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simplify, simplify, simplify

February 2nd, 2007 at 12:21 pm

That's my current obsession (along with saving money, of course!). I am so tired of the constant paper that's always floating around and of all the time I spend sorting through it, in addition to the time spent wading through the mess of e-mail I get everyday. I got a small start on simplifying life by:
1. Cancelling my paper statements from two credit cards (still have to get rid of my bank statement). It's to the point where I just file them without looking at them, since I check all my accounts online daily. What's the point in getting them? I can always look them up online if I need to.
2. Finally submitting a rebate that's been languishing on the computer desk for two weeks ($3.99 savings).
3. Sent DH's prescription to the mail-order service through my insurance. It will save us time in running around to the pharmacy as well as save us $10 every three months in lower co-pays.
4. Cleaned out my file cabinet. I try to do this once or twice a year to pull out the old papers I no longer need (i.e. old phone bills, medical bills and insurance EOBs, bank and cc statements etc.). I keep things for a year, meaning I pulled out most of 2005 paperwork, aside from the few things I keep indefinitely. I'll keep 2006 until early next year.

Next on my list:
1. Unsubscribe from e-mail lists that I no longer have time to read. I am trying to find out if there is a way to block certain addresses, but I don't think my e-mail allows it. I keep getting repeat junk mail. It's a pain to keep deleting it - I'd rather not even see it!
2. Wrap up my mypoints membership. As soon as I get to the level I want (3750 points), I am cashing out. I think I will leave the membership open, but opt out of the constant e-mails. I just spend too much time clicking for too little reward.
3. Figure out some sort of inbox/outbox system for my real estate information (listings, current clients, phone numbers, etc). Right now I have a standing metal file holder, but no files to put my papers in! They end up all over the computer desk. I need to have them readily accessible, but not in my way.

Gotta run to clean up the house and make dessert - card match tonight!

4 Responses to “simplify, simplify, simplify”

  1. threebeansalad Says:

    Doesn't it feel good to get things back in order?

  2. Aleta Says:

    When you start decluttering, you actually feel lighter on your feet. There's a certain kind of freedom that comes along with getting rid of things and by making needed decisions. Congratulations.

  3. KEALINA Says:

    yeah, that's been the theme here lately too... to many papers and way too many misc items or things we need to get rid of/sell...

  4. Sunshine Suz Says:

    My goal for February is to NOT sit down until my mail is gone thru. Good stuff in bill box, junk mail in recycle.

    Sure makes my bar look a lot nicer.

    Congratulations on all the clearing!

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