Ever since the modest success of establishing good habit #1, I’ve been pondering what to tackle next. I’ve tried a couple different things, without much follow-through. Finally, with thoughts of taxes seeping into my brain (not to mention submitting claims to my medical flexible spending account before the deadline of March 1, 2009), I realized I need to clean up my “den.” The room is technically a bedroom, but it’s where I’ve placed my computer and store my personal files. And it’s overflowing with stuff. I need to get it into some sort of order to make tax work as easy as possible.
When I hired the organizer last summer, she told me the hardest part is staying on top of the paperwork. I can believe it! There are two particular paperwork culprits that overwhelm me with their sheer volume. The first is the notices I get from my health insurance every time I see a doctor. It’s paperwork that says something like “This is not a bill. This is a record of your medical treatment. It’s an extra piece of paperwork you need to keep until hell freezes over.” (Ok, it doesn’t say that last part, but I’ve asked a few different people if it’s something I need to keep, and they say yes. Ugh.)
The second type of paperwork is the investment reports. It seems like I get 2-3 reports every week. (And trust me, I don’t have that many investments.) I believe there is a solution to this—start receiving the statements electronically. But of course, I’m waiting until I have the paperwork straightened out prior to signing up. (Yeah, if you don’t understand this reasoning, you’re obviously not a “perfectionist.”)
The good news is , the filing systems are already set up. The problem is I have to step over and around assorted piles of books, paper, and the afore-mentioned stuff just to get to the files. The other good news is that I am filing the medical and financial paperwork as it comes—by throwing it all in one big pile. The other bad news? It’s one hell of a big pile.
So, my next good habit will be cleaning, decluttering and organizing the den for just 5 minutes a day. I know it’s not a lot of time, but it’s surprising what you can accomplish it 5 minutes. Having spent only 10 minutes in the room so far, I’ve already found 2 key items. One is my Supernatural locker calendar (which I recieved when I bought the season 3 DVD set) and the other is the coupon to download a digital copy of the season from iTunes. (What? You don’t think these are essential items? Obviously, you’ve never watched the show!)
So, with all that said, it’s time I got off the computer and started clearing things out. Who knows what goodies I’ll find today.