One thing I hate and have a serious problem with is paper. I hate paper. Mail, magazines, notepads, fliers, receipts, bills, I just hate how papers make my house look, like a fricken pig sty. (If pigs rolled in magazines, ate paper, and pooped out receipts.)
So if I hate it so much then why do I let it control my life? I used to be so good at filing my papers away, up until about 4 years ago when I started my first accounting job which included filing banks statements, journal entries, and account recons. I did enough filing at work the last thing I wanted to do was file at home.
I used to get excited over filing. I loved making the new file folders using colorful markers to make decorative labels and making sure everything was in it's place. I still have a system in place but now it's just a chore.
So you think I'd try to minimize the incoming paper to my house right? Yeah I thought so too until I was offered free magazine subscriptions.
Did you see the key word there? FREE
I can't turn down anything free. I grew up going to garage sales with my dad learning the value of bartering for a bird cage just in case one day I decide to buy a bird, and if it's free?
No question, you take it.
So I jumped on that offer faster then David Letterman jumped on Stephanie Birkitt! I filled out a stupid survey (a small price to pay) and signed up for 4 free magazine subscriptions.
They started arriving last month. Do I read them? No. Do I save them? Yes. Will I ever read them? Probably not. So why the hell do I keep them if they are making my life miserable? Well, it's easy,
THEY WERE FREE GODDAMMIT!
Worst part is that none of the subscriptions offered were the good trashy celeb gossip kind like:
No, the 4 magazines that I am now stuck with for a WHOLE YEAR are:
They're all good right? Maybe. You know how you can tell if a magazine is good? A magazine worth taking a survey for?
If it contains crossword puzzles.
Four fricken magazines and not one crossword in sight.
What have I done?
So tell me, how do you control the paper coming into your home? What's your system?
1 year ago