there is hardly anything wrong with me. i would especially not be a hoarder. i mean, psh. that’s gross.

I am a hoarder?!

There, I said it?

Well, I was in danger of becoming one. A more attractive, “normal-people-friendly” way of saying it is something more like: “I can be a bit of a packrat.”

Paper mess is pretty much my biggest culprit. DO NOT LET YOUR MAIL STACK UP. DO NOT HOLD ON TO OLD THINGS LIKE LETTERS, ARTICLES, PAYSTUBS, CLIPPINGS, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY JUNK MAIL! Oh, wait, also RECEIPTS. You don’t hang on to those, right? If you do need to, do it short-term, and if you’re hanging on to them for business or tax purposes, you better be organized and up-to-date.

Today I probably spent 3 hours going through this hellish little project. I call it Ikea bag of Idon’tknowwhatorwhy.

Bag of Paper n Crap (about an hour in to sorting/shredding!)

Bag of Paper n Crap (about an hour in to sorting/shredding!)

I had moved this heavy thing the last two moves, filled with an assortment of more than I care to describe (plus I’m 3 minutes out from the next hour passing in this blogging spree!)

Anyway, eventually it looked like this:

Bag o Paper n Crap somewhat sorted - after ~3 hours I had to neatly put it back to finish later!

Bag o Paper n Crap somewhat sorted – after ~3 hours I had to neatly put it back to finish later!

That means I sorted all the paper crap, put it into appropriate files, starting going through and shredding/sorting receipts, mostly trashing every other item, and getting rid of or putting other stuff in its appropriate place.

I’ve decided to be more honest in this blog, so I guess I’ll have to admit to some of my imperfections. It’s a little easier knowing it will only get better, and that’s how I want my life to go!

(P.S. To categorize this in the “ways to save a buck or two” I’ll say that if you keep on top of your clutter you will save thousands, maybe millions. I mean, I can’t tell you how many coupons I’ve held onto that just sat, and expired! Gift cards too!!)

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