Ready to begin
Flat surfaces….the more the better. I put a lubrication sheet through my shredder because I know it is going to get a workout. Can’t have it fail or lock up before I’m done.
When I first begin it is to get the mail done piece by piece. With my handy envelope opener I take each thing one at a time. All the requests from AARP, Mutual of Omaha, and Hartford Insurance places that want us to sign up for their Whole or Term Life Insurance policies get opened. The junk inside goes through the shredder while the outside and return envelope go in the trash. Some of those inserts are quite thick and I have to take them apart so they don’t bog down my shredder. Next goes all the notices from the loan shark agencies that want to give me $500 to $1000 with no credit check. Shredder fodder.
My poor shredder was beginning to smell a bit hot by the time I finished with that big IKEA bag.
I’ve had to dump the shredder can three times. Once the shredder mechanism was threatening to fall off, I let the can get too full before I emptied it.
The political campaigns are in full swing now so I had quite a few of those advertisements to put through the shredder.
I don’t like throwing away, in the regular trash, anything that has our address on it. Even if it is address to “Occupant” or “Resident” or “Our Friends At….” The catalogs from office supply places I get, the page with our name and address get torn off and shredded while the catalog goes in the trash can.
A couple of the Driveaway companies we work with use address labels on the outside of their envelopes. Once I take out the settlement sheets I have to run the envelope through the shredder. One of the Driveaway companies use the window envelope so I just toss it after it is empty.
All of our bank statements come in window envelopes so I just toss those, along with the bits of junk they include with the statements.
I read an email I got from someone saying they put the insert junk in the return envelope and send the company back their junk. That makes the company pay twice for their junk. No such luck on this end. All the envelopes were window type and that would entail me writing their address to fit in the window to send their junk back. No time for that.
I think my trash can is going to topple over from the junk mail, newspapers, and envelopes I’ve tossed.
I’ve nearly filled another kitchen sized trash bag with the shredded junk. There is a paper recycler near where I live. Should I load up all this paper junk in my car and take it to the recycling place or just take all this crap out to my dumpster? I vote for the dumpster.
Your wrath at my contributing to the landfill problem is duly noted. Just think of the nice fire all this paper would make on a cold day if I could burn it down to ash instead of letting it sit in a landfill for years and years and years. Pick your battles EPA weenies.
My Friend....Dymo Labeler
I love this machine!!!! The Dymo LabelWriter 400 Turbo.
I used to buy the file folder labels from our local office supply store and hand write on them. When I found that this machine will make file folder labels in a snap I bought one.
It is thermal, so I suppose in about 10 years I won’t be able to read what is on the label anyway. But, with some luck, I’ll make myself shred the documents of the mid to late 90’s. Or I’ll actually take them to a shredder facility and let them do it for me.
This Dymo Label machine is so handy. I have not figured out how to do the postage stamp stuff with it so I depend on the Post Office to sell me stamps. I have more trash after I’ve pasted the labels to the file folders, but the satisfaction of actually seeing work in progress and getting things in order is so good.
Okay….some of the piles are contained.
Bank statements, credit card statements, receipts of all ilk, settlement sheets, vehicle insurance documents, medical bills, light bills, cell and telephone bills, vehicle repair bills and other stuff is now roughly put in the appropriate month folder.
When I begin the data entry part of this mess then I only have one folder to mess with at a time. The settlement sheets will find a home of their own in a labeled folder, as will the various bank statements and credit card statements. The monthly folder will have little in it expect household documents and a 9″x6″ envelope for all the loose receipts.
I know….handle a piece of paper once and be done with it. It is my system and I do it my way. This is just the round up stage anyway. That is what I accomplished on Monday. Began at 8:30 in the morning and finished at 3:30 in the afternoon. Pretty good days work. I did not stop to cozy up in my recliner with a book, nor did I veg out in front of the television.
My craft room
Yesterday was another story all together. I had lots of ideas and intentions of getting in my room to begin a new round of card making.
