Sunday, March 20, 2011

Project: Simplify -- Week Two -- Paper Clutter

Okay, it is actually the end of week two as I'm posting this. Oops. I have a good start on it though. This week is tackling paper clutter. YAY! My least favorite thing, yet the thing I have the most of. Huh. Interesting.

Well, my mother-in-law is on board with this one, which is cool. So, we're trying to motivate each other by checking in and saying "Good for you!" I haven't actually gotten further than rounding up all of my paper clutter (it took a while, and a few boxes) at this point. But, the boxes are all sitting by the TV, ready for me to have a moment to veg-out. I am learning a new story to tell my kindergarteners this week, so that moment hasn't arrived yet. But, I hope to be ready in the next couple of days. Perhaps the week three project will be one I already have a handle on, so I can spend the time finishing weeks one and two (she says with a big grin on her face, knowing the odds of that are slim to none). Stranger things have happened!

Here is what is waiting for me:

What you don't see are the Recycle and Take Action boxes that I will be using one of to toss each piece of paper into. What you do see are all the pieces of paper that I will be making decisions about... That's quite a few boxes. I have to be honest. Two of them are filled with papers I took when I moved out of my old classroom last school year... It's just been hard to go through them for some reason. But, here I go!


  1. Mother-in-law here. I am also a teacher and I am not only buried under paper at home, but, even worse, at school. I think teachers may be the worst, because we hoard, thinking that we will use it next year. At school, I have two big file cabinets, mostly organized, but partly piled with papers waiting to be organized. I am ready for this challenge!

  2. I am not ready to commit to the challenge...but I was ready to start simplifying. Last week, I donated SIXTEEN bags to AMVETS> S-I-X-T-E-E-N!!! Where did I keep all of that stuff? my bedroom. Yow-zah! And truth be told, I could probably donate SIXTY more!