I have the bad habit of creating piles of paper, i.e., old paid bills, medical reimbursement claim forms, bank statements, etc. Mind you, I have a two-drawer filing cabinet in my bedroom. In the top drawer I have folders, filed alphabetically by name of bill, insurance company, mortgage, etc. In the bottom drawer I have manufacturer's literature that comes with appliances, lawn equipment and such. A friend of mine told me about a website Flylady.com. For a while I would be organized and file the papers right away. Then I would get lazy and just lay it on top of the file cabinet and once a month or so, I'd go through it, create piles of like material and then file it – this takes hours.
Two weeks ago I was up in my attic putting some things away and found four boxes of old bills that I haven't looked at in YEARS!!! Some of them were dated back to the 1980's. Needless to say, I don't need them.
So in order to stay out from behind that mountain of paper, I have gone paperless on as many bills as possible and will only keep two months worth of the ones I still receive. Normally, I would shred the ones I dispose of, but since I had four boxes and I don't trust bringing them to the recycling center, I used the old bills as kindling and burned them in my fireplace. For safety sake, I am not encouraging anyone to use their fireplace, but if you do, please be careful. For those of you who don't have shredders, I would encourage you to get a small one for at home.
And now my filing cabinet looks like this: