My de-cluttering efforts continue with another assault on papers stacked up in my office. (You can see my other blogs on this theme by clicking on “Clutter” in the TAG CLOUD).
When I retired, I brought some bad habits with me and set up a pending tray in my office. Just like all my earlier ones, it was full from the start. BIG MISTAKE !
Everyone has a pending tray, I had one when I was at work. Mine filled up in no time at all and for the next thirty years, was never empty again. Indeed it overflowed into a heap of papers in my PA’s office >> and eventually into a cupboard >>>> then into an archive room >>>>>and finally into a Portacabin in the car park outside. After I retired the Portacabin was taken away and destroyed in my memory, —- or perhaps in went to the rubbish tip.
So today, I am going to sort my overflowing pending tray. After checking to see that there are no £1 notes in there, I’m going to throw the rest away. Here goes:-
1. A Leicester Tigers Programme from 2015 – last season, nothing special about the match, but I kept it anyway. I probably have several more in drawers around the house, or in my jacket pockets, or in my car, none of which I will never read again. An obvious throw-away unless I plan too keep them for 100 years until they are a collector’s item. That would truly be a long-term investment plan.
2. A clip full of scrap paper for jotting down notes/phone numbers/ addresses/ reminders/ anything really. Just as long as you are prepared to lose it it the pile of papers. It is another sort of filing — ” Out Of Sight Out Of Mind Filing”. It gives the impression of being organised, but is nothing of the sort. Some bits of paper disappear for so long that you cannot recall what the note was about 😒 So I think I should SCRAP all my scrap paper.
3. A £10 gift voucher for a shirt, from when I last bought a shirt. The catch is that you can only redeem it if you spend another £50 on more shirts. Anyway it expired six months ago. So that can go in the bin too.
4. More vouchers, from a local garden centre, sent to me in the winter and to be used by March 31st 2016. Obviously you have to have a time schedule for spending all these vouchers, which does not exactly fit with my idea of a relaxed retirement. I don’t think I am a voucher person 😄 Since it is now December 2016 and I’ve missed the expiry date, this is another one for the bin.
5. Unsolicited charity letters asking for a donation. Once you give them money for the first time and provide them with your details, you are on their limpet-like data base. You become their “friend” for life ! You can never “unsubscribe”. Like the Hotel California ” you can never leave” This de-cluttering is fun —- so much fun — I am almost beginning to enjoy it 😄
Thank you Walt and George for starting me down this trail of tears. My hour of happiness is over. I will start again tomorrow on the never-ending-pending tray.