One of my goals for 2008 is to put my files in a pdf format and save them to either a disc or hard drive. I want to eliminate as much paper as I can.
I went through my files and shredded old and unneeded credit card statements, really old tax returns (from the 1990's), old insurance policies (cancelled, no longer use that company,no claims to that company) that were more than 5 years old. Piles of old household receipts for things like potting soil (I kept any receipt for a large repair), home improvement quotes etc. I borrowed a paper shredder from work and spent a happy couple of hours shredding the paper.
It then went neatly bagged to the neighbors who will use it as bedding for their pet ferrets and the soiled bedding will eventually make it's way to their compost pile. They have a compost pile that is just used animal bedding (shredded paper, sawdust), leaves and grass. At some point all those old papers will come to some good use as mulch for the garden.
I then re-organized my files and took the first two months of 2008 papers and sorted them. I had previously set up a file box with about 4 sections for different items, but until I can find an inexpensive scanner, I'm still feelig the urge to file everything in it's own file. It was nice to have a bit of a paper purge AND to be able to see the top of my desk and the bottom of my in box. Yes a little obsessive, but I can see my desk top!