Following on from my previous blogs, I am starting on the initial steps of my de-cluttering campaign. Yes that’s right, it’s going to be a war ! (You can see my other blogs on this theme by clicking on “Clutter” in the TAG CLOUD).
I thought I should try to achieve some easy wins, so I began with my office. It is untidy to say the least —- stacked high with papers, shelves of rarely referred to reference books, drawers full of age-old files and other drawers with every conceivable office accessory. It’s a daunting place to start and I have had several goes at it before, usually as a result of a vainglorious New Years resolutions.
Whatever happened to the administrative revolution that was supposed to follow the advent of the computer age? The paperless office seems to have passed me by.
My office has beaten me before so let’s try an even smaller step:-
step 1 – scope the problem :-
To start with I have 57 brown A4 envelopes which I must have been saving for a mass mail out I was planning to do when I retired six years ago, although I now cannot remember what on earth for. Just in case I hadn’t got that much to say, I have a further 50 small brown envelopes. For posher friends I use white envelopes, so that my mail doesn’t look like a tax demand, for them I have 540 self seal 110 x 220 mm envelopes. Looking at the total number of envelopes I must have more friends than I thought, but at least I will save on all that licking. The cost of the postage alone would have been enough to bankrupt me!
I haven’t yet mentioned the 100 vellum laid cream envelopes with peel and seal, which we use to match our cream headed note paper. Nor should I forget the 30 or so assorted sizes of bubble-wrap lined envelopes, which we use for the occasional, very occasional, special package.
That is 777 envelopes all together
(* I didn’t really count all these envelopes, the numbers are my best guesstimates, but my managerial training taught me to measure everything.)
Perhaps I should say at this point, that I haven’t sent a letter to anyone for years, except for a few Christmas cards, which come with their own individual envelopes.
I reckon if I keep an assortment of 20 envelopes that should last me for at least a year.
So has anybody got any good ideas for disposing of 757 envelopes ??????