I have a mountain of clippings to go through. But I have created a method for doing the index Have organized the indices into a binder, etc.
Am I done? Not even close.
At the end of this, however, when I want the info about that off the grid house, I should be able to actually find it, and that will help quite a bit!
Tbere are still many papers to sort. And I need more of the composition books I’m using for scrapbooks. Just the same? I’m pleased with the effort and the paper bin is getting “fed” regularly!
Posted in behaviors, cleaning up, Culling, dehoarding, Digging Out from Under, Getting Organized, Hoarding, Making Home
Tagged getting stuff done, PAPER STORAGE!!!, paperwork, purging
I have notebooks, pages, cards, file boxes of various sorts, tracking what I do or want to do. It’s a mess.
I started an index today with the idea that I will cull/organize the mountain of paper into a usable tool, or set of tools. Since this incorporates several years (decades?) of planning, successful and not, it’s not a small task and will take me some time. A week or perhaps longer. I took a pic of the dining table awash in paper, but have to download it.
It occurred to me that I’m overwhelmed with the various tasks I’ve set myself. The cull and clean up of the house and stuff is a daunting task. Also, I have these various bits and pieces which worked (and didn’t). I don’t want to throw away work when I don’t have to, but have no need to keep it all forever, either.
So, it begins!
- Loose-leaf binders for the seven levels of stuff cleaning plan. (2)
- Teacher’s attendance notebooks, also used for the seven levels. (2)
- Monthly Notebooks, for filing things which are done that way (12)
- Category Notebooks, for filing clippings (5, I think?)
- File boxes for the monthly notebooks (2)
- Garden clippings and book in another file box (1)
- Various cards, card pockets, and files (?)
I’m not sure what I missed, but I’m sure there are pieces not included in the list above.
It’s a mess.
Posted in cleaning up, Culling, dehoarding, Digging Out from Under, Goals, Making Home, Notebooks, organization, paperwork, Planning, projects, sale calendars, scheduling, Storage, stuff
Tagged culling it down, figuring it out, order out of chaos, paper chaos, paper organization, PAPER STORAGE!!!, pulling it together, reorganization, too much!
I spent part of today going though a box of papers. [Papers and books make up much of the boxed “stuff” here.]
(from images.google.com, image is NOT mine!)
I found our original mortgage paperwork, from 1982? Why we still had this I don’t know. The only thing I can think of is that until a while back, I just moved boxes back and forth mostly and didn’t go through them often, so this got moved, from California to Georgia to Florida to New England and then within New England, until I found these papers again, today.
Out they go into the shredding pile!
One more foray into the stack of boxes found something long missing: the photo album. Now I can file the pics in one or two manila envelopes here which have been waiting for this event.
Posted in backlog, cleaning, cleaning up, Culling, Dealing with Tech., dehoarding, Getting Organized, healing, home improvements, Making Home, minimalism, New Habits, old fashioned housewifery, organization, paperwork, projects, self-interest, Storage, stuff, unexpected results
Tagged culling, paper purge, PAPER STORAGE!!!, paperwork, Today's work
What I did: took all the art paper sheets 8.5 x 11 and filed them. Put the other paper up on the bookcase next to the 8.5 x 11 file. Realized in order to see what I had, I needed some way to organize the larger paper. I was early for my tutoring class. The route goes by the local used office fixture/furniture store; I stopped.
I bought 2 paper organizers. They should solve this problem. One thing I determined before I started was that I would not buy things before I was sure I had a problem to fix. I have a problem. I think I fixed it. It’s worth deducting 2 from my total as it will mean I won’t have a precarious stack of paper, on edge, which I can’t see unless I take all of it down. Stacks like this are prone to slipping (has before) and that creates more work. The pieces I bought will hopefully fix this! The store has one more organizer. If I need it, I’m tutoring again tomorrow; I’ll stop!
I filled one immediately. We’ll see if I fill the 2nd after dinner?
Posted in cleaning up, Culling, Digging Out from Under, future plans, Getting Organized, Goals, organization, Planning, projects
Tagged bookcase organization, construction paper storage, journal organization, notebook paper storage, paper organization, PAPER STORAGE!!!, scrapbooking paper storage, wrapping paper storage