave her a rest. I was hoping and praying she wasn’t dead because I needed her. After about an hour, she came back on. Very thankful! I ended the day with having shredded 5 tubs full. YES!!!
There will be more shredding to come when I finish off my paper organization goal by scanning and digitally storing all my paperwork. I am still not quite sure what to use. Any thoughts? Dropbox? Evernote? Any opinions on those out there? New ideas?
What are your goals for your paper organization? I would love to hear your stories! What has worked for you? What has not?
Just a note: A paper shredder can cause serious injury. Please be mindful of where you are using it and keep your children away. (Mine, which are older, were fascinated by it). Please turn it off and unplug it after use.
Blessings to you and your family! Happy Shredding!