Minimalist Monday Mission: Declutter 365 – Filing Cabinet – Part 1

Minimalist Monday Mission

This week for Minimalist Monday Mission: Declutter 365 I was working in the filing cabinet.

You know, it’s that wonderful time of year again… TAXES!

But, it’s also the same time that I clean out my filing cabinet each year.  Since I have many of my files for tax purposes, it gives me a great excuse to go through everything and weed out the old and collect the rest for taxes.

This year, because of Minimalist Monday, and the fact that I will soon be digitizing many things in my office, I had to go through my filing cabinet with more of a fine-toothed comb.

Because of that, and because I spent the better part of the last three days doing taxes during my waking hours, I didn’t get to finish the entire filing cabinet this week.  I did manage to get all of my documents out for taxes, put them in chronological order, and I also filed everything that I needed for my rental properties and businesses as well.  The only things left to do is to transfer some files into long term storage and decide what I will be digitizing and add those files to my “scan” box for another week’s mission.

Here’s what my filing cabinet looked like before:

And I also had a box full of “to be filed” papers from my previous office decluttering:

And I’ll share after pictures next week when I finish the filing cabinet.  I’m also aiming on doing one other area in my office as well, either the bookshelves or the built in storage area, so that I can catch back up and not be a week behind.

On a brighter note, I did get a bunch accomplished outside my office this week.  I had a huge pile of stuff that had been removed from my craft table and desk, so I sorted through that pile, and took a big batch of things to Goodwill and also donated some other items to our local school.  I also updated the Becoming Minimalist Sale listings, and managed to get a few other things listed (and some sold) on Craig’s List this week too.  I also shredded a box full of paper from my previous office decluttering, and that yielded five bags of shredded stuff to use for packing material!

So, overall, it was a very productive week!  My downstairs “command center” for all things being donated/sold is once again looking more civilized, and of course, I did get a great chunk of work done on my taxes.  I’ll be finishing those up this week too.

One other exciting tidbit this week.  I was so excited to hear that Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist, one of my favorite bloggers and authors, will be speaking here locally (we are, after all, practically neighbors) in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to go!

Total of items eliminated this week?

  • Threw out/Recycled: 15 items
  • Donated/Given: 176 items
  • Sold: 21 items from my Becoming Minimalist Sale and on Craig’s List

Overall Totals:

TOTAL ITEMS: 832 items

Here’s where we are headed for the Minimalist Monday Mission: Declutter 365 in the next few weeks:

  1. Clothes (closet and dresser) – DONE!
  2. Master Bath Vanity/Cabinet – DONE!
  3. Nightstand and Top of Dresser in Master Bedroom – DONE!
  4. Kitchen Counters (main and island) – DONE!
  5. Kitchen Cabinets (upper) – DONE!
  6. Kitchen Cabinets (lower) – DONE!
  7. Kitchen Counters (by fridge) – DONE!
  8. Pantry – DONE!
  9. Fridge/Freezer – DONE!
  10. Kitchen Built In Cabinet – DONE!
  11. Digitizing Files
  12. Computer Files
  13. Office Desk Drawers – DONE!
  14. Office Desk Top
  15. Office Baskets (in, out, to do, vertical file) – DONE!
  16. Office Filing Cabinet – Part 1 – DONE!
  17. Office Filing Cabinet – Part 2
  18. Office Hutch – DONE!
  19. Office Bookshelves
  20. Office Craft Table – DONE!
  21. Office Built In Storage Area
  22. Laundry Room Shelves
  23. Laundry Room Corner Cabinet
  24. Laundry Room Table Area
  25. Guest Bedroom Closet (toy closet)
  26. Child’s Bedroom Closet
  27. Child’s Bedroom Closet
  28. Child’s Desk
  29. Children’s Clothes (upstairs)
  30. Guest Bedroom Dresser
  31. Guest Bathroom Vanity
  32. Linen Closet (lower shelves)
  33. Linen Closet (upper shelves)
  34. Play Room
  35. Living Room DVD Cabinet/Mantle/Entertainment Center
  36. Large Storage Closet
  37. Small Storage Closet Shelves
  38. Small Storage Closet Banker’s Boxes
  39. Downstairs Bathroom Closet
  40. Downstairs Play Room
  41. Screened In Porch Area
  42. Downstairs TV Area
  43. Downstairs Bathroom
  44. Mud Room
  45. Garage Left Side Shelves
  46. Garage Middle Shelves
  47. Garage Right Side Shelves
  48. Garage Tool Storage Cabinet
  49. Garage Floor Space
  50. Walls/Pictures
  51. Scrapbooking Supplies/Area

See you next week!

To your success,

Dr. Laura

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