I knew the day would come...
It was inevitable.
And I dreaded it.
For no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't shove ONE MORE piece of paper into my office file cabinet.
Oh, I tried the old "pull up a huge sheaf, slide in a new page and push it all back into place", but that trick no longer worked... the bitch stubbornly refused to close anymore.
So I had to bite the bullet and Spring Clean.
But once I started with a hot cuppa joe at hand, I became a whirlwind of F5 magnitude.
Papers flew into the recycle bin.
My garbage soon overflowed with demolished disks and manuals of long-obsolete software.
Paper clips were de-clipped, re-boxed and sent back to the supply room.
Whole projects were chucked.
Crisp new folders were recruited into action.
Coherant labels were printed.
What little survived the storm was re-sorted chronologically, filed in the proper folder (for a refreshing change) and placed back into logical order in the now-pristine cabinet.
After two days, I reduced three vertical drawers bulging at the seams to less than a single one of nice, neat files.
"But Maureen..." co-workers foolishly enquired, clearly jealous of my complete Mastery Of Office Organization (or "MOOO" for short).
"Aren't you afraid you tossed something important?"
Yes, I am am shaking in my boots at the prospect of swift dismissal if we are ever in need of:
- Dozens of certificates and licences for Windows 95:
- Thirteen year old computer quotes like this one for a 486 with 8 MB RAM costing a mere $2,000:
- Hundreds of "Y2K" reports I was assigned to complete not only from MY department, but many others in the hospital too. Yes, I am surely risking severe retribution if it were discovered this critical data is now lost to the world:
That's just a small sampling of the junk I literally filled this entire blue bin with. A recycling container that is intended to serve the whole floor for a week, I must confess.
But it felt good. After all the time, effort, strong coffee and paper cuts, it was worth it.
And just think. In 13 years or so, I'll have to do it all over again.
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