Why can't I take a utility bill or a bank statement and put it in the folder in the filing cabinet RIGHT THEN?
Why do I have to wait until I have a stack of papers 7 inches thick (really! I measured!) to file? I hate this! And every time I finally get them filed I make myself a promise that I will never let this happen again...that I will file every single piece of paper as it comes.
And that lasts about 5 1/2 days. That was the record.
So now I'm tackling a stack that reaches back to, oh, I don't know, I'm finally back to July so I figure they've been collecting since May or so.
Maybe it's because in this day of doing everything by computer, I really don't deal with paper all that much and so it's not an every week habit like it used to be. If I'd been this bad in 1985 I'd have filled up all the bathtubs with paper in five months! But I don't even like to touch the stuff anymore. If it doesn't have a URL it's worthless and I don't want to fool with it. There are still a few pieces of paper, though, that need to be kept for a while and I have to figure out a better system.
And then there's the check problem. Okay, does anyone use checks anymore? I've even forgotten how to order new ones! I don't go through a pad in a year anymore so I MOVE more often than I order checks...and that's not often these days! So now that I'm finally coming to the end of the ones I ordered when we retired from the military and returned from Hawaii, I feel like I need to go take a class or something. I have been reduced to begging the piano and karate teachers to take Paypal until I can get my act together! I laughed the other day when I had to sign my name somewhere and it occurred to me that I almost can't do THAT anymore. Signing checks was about the last thing I ever did in real handwriting, and now I do that so seldom that I have to look at it twice to make sure it looks like it used to.
Well, anyway, tonight there will be no more promises. Before I go to bed I'm starting a new stack of things to file so the pressure will be off. And I'll be back in the spring.
My, how the world has changed...