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Saturday
Feb222014

The Staple Queen resides here...

This was the year I decided those boxes and boxes of paper records in the attic finally had to go.   People who have been born in the digital age won't understand, but back when we first moved to North Carolina in 1998, everything came to you by mail and you keep all of it for 'tax purposes'.

Eleven boxes of 'stuff' came out.   It took over three weekends of unstapling a million pieces of paper and two people working at it.  Yes, I know the shredder says it can take staples,  but since it was new and I didn't want to burn it out on the first hour ... well what can I say. 

As Miss 'organizer extraordinare', everything was saved in neat little piles stapled by month, quarter or year.  Every bank statement was reconciled and of course had the printed summary sheet...  Every sales receipt was stapled to its credit card statement.  Every tax return from ten years ago was there.  Do I need to go on.

It did lead down memory lane.  I found the statements to the money market where we saved over 20 years and how it was depleted in under a year for my daughters wedding.  A truly wonderful day and great son-in-law was added to our family.

My sons records from high school for winning Technology Awards, many times over.  Car insurance bills when he was 18 (maybe just to remind how expensive a young male can be).  Early tax returns for each of them as well.  

I did keep a very small pile for both of them so they could reminisce with me.   For my husband, his maintenance receipts of his beloved 'red car' that we sold several years ago brought back memories...goodbye all car records, my own as well.    As for me, my college loans that were paid off years ago,  veterinary bills for cats that had long passed and were missed, travel receipts to far away places. Gone, Gone and gone.

And of course the years and years of paper stuff that were now being shredded in every opportunity- so far six huge bags and going.   Never again.  Hey, did you know you are suppose to oil your shredder? Found that out after about three bags worth...out came the vegetable oil - the recommended item.

About six months ago I found the 'double sided' print feature on my cheapo printer.  That has saved many trees and no need to staple anymore.   Mostly all the bills are now coming digitally, and I don't bother to print them- I know I can find them later.   Everything is on 'auto' pilot- if I can sign up to stop paper- I'm right there now.      I am happy to give up my title, give up the paper mounds and stick to one binder I use per year that has all the absolutely necessary info.  

Bye Bye storage cartons. I'm filling each of you with items for goodwill and out the door you go.

Ok.. back to the pile of shredding. I'm on a role now and looking in every draw for possiblle sources that can be eaten up and spit out as lovely little colorful shred of paper.    Maybe you will follow my lead?

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