We spent a good bit of time this past week going through the paper on our first and second floors. We went through our file cabinets, our bookcases, the tax return boxes going back eight years and the piles of unsorted odds and ends. We consigned research notes, medical notices, receipts for tax years, old financial statements and just plain unnecessary accumulations to the boxes and bins we dredged up from the basement to handle the stuff. We wondered at some of the paper we have held onto for so long. Inertia.
On arriving at the local credit union’s shredding site, we found a good number of others waiting to drop off their stuff. None could hold a candle to ours. There were folks with wimpy shopping bags and copy paper boxes but nothing that amounted to our full trunk. We were greeted by credit union representatives who welcomed us and asked how we had heard about the event. No, we aren’t members of the credit union, but we were welcomed nonetheless. Free and open to the public, we were assured.
We unloaded and waited our turn(s) to send the boxes up to the master shredder. A very efficient operation, though loud. Everyone was in a good mood and there was a pleasing sense of community. Who knew that old paper could engender such camaraderie? Mission accomplished, we rewarded ourselves with lunch at a Mexican restaurant with neighbors.
More paper awaits us in the basement. This is the stuff that we brought with us eight years ago. Some we didn’t have time to sort responsibly; some is family history; and, some is our children’s papers. Interestingly, one daughter, in reading the blog, emailed to implore us not to get rid of the books she and her sister have treasured since childhood. She also included a commitment to come up this summer and go through those kid bins that we brought with us. We’re making progress.
If there is one thing I could say in the wake of the past week and today’s event, it is thanks to the credit union for their public spiritedness, but I would also be willing to make a donation to a local charity in appreciation for their making this day possible.
It’s back to the books now.