Did you join me for the May Paper Purge Challenge?
For me, doing a paper purge for the month was an interesting opportunity. I was able to recycle a LOT of references including warranties for items we do not have any more, resources I had previously clipped and empty file folders. I stopped counting at three copy boxes worth of recycling. That is what happens when you skip your annual paper review for multiple years. And this was in addition to purging tax and financial records in April when we had an opportunity to participate in a shred event.
Here are some things that I learned during this process.
- I still need to reduce the amount of paper I keep/file for reference purposes.
- I need to be intentional about saving papers and if I do, consider scanning them instead of filing them.
- I need to schedule (NOW) and keep my time to do an annual paper review.
- I love and appreciate Pinterest even more. I use it as an idea file.
- I need to reset a limit on space for files to encourage me to purge more often.
- I need to stop papers from coming into the house by continuing to convert more processes to electronic.
Although I scheduled this paper purge on my calendar with the intention of doing something every day, I found that I did it more in batches of time once or twice a week. That worked better in my schedule this month. What I did do daily was manage the incoming mail to reduce paper piles from starting. And for me setting this as a one-month challenge/goal worked since it felt doable.
What did you learn?