A decade ago one of my best yard sale buys was a legal size file cabinet. It was a sturdy one, not one of those inexpensive ones where the drawers grate and scrape, and I was happy to begin filing our personal papers in a genuinely organized manner.
During my working years I was in charge of the files in our office...eight cabinets...32 deep drawers packed with folders. It was my task to thoroughly go through the files once a year, folder by folder, purging out-dated papers. It was a tedious process but one which afforded me a constant reminder of "what" was "where".
It's been a long time since I've gone through our personal files so I've begun the process. Some items have personal ID info and those items will be shredded. Others can be simply tossed. (The shredder is getting a real workout!)
It's amazing how much clutter we allow into our lives and I'm not talking about just paperwork. My desk is a perfect example for it is covered with items "I might need" or things that "I'll do later". My kitchen cupboards are packed with food items and spices that are outdated (how long does thyme hold its flavor?). My dresser drawers are full of winter clothes that I have not worn in two or three years and my stash of summer clothes is just as overloaded. I feel like a packrat.
I used to enjoy a lot of "collectible clutter" but as I get older I'm desiring simplicity. So this past month spring housecleaning has begun. It may progress slowly, but a bit here and a bit there will eventually add up.