It is time to add all the paperwork problems to my master list. Please, tell me I’m not the only one who has problems with paperwork. I file it, I shred (sometimes), I trash it, I recycle it, I attempt the only touch it once rule (and then end up with a huge pile of I don’t know what to do with it papers that I can’t touch?), and it still grows and spreads throughout our home.
As I sit at my desk typing this post, I have paperwork to the left of me, paperwork to the right of me, and a file box on top of the computer, my kid’s school photo envelope and more paperwork the other kid brought home from church last night on top of the printer as is a pillow sham (blaming the husband for that one). I can’t see beside the computer desk but I know it’s lurking over there as well. A pile of papers on top of photo boxes that need to find a home (note: they are full of photos). There are even papers behind me waiting for a proper sort when I return to working on my much neglected ancestry research.
Sadly, I don’t know why most of these papers surrounding me are here. I would call that a paperwork problem wouldn’t you?
I wish I could tell you the papers are confined to this one area in our home. They are not. The kitchen table is currently awash in papers that have collected there all week. The calendar pocket is filling up fast with school forms and papers that I need to review and probably return (hopefully, they weren’t due last week!). The fridge is covered in “important” papers like phone numbers and cleaning checklists (ha!) plus our bill paying caddy that is currently holding a small amount of the “I don’t know what to do with it?” papers. I did clear a decent amount of that out this summer. The living room always collects a small amount of paper (as you saw in yesterday’s photo of the couch) but they are usually moved to the kitchen table or recycle bin soon enough. The other places paper collects is in the boys’ rooms. Most of that is school work related or something they are making. I don’t worry too much about those papers unless they start to invade my space.
All that is just the papers you can see. I also have hidden paperwork problems. The filed and then, expired coupons. I’ve pretty much quit cutting coupons but my husband has a tool store that constantly sends them and he insists we keep them. We have food place coupons that we keep with good intentions until they expire. There are school projects and grade cards for the boys. Seriously, do I really need to keep their grade cards? Why? There are instruction books and warranty information, receipts, and cards that should have been sent long ago. Can anyone else relate?
I realize some of it is my own fault. I didn’t grow up in the digital age and so I still crave the security of paper proof at times. I pay our bills online but I insist they send me my bills through they mail (hey, I’m doing my part to keep the post office in business). I like my magazines in paper form.
I’m pretty sure I could spend the entire month on paperwork problems but I know I’d lose interest very soon and not follow through with it. I’m going to focus on visible paperwork problems and trust myself not to let them turn into hidden paperwork problems.
My follow through task for today (really, I should have tackled it yesterday with the house cleaning but I was running low on energy) is to clear the kitchen table of its paper pile. Hopefully, most of it can go straight to the recycle bin. What one thing are you committing to crossing off your list today? Also, am I the only one with a “I have no idea what to do with this paper” pile? What do you do with those?
This post is part of the 31 Days of Follow Through Series.