Saturday, February 28, 2015

Shredding Papers

Hi All :)

I hope your Week went well and are now enjoying the Weekend :)

I am :) 

Because my Hubby just came home to celebrate my Birthday with me, so sweet. :) It seems weird that we are doing the whole B.Day thing backwards this year, we usually go to San Diego to celebrate but as I am in the middle of getting the house ready to sell, it was easier for K. to fly back to Oregon from San Diego, at least we get to be together for the Sunny, if chilly Weekend in the Northwest, YAY!!!! :)

So, I like to think of myself as a very organised person but there is one thing that always gets the better of me and that is the amount of paper that arrives at our home every year. :(

Thankfully with the advent of  paying bills online the stack of paper bills has lessened but still all the credit card application offers that arrive is ridiculous, plus the catalogues and the junk mail that has our names and address on it, etc., my poor shredder has its hands full (well, I guess teeth really, lol :) dealing with all of it. :)

Anyway, for most of this past 2 weeks I have been doing my "Filing" :(

I only file once a year, this is where I "File" things to start off with, in my "Pending" bowl, (also occasionally used as designed as a Pasta serving bowl, lol!!! :)

"Pending" Bowl :)

Then, once a year as the bowl starts to overflow, there is a defeated sigh on my part and a scurry to sort all these papers into "file-able" piles (that is when having a pool table comes in very useful :) (oops! I forgot to take a pic. of the pool table covered in paper, oh, well, you get the idea right, lol :)

As I take out each file from the filing cabinet to put this past years bills/papers in (in reverse month order of course, lol :) I take out the oldest years bills and shred them. 

trusty old filing cabinet, full to bursting point with files and papers

But this year as we are planning on moving home in the next few months I am going to be shredding more than one years worth of paperwork, I really hope the shredder can hold up to the 
challenge :)

One thing I do like to do, but maybe it is depressing to do so, is that I have kept just one bill from each past year. It is amazing what we used to pay for different things, like 25 years ago our cable bill was $25.00 a month but of course we didn't have a bundle package with internet (what internet?!?!) and phone and TV but seriously, I would LOVE to go back to that simplicity :) 

No On-Demand, pay per view, Streaming, Netflix or Hulu.

 Going to Hollywood video to rent a movie was a fun family excursion and picking up a pizza on the way home just added to the fun of Family night :)

But I digress................

Anyway, so even though I am organised I may have been holding on to more paperwork than necessary and so after clearing out the filing cabinet and then going thru all my art files and several drawers full of  the "kids" school phone directories and school paperwork in different places around the house here are the piles of papers I am going to have to shred :(

and I have recycled maybe 4 times this amount as well, I am so glad we have curbside recycling :)

Shredder and the piles of shredding to be completed before the movers arrive

My shredder is nearly 2' tall, I can not believe I have so much to shred, it appears that even organised people might be paper hoarders after all, lol  :)

Fingers crossed my paper shredder is up for the challenge :)

It is a good job I find shredding a peaceful and cathartic pastime, lol :)

Here goes :)

I hope everyone has a Wonderful Weekend :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.


Ink Five said...

Happy B-Day! :)

T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

Thanks so much Ink Five :)

Cheers, T. :)

daydreamsdustbunnies said...

OMG!! I would take it to Office Depot or somewhere like that. My little shredder would die under the stress!

Isobel Morrell said...

Shredding can be very cathartic - until you reach the other end, after a move, and find you've removed a vital piece of information, and need to approach a Government department for another copy of said document! Don't get shredder happy! Good luck with the sale of your home, finding a replacement and actually moving!

Annette said...

Happy Birthday T.!!!

Paper has taken over a corner of my kitchen and the shredder died the last time I attempted to deal with it! It makes me angry that there is even a need to shred it in the first place!

I've saved some of our old bills and receipts too. It's always fun, and shocking, to see what we paid for things "back in the day"!

I hope you had a fun birthday weekend with your hubby :)

T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

Hi DDDB.:)

I might have to take my shredding somewhere but I am a 1/4 way done and only twice has the shredder over heated, lol :) So good so far :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, cheers, T. :)

T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

Hi I. :)

You made me laugh but I guess it isn't funny when you shred a vital doc. I have had to stand in line a few times (in the past) at the American Embassy in London to sort out visas, oh the fun of being a Resident Alien, lol :)

Thanks so much for your well wishes :) Cheers, T. :)

T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

Hi A. :)

Thanks so much for the B.Day wishes :)

I had a wonderful Day :)

I totally agree with you on the whole having to shred in the first place thingy, it is annoying :(

I hope you can get your shredding done soon :)

Hope you are having a wonderful Monday, cheers, T. :)

Clare said...

Oh boy, that's a healthy pile of paperwork! Funny how we're supposed to be living in a "paperless" world...
Well, have fun with the rest of the shredding! I know what you mean about it being cathartic. I kinda love it myself :D

Clare said...


Duni said...

Happy belated Birthday, Teresa!!!
So glad you were able to celebrate with your Hubby :)
I NEED a shredder! I have a sticker on the door that says "no flyers" or other advertisement, so at least I've cut down on that! I file my papers in box files, and they are growing. Honestly, I don't know where I'm going to put all of it ;-)
Anyway, good luck with getting the house ready for sale!

T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

Hi Clare :)

Hopefully after this I will be living in a paperless world, lol :)

Thanks so much for the B.Day wishes, I had a beautiful chill time with my Sons and Hubby :)

Hope your week is going well, cheers, T. :)

Hi D. :)

Thanks so much for the B.Day wishes:)

I was so excited my Hubby was able to be home :)

I think I have pretty much everything set to move but I am NEVER moving again (I have said that before, lol :)

Have a lovely week, cheers, T. :)

Krysten Quiles said...

That would make a lot of confetti ;)

T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

Hi K. :)

It sure has :)

All I need is a parade now, lol :)

Hope you have a lovely weekend, cheers, T. :)

Almost Precious said...

Sorry that I missed your birthday T. Hope it was a most happy one.

Looks like you really put your shredder to work (and to think we are supposed to be a "paperless society". Tell that to the post office and all the junk mail they deliver). :D

T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

Hi Anna :)

Yep, weird we have to actually move house before the P.O. will stop delivering/forwarding junk mail, lol :)

Hope you are doing well, cheers, T. :)