I recently started listening to Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, through Audible. I’d been curious about it since I had seen the book on the best-sellers lists at Chapters and Indigo.
It’s actually been an enjoyable and easy read. The book is a self-help guide on how to organize and declutter your home. I decided to apply some of the techniques today, since I needed to sort my important paperwork anyway, and spent several hours going through my file folders.
This is probably only about a third of what I tossed into the fireplace!
Some of the things I tossed:
- Old paystubs from 2005 when I worked at Friends of the Rouge
- Greeting cards and thank you letters
- A Sears receipt for an eco-friendly frying pan
- Expired Apple Care warranty papers for my Macbook Air
- Receipt and registration papers for a Nikkon D40X purchased in 2007
I was actually surprised and shocked I had this stuff. I didn’t even think it was organized within my file folder!! I’m usually fairly organized, but I suppose I kept them thinking that it would be important sometime in the future or that I would like to reminisce about my past.
Marie Kondo, however, explains very well why papers should be tossed. For example, thank you cards* fulfill their very purpose the moment the received has read them. Even if you asked the sender about them, they may very well have forgotten about its existence.
*There were a few thank you letters that were quite touching, so I digitized them by taking pictures before putting them in the recycling bin.