Day 289: Thinking About Organising Paperwork, and Wondering Why I Have so Much of it

I didn’t get a chance to do much at all today in terms of clearing or tidying up. I had a few long zoom calls at work this morning, and then managed to grab a quick lunch before joining more calls this afternoon.

I had a productive day though and worked until almost 7pm… the reason being because I’m off work now until Tuesday afternoon and I wanted to make sure that I tied up any loose ends before logging off. It was a good feeling

After dinner, my daughter and I watched the final few episodes of Friends – it’s taken us 10 months to watch 10 seasons (I forgotten that it ran for 10 years from 1994 to 2004). It’s sad that they didn’t make any more. I’m not quite sure how we are going to spend our evenings now. We might need to start watching them again 😀.

There was plenty that I could do this evening but decided against it, and then I spotted the paperwork category in the spare room.

How much paperwork?

It looked like a mammoth exercise and so I sat there looking at it for a while imagining how I wanted to store and access paperwork in the future. I have no idea at the moment, but at least if I start to think about it, I might attract more thoughts.

I also have a filing cabinet unit that goes with the desk which I will eventually sell with the desk once we’re ready to let go of both (can’t do it at the moment otherwise my husband won’t have anywhere to work).

The filing cabinet is full of paperwork too – and shows evidence of a time in my life when I was good at organising things. The drop down files are alphabetically stored over two drawers. I’m not sure why I didn’t carry on putting paperwork in there. It could have been because I stacked things in front of it and couldn’t open the drawers (at a time when the spare room used to be full to the brim with clutter).

This evening wasn’t the right time to be sorting through anything, so I picked up just one file from the stack – CAR FILE – and opened it up to have a look at the contents.

It looks like I was very organised between 2003 and 2008 as this file had organised and labelled tabs etc. Why have I still got a file that’s over 10 years old that refers to cars that neither of us own anymore? As I write this, I’m trying to think of reasons why I might need the file. That’s how my mind works and that’s why I have so much clutter!

Anyway, enough of thinking about paperwork. Maybe over the next few days when I’m having some quiet time, new ideas of how to organise paperwork might pop into my head. I also need to get realistic about how much to keep.

Time for a salt bath, as my shoulders are feeling a bit stiff from sitting at my computer all day.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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8 Responses to Day 289: Thinking About Organising Paperwork, and Wondering Why I Have so Much of it

  1. I have read articles about how long to keep certain paperwork, I bet if you google the subject it will give you ideas. I just recently shredded all my kids college information they are 35 and 30!

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