Typically a January activity, I never got to it this year until today.
I cleared out all of the 2006 and earlier bank statements, credit card bills and the like from my filing cabinet. (I of course kept the important tax documents and other such that are required to be kept for longer).
Being that in 2007, I went paperless on nearly all of my bills, the filing cabinet is getting eptier and emptier. And I definitely feel good about this. Especially the green aspect of it. If only there were a way to get them to STOP SENDING ME THE MAILERS! I'm in the process of getting all the catalogs and the like that I receive STOPPED. It's ridiculous. These things go directly from my mailbox and porch to the RECYCLE BIN.
The kids and I had a shred-fest this afternoon. It was actually fun. I started and Sorsha wanted to help. Soren was just enjoying his snack when he just couldn't help but join in as well, grabbing a paper at a time and trying to feed it into the machine. Mommy supervised closely as we didn't want any little fingers anywhere close to the opening! We filled and entire 30 gallon trashbag with shreddings. It require 5 dumpings of the bin under the shredder. It is all done and now in our recycling bin.
I also managed to file away about 3 months worth of papers that needed filing. Of course as I receive so little in paper form, it wasn't all that much...mostly pay-stubs, kids artwork and a few bills from companies that don't do paperless billing.
It feels good to have purged it all. In another a couple years I wont have much of a job at purging every January!