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Tidying house

August 4th, 2006 at 08:44 am

I stayed up super late last night, trying for the 10,000 time to organize my place. The motivation? I ran out of checks and I was looking through all my old checkbooks to see if I had any extras. I found a few, and spent what seemed like forever going through old statements, bills, etc. I'm usually a DIY'er, but I think I might have to break down and use a shredding service, because I ended up with a huge box of stuff that needs to be destroyed.

One of my goals for 2006 is to get rid of all the extraneous stuff in my home. I have so much random junk, which is really ridiculous, as most of it was given to me by my packrat relatives. At the time I thought they were being helpful, but I think they felt guilty about tossing their stuff so they passed it along.

I was going to have a garage sale, but the items aren't that great and I really don't see myself doing it alone. So I'm packing some bags for the thrift store, and I'm rethinking my purchases: if I'm not going to use it a lot, I'm not going to get it.

2 Responses to “Tidying house”

  1. daybyday Says:

    I finally bought a small, inexpensive shredder a few months ago and got rid of years of stuff. It took several shredding sessions over several days to get it all done. But it felt great when I finished!

  2. LdyFaile Says:

    I found when I started shredding stuff that not everything needed to be shredded, just parts of things. Took forever to go through it all, and our shredder is tempermental, but I finally got to the point where I was going through my pile of 'to be shredded' and ripping pages up into three pieces so I could shred just the part of the paper that really needed to be shredded and recycling the rest. By making small piles of papers to be shredded, and then shredding them once I had made 10 piles, I was able to give my shredder the break it needed and got done a lot faster. I'm not looking forward to the 15 boxes I have in storage just filled with paper from me not throwing away all those credit card offers I used to get.

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