Sunday, February 26, 2006

Organized Chaos

I watch Oprah religiously through the grace of my tivo. This past week she had two shows about debt and challenged her viewers to go on a debt diet. Right now, I am quite impoverished and my ability to go on a diet from debt is a bit unrealistic, but it did inspire me. I pulled out every old bill, insurance form, credit statements, and on, and on, and on. I have an accordian file that I started last year and I got partially organized, but over the past two days I have organized and purged my records and I am pleased to say that I have everything in its appropriate place and everything I don't need has hit the trash. I feel like I have really accomplished something. Over the past few months I have been absolutely INUNDATED by bills from the accident in September. I was reluctant to even check my mail because of these bills. Don't worry, my insurance is slowly but surely taking care of everything, but hospitals don't seem to grasp the point that they are going to have to be patient. Anyhoo, now I am not afraid to check my mail and I feel like I have everything at hand and organized. Are your things in order?

5 comments:

Peyton said...

I hope you shredded the documents that you threw out. My shredder is one of my most valued possessions.

Belle of Madison said...

As far as bills, statements, etc., everything is in order in my camp. But I'm working on a "diet" as far as how much junk I have. I started an organization project a couple weeks ago which has stalled, but the goal is just to get rid of a bunch of stuff before I move to a smaller place in May.

katie g. said...

I want to do that, too. I have so much stuff that I would never miss, but seem to have trouble getting rid of. I'm not a pack rat (which runs in my family), but I think I may have a mild form of the virus.

Belle of Madison said...

I am digging my heels in. I will not be a pack rat!!! I'm trying to lighten the load now and make conscious choices not to save so much crap.

K8E said...

Hi, my name is Katy and I'm a pack rat. It's an awful trait that seems to run in my family. I absolutely loved living in dorms b/c it forced me to purge my things at least once a year. My goal when we get back from our cruise is to go through all of my stuff and clear out a lot of the clutter. I've gotten rid of a lot of paperwork thanks to Kyle getting a shredder for Christmas - 7 years worth! I now keep a shoebox under my desk that I take and shred when it gets full now instead of storing it all away unless it's something I think I need to keep for tax purposes.