Day 365: Moving the Filing Cabinet, and Realising That the Real Me Isn’t Surrounded By Clutter and Stress

If it wasn’t a leap year, today would have been the final day of my 2020 challenge; however, as it turns out I have an extra day to clear something. How about that! There are still a few things left on my list that I want to achieve by the end of the year, or to at least have set the wheels in motion for next year.

After work this afternoon, I cooked two meals: chilli con carne and lasagne (a sneaky move to stop me having to cook on New Year’s Eve). I then had some quiet time reading and reflecting on the questions on Day 3 in A Year to Clear by Stephanie Bennett Vogt.

The daily exploring exercises are already stirring the thoughts in my head and making me realise that there’s someone quite calm inside me waiting for the clutter and stress to disappear, and I’m in control of that. I’ve had moments of clarity and calmness throughout this year already, but now I understand that this is the real me. It’s quite encouraging and very exciting.

What did I clear today?

One of the things on my list of ‘must dos’ before the end of the year is to move the old filing cabinet out of my daughter’s new room. I don’t really know why it was still in there other than the fact that when the desk got moved to our bedroom (so that my husband could use it to work) the filing cabinet got left behind. I then piled old sheets and plastic covers on top of it because we still have a bit of painting to do in my daughter’s room (something we said we might do over the weekend).

Moving the filing cabinet

I also remembered that there was no room for the filing cabinet in our bedroom, and because we’d rather sell the matching desk and cabinet together, I needed to find somewhere for the heavy thing to live until we are ready to sell it (whenever that may be).

So, where did I put it?

With careful thought, I moved it to the study; my lovely new and almost tidy room. I know what you’re thinking… I’m filling the room up again, but I had a bit of a plan. Paperwork and filing is on my list for January and I currently don’t have anywhere to put papers once I’ve sorted them all. Although this cabinet is already filled with ‘old’ filing, it will give me the opportunity to go through it if it’s in the same room as my desk.

I’m also making the assumption that most of the papers in the filing cabinet will be discarded, leaving room for more up to date filing. The two drawer cabinet has hanging files so I’ll be able to easily drop papers into the folders with no hole punching required. Nice and easy! I might still need to have a few lever arch files in the desk cupboard, but I’ll work all that out when I start the mammoth task of paperwork. Looking forward to that joy… not!

Anyway, my daughter was happy that she had a clear space in the corner of her room for the first time since she moved in there, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she uses it for.

That’s all for today. Tomorrow will be the final day of my 2020 challenge, so it might be a long post as I have a lot of thoughts going around in my head to sum up the year. I might need to start writing it early as I’ll want to have finished and posted it before we start seeing in the New Year 🎉🍾.

Hope you’ve all had a good 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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2 Responses to Day 365: Moving the Filing Cabinet, and Realising That the Real Me Isn’t Surrounded By Clutter and Stress

  1. The New Year is always my favorite time to go through paperwork, shred and discard old stuff. I enter into the year feeling lighter. I have been keeping up with the monthly shredding in the past 6 months so it may not be as large a job as usual. I just need to get over the fear that I will need some of the old paperwork.

  2. Pingback: Checking up on My 2020 Processes: Filing Receipts | Sandra Madeira

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