I’ve spent the week cleaning out my files. This was the result of reading a book called Organizing Solutions for People with AHDH. I’m not AHDH, but I am right-brained, so there are some similar organizational challenges. Filing has been a particular headache because it always seems so overly complex, and honestly, the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time on it.
The book focuses on simplifying filing, and also getting rid of what I don’t need. That’s where I’ve been—going through what I do have and purging. I’ve had horror stories with filing, so much so that at one point I purchased a filing system.
The system was color coded and worked pretty good, but over time, I began to find it overly complex. Instead of using it, I started to pile because that was easier.
I’m cleaning out those piles now. And hitting the folders in that filing system, and in most cases, getting rid of it.
I’m also finding old documents buried in the files, like receipts from 2004. Yeah, it’s about time I got rid of that.
It’s been surprising to see how easy it’s been to accumulate papers because I might need them one day or I wasn’t sure what to save. I was reading some message board posts the other day about someone taking very detailed notes from a conference so he could refer back them, and I found a file folder of notes from workshops I’d taken 3 years ago and never touched.
Sometimes it’s best not to let it get in there in the first place.