I confess. I'm a Pilot. I "pile it" into files, onto all flat surfaces and then, too often, spend valuable time searching for something which exacerbates the situation. I'm trying different solutions to alleviate these problems in my life. Yes, old dogs can learn new tricks.
Simplify, simplify they tell us. But what they don't tell us is how long it takes to get there. Now as I come across something I've "saved" way too long and it's something I no longer need or want or, if I can find on the internet, I'm tossing it. Maybe I'll live long enough to get the job done.
Designating a "home" for general use items helps stop the frantic searches around the house. Our house keys are always put into a basket near the most used door. All it takes is to stop for a minute and think about the best way and/or place to do this. Putting out fires constantly is not only frustrating, but is stressful.
Today I have pulled out 2 1/4 inches of old reports out of two files. Due to personal information, they will have to be de-stapled and run through the shredder. That will happen as a minute here or there is available to actually do it. Pages without personal information will be separated and taken to the recycle depot in town.