Obviously, for a makeover, this would be the “Before” shot.
So this picture– um, yes, it’s mine. (What, did you think everything was perfectly organized?)
A couple of years ago in a frenzy of spring cleaning before Lane was born, I had all of my files in order. But then life got busy, and I started placing a few pieces of paper on top of the files.
Then I stacked a few more, and the piles grew. A few “stash-n-dash” cleaning sprees later, and it ended up like this. Which brings us to the first principle of paper-organizing:
An organizing system only works if you USE it.
Apparently I should have filed, not piled. Oh well, live and learn.
To get my papers how I want them to be, I’m going to do a paper pile makeover. I’ll be writing about it as I go along, so if you want to go through some of your papers too, you’re welcome to join in.
I placed it all on the table so you can see what I’m dealing with. It’s every paper in the house, not including books or photos.
10 cubic feet
107 pounds of paper
Clearly, this needs work.
Update: Would you like to see the paper pile makeover results?