The Year of Living Minimally – Week Twenty-nine


We have an appointment with a tax accountant next week, which means I’m gathering paper. As if I’m not already frustrated with the excess of paper we have in this house. And I try! I really do. I’m scanning photographs to save on an external hard drive. I do not keep tax paperwork after seven years (it is seven years, right?!)

We need to file a final return for Jim’s dad, who died last September, and we need to file our own return. Normally, I can handle it (even though I hate doing taxes), because our lives are not very complicated. This year, I need a professional, so I need to be sure I have everything together. And yes, it’s stressing me out a little. So much paper.

Paper can really clutter our lives (sure, pun intended). I work one day a week. But I need to fill out a time sheet for that one day. I send it off to the boss, but I keep a copy…just in case. (I do shred it and send it to the recycle bin as soon as I get paid). I have direct deposit, but still receive a paper receipt for my pay (in an envelope). More paper. Most all of our bills are e-bills now, and I pay them online, but there’s still too much paper everywhere. So my little project is to find ways I can cut down on the paper.

Your thoughts and tips will be appreciated!