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