Question: How can you tell when it’s time to clean out, organize, and sort through household files? Answer: When you go to file something and the drawer breaks because it’s too full.
Yes, for this week’s home organization project – yes, that’s week #51 of our weekly home organization project – we did our household files. Well, let me rephrase that. We are doing them right now.
After the file drawer broke and we had to take all of the files out to get the drawer back into the cabinet, we both agreed (one of us more readily than the other) that this week’s project should be a major purge and clean out.
Once the Christmas wrapping paper got recycled, I dragged the file cabinet and shredder out to the living room and said, “Let’s make it fun and do the project here. And, let’s have a fire to really make it fun.” I love making tasks fun.
Plus, I’m all about getting this project done because really – how many electric bill statements do we really need to keep? Bank statements? Mortgage statements? Elementary school information – when our kids are both in high school? You know what I mean….
It’s not a very good project, as in there’s no glamor in it and it won’t look pretty. Even I probably won’t open the drawer to say, “Oh, look how good our file drawers look.” But, I’ll know they’re done and the drawer will work.
The best part? This may not be done today but tomorrow we can finish it. That’s the plus side to bringing the mess out of our office (here’s when we cleaned out and organized the office supplies) and into the living room. It has to get done. Period.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas! What’s your home organization project this week?