Simplify Sunday- Purging the Files

filingSo, if we’re being honest, and obviously we are- I had a rough week. Nothing serious, just too little time, too little sleep, too much cold not going away. I thought to myself about how I’m behind and hadn’t prepared anything for Simplify Sunday. I thought, I am almost done with the closets! I’ll just finish that, it will be so easy.

Ah hahahahaha. First I opened the guest closet, which was all done except for the Christmas box. I had told myself that I didn’t need to go through that, since I use it all. That is only sort of true. The worst kind of lies are the kind you tell yourselves, remember that! 🙂 I opened the box. There are two people in my household, and two dogs. We need four stockings, and that’s if I’m being generous because I’m pretty sure not everyone has stockings for their pets… uhh. Putting that aside, okay, I needed to get rid of four extra stockings. I also got rid of decorations and ornaments I don’t actually like or couldn’t remember where I got them. I like these things for the memories behind them, so that was a good decision maker for me.

Once that was done, I went to the downstairs closet. I couldn’t find much to get rid of, mostly just folded some blankets. THEN I realized that my safe aka filing cabinet is in the bottom of the closet. I needed to catch up on filing, and then go through everything and purge what was out of date or garbage. Everything on the floor in the picture above was shredded if needed, and recycled. I absolutely detest going through paperwork. After that I was feeling quite pleased with myself, so I rode that high and emptied out the shredder (involves cleaning the floor because I ALWAYS spill it all over the country) and did the ironing (ironing side note- J asked me yesterday why there is a permanent basket of laundry on top of the dryer. I was not pleased with this question and decided it was clearly time to do the ironing…). I finished up by quickly going through everything that has already been done and making sure no new garbage had snuck back in. So much for my quick minimalizing!

Total donated this week: one large kitchen bag equaling $42. Recycled a huge stack of papers and got my files organized. Got several dumb chores done. Feeling pretty good!