February 3, 2008
What the heck? Why is there so much paper in my house? Bank statements, credit card statements, insurance information, medical bills, phone bills, electric bills. Holy shamoly!
While I’ve switched to paperless billing and statement-ing wherever I can, I’m still suffering from paper overload. I just spent an hour and a half sorting through a vanity drawer stuffed with the abovementioned paper items. Most of these things were what I deemed to be keepables. Realistically, though: do I need to keep a bank statement from July 2004? A little help for the Living Smaller, if you please.
Update, 2/4: Two things.
1) I tried to return my pristine paystub envelopes — which I receive despite my long-ago sign-on for direct deposit, which I naively assumed would render paper checks unnecessary — but the finance department at my place of employ denied them. And, to add insult to injury, they said the company from whence my paychecks come will not accept the envelopes, either. So it looks like I’ll have to send my infrequent bits of outgoing mail in windowed Paychex, Inc., envelopes. Friends, await my epistles.
2) A coworker mentioned this calendar, which doubles as a file folder, thus eliminating the need for an overstuffed vanity drawer, for example:
Now, I already have my standard issue Elvis calendar, but maybe I can finagle some kind of EP Filing System. Perhaps I’ll use those porthole paycheck envelopes.