After a 3-month interruption, I am back on the KonMari Clean horse. Here are some updates and document cleanup tips.
Living with less
With less clothes, I noticed changes in behavior:
- Live with alternatives instead of buying more (living with less is my new default mode)
- Donated more items I kept during the clothing cleanup (became even more conscious of the “sparks” of my things)
- Buy only what I needed (better able to resist the lure of a sale)
I have never been so thankful for the digital age. Though being an “old school” writer, I’ll never be without pen and paper, I love that I don’t have to keep a hardcopy of everything.
Writers, don’t live in the piles of your drafts! According to Pam Binder of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, you only need keep digital drafts and perhaps a hardcopy of the latest version.
Remember to shred your old drafts, just to be safe.
Sorting documents, what to keep?
Most of what I had were old statements and were almost all shredded after I read through these articles.
- Advices from Consumer Reports
- Advices from Clark Howard
Shred your documents
Since I can recycle shredded paper with residential garbage collection and I have a cross-cut shredder (strip-cut is not as secured), I decided to shred as I sort. I tried to mix different types of documents when I shred, cautious or paranoid? Could be both, ha ha!
If you don’t have a shredder or you have a lot of confidential documents, look for free document shredding events in your area.
Learn the recycling rules
- Can you recycle shredded paper?
- How do they want it? Our collector asks us to put shredded paper into clear plastic bags. (I saved the dry cleaning protective covers from the “clothes on hanger” phase, tied the hanger ends and used it for hold the sheredded paper.)
- Can photo paper be recycled with regular paper? In our area, you can recycle photos but only if they are shredded.