Tidy Me

This week we have finally managed to empty out everything from the tall metal cabinet in our home office that for so long has been stuffed to the gills with, well, *stuff*

The dining room table has been buried all week under piles of paper, slowly being sorted into keep, shred, burn, and take-to-recycling piles.

Everything in the keep pile has now been tidied up and put into boxes, labelled and placed neatly back on the shelves.

We now have three huge piles of paper left which need to be shredded or incinerated.

P is burning out the motor of our shredder whilst I am feeding our fire with old chequebooks, bank statements and even ancient, faded photographs that we don't really want to keep.

Plenty to keep us warm until 2030 at this rate.

21 comments:

  1. I wonder what it is that you have to hide? Have you been money laundering? I understand that this activity is more popular on The Isle of Man than motorcycle racing.

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    1. I wish I had enough money to launder. I have spent most of my odest pension pot on holidays. Still, according to a recent list of tax havens, it seems I would be better trying the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland or Luxemburg who were all at the top of the list.

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  2. Why do you use asterisks around words?

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    1. My attempt at emphasis. Blogger sometimes substitutes other characters for quotation marks etc and my Samsung tablet is a pain for autocorrect.

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    2. They drive me to distraction.

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    3. I've noticed that it always seems to change the word have to gave for some reason. Drives me mad!!

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  3. I've been using old bank statements etc for lighting the wood-burner - they make a lot more ash than newspaper.

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    1. I have noticed that too. Do you spread your ash on the garden?

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  4. Good job. I did our paperwork in the summer and am still burning the old ones.
    I put our ash on the garden but I know you shouldn't put too much because it changes the pH of the soil. How much is too much?

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    1. I have no idea if we are poisoning ourselves by putting our ash into the compost. Our veg still tastes OK but could be full of toxins!

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  5. Why don't you fill plastic carrier bags with stuff and write to Channel 4 to appear in their next Hoarders series?😀

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    1. Damn. Should have thought of that. They would have tidied up for me.

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  6. I'm never sure how long we are meant to hang on to documents like tax returns. I'm sure I have some going back ten years. I get most statements online but have stopped printing them out as they are stored somewhere on my computer if I ever need them.

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    1. That's why we have so much piled up. P said, as we have never been asked to show any of it yet, he is just going to get rid of ut all.

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    2. Six years is the figure in the Limitation Act in the UK but our accountant recommended 10 years for our farm accounts and to keep knocking one lot of files off the end as each year passes. We have kept the whole lot and haven't done that but I expect when the 10 years is up we'll have a big bonfire.

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  7. Our farm records go back for seven years and I can't get them destroyed until all the farm business is completed. Then my accountant says the firm will shred them for me (I can't imagine putting all that through my little shredder).

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    1. Our shredder is working overtime. There is just too much paper to put on the fire.

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  8. Must have been the week for shredding. I have four very large bags of the stuff to dispose of from various bank statements only (those prior to 2013). Had to keep oiling the shredder and taking breaks so I didn't overheat it. Sadly, all that effort only reduced a part of one drawer from a file cabinet. Thankfully the bank now maintains digital copies. No more paper statements. But...still have a lot of other papers to sort/shred. Sigh.

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    1. Some of ours went back to 2008. It feels quite liberating now that we are getting rid of it all.

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  9. I bet you felt good after sorting out that lot! I hope you rewarded yourselves...
    xxx

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