I usually don’t refer to myself as messy. When you have a form of ADHD and depression, there can be that tendency to mentally abuse yourself by using words like lazy or slob. After all, that is what it can look like to the outside world.
I actually appreciate structure and I love to organize things — in spurts. It is usually after that time of the month and during an upswing out of a depressive cycle. So, obviously these moments are rare, but I can become almost manic with a need to put things in order. It is a sub-conscious drive to have a place for everything and everything in its place before the next crash comes along and everything goes to hell again.
I buy lots of organizational tools: label makers, baskets, bins, bookcases and cabinets. When it comes to organizing me, I just can’t seem to get it right. This applies to lots of normal household chores and life duties, but today I just wanted to talk about paperwork.
Mainly because of this:
And definitely this:
If I could impose structure upon myself for more than two weeks at a time, I would build a schedule that devoted at least 30 minutes a day to paperwork until I was caught up.
That would be really nice.
Due to my mini organizing spurts, I finally have some tools in place and ready to be used. Under that biggest pile that I showed you first is a three drawer plastic thing. Top drawer is for *Action Papers* while the middle drawer is for school papers from the kids that I want to keep. The bottom is supposed to be for papers that need to be filed. Then I’ve got pretty filing folders set up in the desk drawer. (My organizing stuff has to be pretty or else I won’t ever use it.) I also have a plastic file tote with a handle and a burgundy lid. That is mean to be a better filing system for *Action Papers* and set up on a monthly basis.
By *Action Papers*, I mean forms, bills, birthday cards and other paper items that I need to do something about versus just filing them.
If you look back up at the top photo again, you’ll see that my husband even attached wall slot thingys and we assigned one to each child for their paperwork to go in (a doubled tool from the bottom drawer from what is below it.)
I have also been working hard the last few months keeping up with my desk calendar and more recently one that fits into my purse. I have to say that being committed to these two things have helped tremendously for life in general. Until I create and stick to a schedule, it won’t help my overwhelming paperwork situation.
One of my struggles with paperwork is that sometimes it can be a non-thinking job much like folding laundry. I have found it helps when you have someone hang out with you while you work or listen to podcasts. Audio books would probably work also but sometimes I have trouble listening for long lengths of time, which explains my podcast leanings.
Mostly I wait and wish the hyper fairy visits me quickly and more often.
Do you have any favorite tips or tricks to getting a handle on the paperwork monster?
xoxo ~ Melissa