In yesterday’s blog I talked about the need to do some spring cleaning to help us de-clutter, organize, and clean-up. And I can honestly say that I have been living by my own words and working like crazy to get through the piles of clutter and bring order back to the chaos.
As I went through what felt to be the thousandth stack of papers the only think I could think was, “How in the heck did I ever let things get this bad?! And why the heck did I not just throw things away at the time?!” It was ridiculous how many stack I had. There were all kinds of useless random papers that served absolutely no purpose whatsoever with absolutely no reason to keep them, yet for some unexplainable reason I had decided at the time to throw them into stacks of other useless papers on my desk instead of throwing them away. I had literally collected more and more useless paperwork to the point that my desk had become totally unusable. It was covered in piles of paper.
As I sat going through each pile, feeding my paper shredder the meal of a lifetime I realized that things had to change. I can no longer be a paper hoarder! I had to figure out why I had let things get so bad…here’s what I realized:
It’s funny how hard it can feel to throw papers away at the time you get them…it’s almost as if throwing them away right then and there would be saying that the information shared with you on those pages had been meaningless to you…like a slap in the face to whoever took the time to print them off and hand them to you…so as I sit and ponder why the heck I’ve kept so many piles of papers I’m recognizing that it’s been my way of politely showing that I cared…which sitting here now I realize is THE DUMBEST THING EVER!
So yeah…I’m definitely over that…from now on it is right to the paper shredder for anything I don’t need to keep. Not because I don’t care, but because I never, ever, and I do mean EVER, want to have to go through this many piles of paper in my life again!
~Amy Rees Anderson