Wednesday, 16 January 2008

I Should Have Been a Secretary

My husband James handles paying the bills at our house so I don’t have to mess with any of that. He does, however, drop a ton of paperwork onto my desk every week. Stuff that has to be filed….notices from school and insurance companies and other papers that need my attention. They pile up on my desk mostly forgotten until the stack is so high it starts sliding off onto the floor. At that point I usually re stack them. Notice that I didn’t do anything with the papers; I simply put the largest things on the bottom and make the pile neater. This usually goes on until we have company over whom I think would be alarmed at my untidy desk. I then find a cardboard box and empty all the papers into it. I take the box and stick it in the laundry room. The first time I did this I worried for days about all the undone mail and what disaster would befall us because of my negligence. Nothing bad happened. So, I did it again. And again. There are 4 or 5 boxes of mail in the laundry room now.

Every once in a long while I have to dig through the boxes but other than that, it’s been great. In the back of my mind, somewhere, I have a small worry that something catastrophic has been overlooked. But it’s not a big enough worry to ruin the enjoyment of a nice clean desk.

I have lots of other home organization tips, just ask!


Emily said...

HA, (me pointing a finger at you) So you're NOT perfect.

I knew it.

smallgreenriver said...

In the offices I've worked in we called it "pile management" and we had desk drawers to stuff it all in. The key to a good filing system is being able to find it. I never give you anything that requires action, I first knew your system when I first tripped over one of the boxes.

jen said...

Oh geez... just reading this makes me nervous. I think if my kids were all homeschooled I could take on this philosophy. Hmmmmm, maybe I am just a wee bit uptight. Yep, that is it. I'll work on that. lol

KarenW said...

At least you have a system! Paperwork drives me crazy and it seems there's never an end. Love your new header!

PJ said...

Love the getting rid of the mail!!! My desk is a wreck of piles! I may find some shoe boxes soon!