Tonight, I started the arduous process of tackling my very own personal Mt. Everest. Behold, my mountain.
I loathe and despise filing. I doubly loathe and despise shredding documents that have sensitive personal information on them (which is A LOT of documents!). Before we joined the Army, I did the big purge of ’06 and cleaned out the filing cabinet and just reorganized mounds of paperwork. I have not repeated the exercise since. (And we’ve moved like 4 times since then)
The mound of Mt. Everest you see pictured above is no joke. The filing cabinet is overflowing with bulging folders jam-packed with years of paperwork. Those two little file boxes next to the filing cabinet? Those are my “overflow” boxes. The folders didn’t even have labels! Stuff was just crammed in there. ARGH! I think I’m probably making the Type A people cringe with pain right now.
Yup. I am that girl. I throw it all into a big pile on the floor of my walk in closet and just close the door. There! I said it! I CONFESS!
However, something has gotten in to me (finally) to where I can’t stand it anymore. It’s driving me insane. So tonight, I began the process of tackling the mountain.
I got through the stack that was on my floor in my closet (oh…you thought I was kidding about that? No, no!) and the two “overflow” filing boxes. And then…my shredder pooped out.
But I fixed it! Sort of. Appaaaaaaarently, when you are shredding like a mad fiend, you can heat the motor up on the shredder and it needs to cool in between going in forward and reverse, and forward and reverse, and forward and reverse. 😀
After 2 solid hours of shredding I decided that was all I had in me tonight. Because while I suck at dealing with paperwork and filing, I ROCK at actually cleaning the dirt out of and in my house.
Today, I cleaned the mini blinds downstairs, I removed all the screens from the windows downstairs, threw them in the tub and scrubbed them clean. (I did all the upstairs windows 2 weeks ago.) Then I cleaned the windows. I mopped all the floors, cleaned the tub and toilets, dusted and vacuumed. I unloaded the dishwasher, washed and folded laundry AND I made dinner.
So while I totally stink at paperwork and filing, my house is gorgeous. There. I feel better.
P.S. Oh and my children are still alive and well- I even managed to play with them today while I did all that other stuff. I’m doing my “I am a rockstar” dance right now!