As soon as I walked in the door and saw the mess I had left the last time I was home and did a video I lost all heart. I have a mess to clean up before I can do any work in there.
I took a picture of this mess and promptly walked out the door and headed for Hobby Lobby instead. After the encounter with the man at the store (my previous post) and home from my errands I did not go straight to my craft room and clean it up.
Instead, I turned the television on and watched it listlessly from 1:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Recorded episodes of “Wipe-Out” were the mainstay of my television viewing. I love that show. Watching the contestants being bounced and boinged off padded surfaces and into the water while they try to get across the obstacle course in the best time is fun. Listening to the squeals and screams makes me laugh. There are some men that scream every bit as good as the girls do and I laugh out loud. Some of the attire worn by the contestants is mind boggling. Capes, hats, sweat pants, shorts, and T-Shirts all get muddy and soaking wet.
I always wonder how many bruises each contestant leaves with. How many of them have sore necks and backs from the falls they are subjected to. I’ve watched and grimaced when a contestant lands on their face on a padded obstacle, their feet smack them in the back of the head from the momentum of the fall. Man that has got to hurt. Then the odd angles of their necks when they encounter one of the padded things in their falls. How they are able to get back up and walk after some of the falls they take is such a testament to the human body and what it can withstand.
When I ran out of Wipe-Out episodes I went on to Ace of Cakes. I love Duff Goldman and his crew of cake people. I have tried to watch Cake Boss but get so aggravated at the antics of his (in my opinion) selfish sister and her whining and manipulating.
Finishing the evenings viewing I went on to watch the episodes of “Medium“. Joe called just before last week’s episode ended. He gave me a recap of the days events. Poor Les is really getting stressed out. Joe took him through some of the two lane, windy, twisty, roads he’s fond of dragging me down. The trucks they picked up in Oklahoma City were delivered yesterday and they had to deadhead to Kansas City, Missouri to get another set of trucks going to Pacific Junction, Iowa. Joe and Les were so ready to call an end to the day and flop in bed. Joe nearly fell asleep on the phone with me. I had to tell him to hang up and go to bed. He mumbled something incoherent and finally hung up.
Today, I was visited by my neighbor’s cute daughter. She just turned five a couple months ago. She came over with the cutest set of butterfly wings she strapped on. They are pink with sparkly rhinestones and she looks adorable in them. She loves my cuckoo clock and will stand in front of it – for a brief minute – before she runs off to the kitchen or around my foyer/kitchen island a few times. She was in the kitchen when the bird came out. I thought she was going to fling herself on the floor in her flight from the kitchen into the living room to watch and hear the cuckoo. She is off on an adventure with some Girl Scout Brownies today. They are going to a nearby duck pond. She has bread to feed the ducks and her wings so the ducks will know she is one of them. I miss my kids!!!!!!!!
After writing my post of earlier this morning I got down to work on my paper shuffle. Getting the trip envelopes in date order and creating labels for them. Some of the envelopes had information missing from the front label so I had to go digging around to find the paper with the information necessary.
Inside each envelope is the driver copy of the inspection sheet with the load number, VIN number of each truck, and all the receipts for that particular load.
When I get to the point of data entry and empty the contents of each of these envelopes I will find receipts from last year that Joe has dug out of his day book or briefcase and stuffed them in the envelope. Happens all the time. I love that man, even when he makes extra work for me.
This big roll of labels is for the next step in my paper shuffle exercise. Each envelope will go in a file folder with the proper label attached to it.
In my data entry fields of QuickBooks there will be a “memo” with the load number in that field. Each receipt will have that corresponding load number documented. That way we will – eventually – know if we took a loss on the load or if we made money.
As I get to the settlement sheets, now residing in the monthly file folders, I will create another set of labels and folders for these sheets. In that folder, with the settlement sheets, a document of the expenditures that coincide with the settlement sheets will show the financial figures.
I suppose there is probably a way to do this task that has not so many steps involved. But I want a thorough record and I don’t see any other way of doing this without all these steps.
I don’t have the ambition to do anymore today. I think I’ll go take a nap.