Only handle it once. I wish I’d known that twenty years ago – but I didn’t. Oh, I used to be organised. I didn’t have any paper clutter, because I filed all those papers.
You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? Bank statements, paid bills, certificates (both important and unimportant), letters, notifications… everything. By the time I got married I had a beautifully organised collection of papers, and I was sure I could keep it up.
I was wrong. I had children. And a border-hoarder husband. My life became busier and more chaotic than it had ever been before. And somewhere along the way I lost the organisation. My papers piled up and became paper clutter. And even though I found the FlyLady about a decade ago, I was never brave enough to really deal with the paper clutter. Until yesterday.
Yesterday I spent my day of unplugging sorting through piles and piles of paper clutter with DD-19. Today I went through even more piles of paper clutter, and now most of it is dealt with.
Two shelves in my bookcases were filled with paper clutter. Today that’s been reduced to only one. One entire cabinet was filled with paper clutter. It sits empty now. Let me repeat that: EMPTY. How cool is that? My printer cabinet was filled with paper clutter. Now it houses a container with DD-14’s home-ed stuff, a container with my writing stuff, and a tray with empty file folders – which we’ll most likely use again for DD-14’s home-ed projects after the summer holidays.
My desk is free of paper clutter. And wouldn’t it be lovely if it would stay that way?
Oh, and the girls got to build a nice bonfire. They kept it going for a very long time.
Even the rain couldn’t stop them. Because my pyromaniac girls just love playing with fire.
Me? I like a good fire too. But I like even more how we are gradually getting closer to our ultimate goal: Becoming minimalists. Or maybe, maybe we are minimalists already – just not on the outside. Yet.
We are getting there. Little by little. One babystep at a time. Just like the FlyLady taught us.