Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Office Organizing: Caveman Style

What?! No, I would never call my husband a caveman!

He just really likes fire.

And when I put him up to the task of organizing the filing cabinet(s), this was his solution.

Honestly? I was pretty impressed.

He went through two whole filing cabinets' worth of files (that's 3 stuffed-full drawers of files, folks), seeing what should be kept for the future (like tax info, house papers, etc), and what could be tossed.

In the end he had a pretty large pile of stuff-that-needed-to-go, and also an entire trash can of receipts. Or, rather, an entire shredder-bin full of receipts (we keep our receipts for money-tracking, and did I mention that our shredder died on us a couple months ago? Yeah, those receipts pile up real fast!).

And rather than spending hours shredding those huge piles of sensitive stuff (and wasting electricity), he had the bright idea to just burn them.

So we went from this:

To this:

And now everything fits in our other filing cabinet very nicely.

Not bad, huh?

And did I mention that he used this lighter to start his fire?

Okay, so maybe he's just a really advanced caveman.

(Psst... feel free to try this at home, but do so at your own risk! Be very careful of possible flying fireballs of paper from the fire.)
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  1. Too funny! Where did you get that lighter?

  2. We do the same thing during cold snaps- hey, why not?

  3. Haha burning is way easier than shredding! =)

    New to your blog and i'm loving it so far! So organized and fun =) I'm for sure a new follower!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  4. Ooh, good idea! Makes me wish we had a fireplace. We bought a shredder a few months ago for this purpose, too. Those files do get fat quickly! It's never fun going through and cleaning them out.

  5. We were just talking about how nice it would be to have a fireplace! That looks like much more fun than shredding, and it gives off warmth as a bonus. Great idea!


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