Well I can guar-an-tee there is no dead cat in there, because TAH-DAH!
What you're lookin' at right there, THAT is a four-hour project. Once I put my mind to a project I don't typically doodle daddle. But this one? Uff dah.
In case it is useful to anyone, I thought I would share the details!
I decided to go electronic for a number of previously paper files. We have a 3-in-1 printer so scanning is lickety split. Or I just snap a photo with my phone--clickety split!
- Scanned then tossed all tax paperwork. I do our taxes electronically anyway so I didn't have too much paper.
- Scanned then tossed most insurance and investment paperwork
- I plan to scan and toss paid bill stubs. I have been just throwing these but that probably isn't the best system!
- Scanned and tossed a bunch of sketches, business cards, kids' activity info, and saved inspiration into Evernote
Pretty much the only thing I ended up keeping in paper files were instruction manuals and a few more lengthy documents about the house or insurance. I went through and saved only the manuals we might actually need. I had manuals for everything--like the Exersaucer for goodness sake! Hello, a baby can operate that. I organized them into plastic accordion files and put them in the file drawer. (Which I have to lock, by the way, since apparently digging around in a file drawer is way more exciting than playing in an adjacent room stuffed with toys! But that's a whole other issue.)
For the moment, I also saved all my medical files in an accordion folder. I was just feeling lazy about those. But I plan on scanning them in too.
I also found firesafe-worthy documents just hanging out on my desk--so I got those tucked away properly.
This is the heart of the problem--mail, school papers, my precious Entertainment Weeklies, dead cats... you know what I'm talking about. I labeled our 6 sorters in the cupboard:
- Unpaid Bills
- To Be Filed (paper or scan)
- RSVPs & Calendar (invitations or reminders)
- Stamps (these are here because we keep them away from the kids and then can never find them the two times a year that we need one)
- Menus (and menu-related coupons, like pizza coupons)
- For Scrapbooking (this is for little things)
I put two letter-size trays on the shelf above, labeled Bella and Emily, for the school projects they bring home that I want to either save or decide about later.
I put a magazine file on the desk for my "To Read" file. That is where Entertainment Weekly and my 40 catalogs per week go.
I also added a little IKEA tray on the counter as the place where I put my phone and my camera. Two things I am always running around the house unable to find. "Whhheeeerrrrreee'ss my CAMmmmmmerrrraaaaa???"
So. I officially declare Operation Desk Recovery a success! Now back to my perfect life! ;)