Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Scan Fest

I love my new All In One, printer/scanner/fax machine. I finally got off my lazy arse and purcahsed a unit similar to the one we have at our office and I LOVE IT. One of my goals for 2008 was to scan in my files and clean up the paper clutter. For a variety of reasons, it never happened, but this past month I made it happen. I picked up the unit at the store, took it home and set it up. I then started my Scan Fest. 

I have freakishly neat files for all my banking, insurance, hobbies, etc.  I have them color coded in my filing cabinet and that cabinet was getting more than a little full.  I spent about 5 hours scanning in my files, organizing a system on my computer and feeling oddly enlightened as each file went through the scanner into the box to be shredded. 

I set up folders and sub folders broken down by category-banking, each bank, each account, each year. Same for insurance, home, car, health, etc.  You get the picture. Right now I have about 20 pounds of paper sitting in a box to be shredded.  I still have a lot of files to go through and will probably spend a few hours this week going through the rest of my files.  I also purchased an external hard drive and backed up data to the hard drive.

I feel pretty proud of myself for a couple reasons.  1) I finally achieved a goal that I set up for myself from 2 years ago.  2) I'm decluttering my tiny space  and 3) Maybe this is the first step in getting out of that stuck feeling I've been having. 

Next Step-Shred Fest

14 comments:

Dawn said...

Sounds fabulous! Way to go!

FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com said...

The worst part for me was the organizing after the scanning lol...

Glad to hear you're doing it!

Anonymous said...

Just don't forget to back it up!!!

starbursidereus said...

Congrats! I don't think I could sit for 5 hours, so I've been scanning in bunches. :)

Revanche said...

So which scanner did you purchase? I'm looking at Canon now ...

Kari said...

I miss my scanner!

accounting said...

Seriously congrats! Shredding can be fun, just think of it as getting rid of negativity. All that clutter was your negativity and now you get to trash it! BTW, what printer/copier did you get? I'd like to get one, quality, but inexpensive.

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