Monday, February 25, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 8 • Papers

Welcome to Day 8 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 22 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

Now that we're done with clothing and books, we're going to move on to papers. This includes study notes, bills, pay stubs, warranties, manuals, clippings, and any other non-sentimental papers.

Some thoughts on Day 8:

1) Put aside sentimental papers for Day 30. I didn't really follow this advice in my own tidying today, because I store non-sentimental papers with sentimental papers. The non-sentimental papers were relatively easy to go through. I was able to let go of most of our expired warranties and pretty much all our old manuals. I don't keep credit card statements or pay stubs, but I let go of some old receipts. When I found myself struggling with something, I realized it was more of a sentimental item, and I would then set it aside. I think I found today more challenging because my non-sentimental items and sentimental items are co-mingled, but hopefully Day 30 will be easier since I went through a few sentimental things today.

2) Start with the mindset that you will discard everything. Based on the KonMari method, all papers should be discarded except for the following: currently in use, needed for a limited period of time, or must be kept indefinitely. I found the "discard everything" mindset easy to do with non-sentimental papers, but I'll also be applying this strategy on Day 30 as well, because I probably placed too many papers in the sentimental category.

Thank you for tuning into Day 8! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 9. :)

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