The idea was that she wanted to tackle her paper clutter and she was asking others to join her. Although things didn’t quite go as planned for her, the goal was 60 minutes a day working on sorting, scanning, filing and shredding her paper clutter. There were a bunch of other bloggers that joined in. I don’t really have that sort of time to commit to the task these days, so I said I would try for 60 minutes a week… (I was thinking that I would work on it for an hour each weekend that occurred during the 3 week period.)
Of course, I have done some paper decluttering before… but unless you get a good system to keep the paper clutter at bay, it just piles up again… And so it has accumulated in our house once again… all over the place…
The first weekend I looked at some piles of paper… And I even stacked one pile on top of another… I may have even recycled a couple pieces… Big progress…
The second weekend I got distracted by finding some bugs in our kitchen cupboards, something I’m not so keen to admit… So, instead of paper decluttering, I cleaned out the cupboards and got rid of any food that wasn’t sealed (luckily only a few things like a really old bag of black rice) and also put few things that I no longer wanted/needed into my donation box.
This past weekend I decided that I needed to at least get things tidy in the living room, dining room and kitchen before we pull out the Christmas decorations. So I started by collecting all the papers that were lying around in those rooms and started to sort them. I ended up with quite a few things that I could just toss in the recycling bin, but also a good stack of things to file away.
In the end I didn’t exactly get everything as sorted and organized as I would have liked, but things were tidied up and the surfaces were clean and ready for decorations.
And so I have called my paper declutter challenge done for now… But I know I have a long way to go still… Just look at my desk… This should really be my next project…
Have you done any decluttering lately? Do you declutter a bit before putting up the holiday decorations?