This summer, I am working on the Big Purge. I haven't done one for about two years and a lot of clutter has been building up. As I'm going through the mountains of paper, I'm realizing what some of my obstacles are with paper clutter. I read the Happiness Project book several months ago and I remember one specific kind of clutter Gretchen talks about it is "aspirational clutter." I definitely have a problem with this. Stuff will come in the mail or someone will mail me a magazine article and it is something that sounds appealing to do. I don't want to forget about a possible idea so I save the paper for someday. Well someday is this summer and it's ridiculous how many things I never ended up doing. At least it makes the decision to recycle a lot faster and easier after this much time has gone by.
Another significant source of paper clutter in my house is sentimental clutter. I am really struggling with regarding my only child's school work. He just finished first grade and I am having some serious struggles getting rid of his work. Here's but a whiff of the problem.
All these worksheets that he has done (which is not the bulk of his school work), well, I think they are pretty darling. I love his tidy handwriting and I know from helping him with homework, it takes a lot of effort. He works so hard on his spacing of letters and spaces between words, not to mention the punctuation. I haven't even read every single sheet that has come home but thank goodness I didn't toss it all straight into the recycle bin or I would have missed this gem from a worksheet his teacher had him fill out about himself.
Who needs: time with my mom.
Who gives: love.
Who fears: sharks.
Who hopes for: a good life.
Seriously my then-six-year-old son wrote that he hopes for a good life! What is a mama supposed to do? How do you all deal with this kind of paper clutter? I know I cannot keep every single worksheet that comes home from school for the next 10 years. Shoot me! This is not even the artwork which I have in large underbed bins, one bin per calendar year. (I'm out of space after this year).
Sentimental clutter is obviously another hang up for me. I have cards and pictures galore and this is not even saving every thing. I have actually made progress over the years. I can't stand the clutter, I'm out of storage and I shudder at the idea of scanning everything because I already have a photo storage nightmare going on.
I need help! Ideas?