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Old 02-24-2007, 08:33 AM
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I too have a paper pile up problem! A plus right now is dh realizes WE have a paper problem and HE is wanting to do his part. I have to get in gear now.
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Old 02-24-2007, 10:43 AM
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Paper problems are common in our family as well. I have so many temporary files it's not funny. I plan on sorting & shredding one drawer at a time in 15 minute increments.

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Old 02-24-2007, 12:19 PM
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I checked out one file drawer while waiting for this page to load. Looks like I haven't filed much since 04. I bet it was more like 02. considering that is when my health problems started, no wonder I am overwhelmed. A little at a time.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:19 AM
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It may well be that the toughest part is knowing what to keep and what to toss. I keep all our tax returns and info, plus dh insists on keeping all his paycheck stubs. There actually have been times, years later, when he needed them. But everything like that is in a file cabinet. I kept my college algebra textbook and work for more years than I care to say--kept thinking I would need them. Finally tossed them 2 or 3 years ago.
The best part of tossing stuff is that it is so liberating! Also, you don't miss it. It is definitely a weight off you.
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I dont know, to me it feels like tossing my school textbook feels like tossing the money that I spent on the book. The same as tossing my school papers. I tried flylady but could not do it. I work full time, have children, go to school part-time and volunteer part-time so not sure where to insert the flylady.
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:57 AM
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I haven't parted with many of my school textbooks either. My excuse has always been that I am a teacher (though I'm not working as one!!!) so I "might need them" someday. I have 2 file drawers full of notes, papers, etc as well. I will say that I have used many of this in my teaching and tutoring days in the past--and now that Big DS is in high school I am allowing him to use my resource materials as well. Just yesterday he was using 3 or 4 of my old books as reference for a school report.

My desk has stayed neat for almost a week now so I'm happy about that! And I figured out over the weekend that if I keep my day planner in the KITCHEN instead of next to the computer I get a LOT more done. I tend to get distracted by the computer if I come near it to check my planner
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