Simplify Your Life in 30 Days

Simplify your life challenge: Day 3

Day 3: Simplify your life challenge - stationery

This is my journey through the 30 Day Simplify Your Life challenge. If you would like to join in, you can get the ebook here and follow along.

Resource: The official Youtube video for Paper week, by muchelleb.

I am working through the challenge in an order that suits me best, instead of directly following the set challenge order. Feel free to do the same!

Day 3: Physical Paper

Day 3: Simplify your life challenge - stationery

Day 3 in the official challenge is actually ‘Books’. But as usual, I’m working out of order and doing ‘Physical Paper’ instead. Initially I was going to combine this post with Stationery week because I don’t have a lot of paper to get through. However, Stationery ended up being an extensive adventure all on its own. Thus, here we are.

For paper week you have to sort through every piece of physical paper (including financial information, important documents such as birth certificates, and other papers you have lying around including receipts and general notes).

I still live with my parents, taxes have only become a recent consideration for me and I don’t have a lot of investments or expensive possessions that require a lot of paperwork. So paper week was reasonably uneventful for me in terms of clearing out. My greatest success was getting rid of about 20 old receipts that had found a home on my bookcase.

The best part of paper week for me was getting the opportunity to sit down and organise my filing process so that I will be more prepared for future influxes of paperwork. Before, my system involved stacking the documents to be dealt with on my desk and then sticking them in a folder when I finally got sick of them taking up my desk space. I now have a proper system for holding incoming papers, digitising what needs to be digitised and then storing in allocated folder sleeves.

Sorting out a system for incoming documents is one of those abstract kinds of things that tends to be put off until you realise that your life is a mess and you are filled with regrets. I love that this challenge has forced me to take the time to sit down and just get it done. Sure, the system is very basic and will need revising once I have more paper to be stored but for now, it’s a definite improvement.

How would you organise your paper work if you took the time to get it done?

~ Alice Maisie

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