My friends at Freebielicious and I want to share some of our goals and resolutions for 2014 with you! To help you get a jump start on the new year we’ve also added some freebies that may help you reach your own similiar goals.
As you know, lots of people make resolutions about health and fitness and drinking more water and all of that “sounds really good and I’m such an example for others” kind of stuff.
But when I set a goal, I like to actually achieve it so my New Year’s Resolution has nothing to do with being a good example. Well, unless you count the fried tacos and then I’m the best role model there is.
I am anal.
Hello. My name is Kristin and I am anal.
However, I am also a conundrum.
Because if I can hide a mess that I haven’t taken the time to organize, I will do that.
For example, if you were to come over to my house and spend the night in the guest room, I would hope and pray that you would not be a snoop and open the closet door. I am not a snoop.
Not even in people’s medicine cabinets.
Who would do that?
Not me. That’s for sure. I don’t even know where that idea came from because it certainly wasn’t from any personal experience, I can tell you that.
If you have seen the Friends where Monica won’t let Chandler see inside a closet (and Joey thinks it’s Richard) then you know what I am talking about.
My worst offense is paperwork in my home.
I am the worst at organizing paperwork.
I open the mail. I throw the envelopes away. I make a stack of stuff I need to file, or take to school, or do something with so that it’s not just lying around. And then I make a stack of stuff that I need to shred.
You know. All that stuff that says I’m rich now or I could be rich or why don’t I get a credit card so I can act like I’m rich. That stuff.
Recently, the last pile of paperwork that needed to be shredded sort of became a large stack. Some might call it a hill. Others might call it a mountain.
Whatever. I confess. It was large.
I started to shred it and I got impatient so I shoved multiple items into the shredder at once (it said it could handle up to ten pieces or something like that so what’s ten more is what I would like to know) and then the shredder made a horrible sound, got a little smoky, and died.
With papers stuck inside the teeth of it and I couldn’t free them.
It was a horrible sight.
Avert your eyes, I said! Don’t look, Murphie! I said.
Suffice it to say, we had to buy a new paper shredder.
This time, my hubby set that bad boy up in the garage, which is near our kitchen, which is near the place that we put all of our mail and make all of the umpteen piles, and leave out until someone comes over to visit, and then we take all of those piles and hide them somewhere. It’s near that place.
In an attempt not to kill another paper shredder, I plan on shredding the documents that need to be shredded right away.
That is my New Year’s Resolution.
To Shred Right Away.
Not to be confused with Shed. (verb: “shed some pounds in the new year” because that’s most likely not happening)
Shred Right Away and eliminate the piles!
Just step out into the garage with those two or three pieces and Shred Right Away.
In the event that I can’t Shred Right Away, due to unforeseen circumstances such as I am diverted by chocolate or cute little Murphie or a Housewives marathon, I made some labels that I’m going to put on a hanging file contraption just inside my pantry door.
There are three color choices for you, as well as a blank one to create your own.
I hope it will help you as much as I’m pretty sure it’s going to help me.
And that, people, is my New Year’s Resolution and Freebie.
Oh. But wait! There’s more! Be sure to keep on hopping and go see what Jennifer has to offer! 🙂
Happy New Year!
Miss Kindergarten says
hahhahahhaha!!! Only you can make a New Year's resolution hilarious!!! Seriously, I believe in you! YOu can do this!!!
Marsha McGuire says
Why is reading your posts so absolutely delightful every time. You crack me up. And . . . I totally need this freebie. I have a pile of papers on my counter that are enveloping me. The blue ones are the color for me . . . printing now. And off to Office Max to check out their shredders . . .
A Differentiated Kindergarten
Ms. W says
Great labels!!! I'm a label freak….everything in my kitchen is in containers and labeled 🙂
Tales of Teaching in Heels
Kinder Alphabet says
LOL. I bought a paper shredder a few years ago. It's still in the box! Thanks for the labels. I need them!!!
Hehehehe! I am looking at my desk right now which has VERY ORGANIZED piles!! Happy New Year my friend!
Jennifer White says
You are so funny! Now all I need is a shredder! lol
First Grade Blue SKies
OMG, I thought I was the only one to throw away the envelopes and stack the mail until I can get to it!! I am still dealing with the thousands pieces of paper relating to my husband's stroke. I am hoping that 2014 will contain far less paper!!
I accidentally threw away my "file" pile last week and had to dig thru the trash to retrieve it. I NEED THIS FREEBIE TOO!
Erin Blecki says
I do the SAME thing with mail! I will definitely need these labels in our new townhouse to keep myself organized!
Creating & Teaching
Angela Griffith says
Awww man….I don't want to even discuss the piles of paper, bills, etc. in my house!!! Thanks for the labels!!!
The Daily Alphabet
Jeannie Partin says
such sweet labels…. great way to keep myself organized with mail! Thank you!
Karen W. says
I feel your pain – I have my own, pile … er hill …. er mountain. Thanks for sharing the labels. Happy New Year!
Loved reading this one Kristin. It is so me. I make sure I have some type of gathering at my house once a quarter so my piles get put away. Ok in a box to go through later. I'd be happy if we had no papers! Here is to throw away right away!!
Maria Manore says
I know EXACTLY what Friends episode you are talking about! I keep my pile of shredding on top of my shredder in my teeny tiny laundry room. I try to shred once a week but I know how easy it can be to let it pile up. Thanks for the Freebie!
My husband so needs to shred. When we moved I found papers from 1989.
The Craft of Teaching says
While I was reading your post, I kept wondering if you had visited my house lately??? The piles are a terrible problem around here too…you have a great resolution! Thanks for making me laugh. 🙂
The Craft of Teaching