Over the years I have developed a sophisticated, creative and comprehensive filing system, fairly impenetrable to anyone else. And now, fairly inaccessible to me.
A major weeding project is underway. The Bank sends out print statements, but all the information is available online, equally so with utility and tax bills. Do I need to keep them? Clearly there is a need to keep legal documents but what else?
There are those useful scraps of paper you keep in case you need them, catalogues, programmes of forthcoming events, holiday information and the occasional personal letter and postcard. These don’t file easily, so there they sit.
Besides my confusion, the main downside of this is that many of the papers need shredding. I am a self-confessed abuser of shredders and have just finished off my third. So confidential papers sit, waiting their fate, in a big blue bag for easy identification.
Papers that cannot be discarded are now decanted to the dining room table. Most are now sorted and classified and ready to be filed, but they remain where they are because nowadays I prefer things to be in the open where I can find them easily. If my dad were alive now, he would be saying ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’.
I’m no longer sure what that place should be. Maybe the traditional filing system is old-fashioned. Do we need to keep so much paper?
What do other people do?
Mobile Geriatrics, Wendy and Roger Pepper gave excellent talk at the U3A in Harborne this week. Wendy is partially sighted and the story of their travels is fascinating especially of them of them skiing together. Their blog is worth a look. /
Reading on Kindle, The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan, free on Kindle. Amusing, easy read, detective story about autistic art investigator Genevieve Lenard.