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Blog: My filing habit is out of control

L AST week, my 14-year-old daughter asked me to add something to my supermarket shopping list.

“I'd like a ring-binder file, for my school work,” she said. My heart sank, not because I didn’t want to buy one for her, but because, if she’s anything like me, it spells the beginning of the end.

As most adults know, once you get one file, they have a habit of reproducing faster than a warren of rabbits. With each new adult responsibility come new files until suddenly you find you’re running your life around them.

My 16-year-old daughter is already building up a collection, with files for schoolwork and her weekend job.

My own files are, as my husband says, “out of control”. There are files for the mortgage, house insurance, utility bills, school stuff home stuff, birth certificates, bank statements and car loans.

Then there’s my work files, bulging with cuttings, contracts of employment, letters, notes and pay slips. And on top of this there’s ‘miscellaneous’, a heady mix of TV licences, medical information, holiday bookings, central heating instructions and other bumf.

This may make me sound like an orderly person, but while the files are labelled and easy to locate, their contents – spilling out of their clips – are anything but. It took me an hour, recently, to find my daughter’s National Insurance number, and I spent three hours searching for a guarantee when the microwave developed a fault.

Research has shown that everyone wastes around two hours a year looking for paperwork – I beat that in one day. That’s why I’m throwing my energies into National Organise Your Files Week. Okay, it takes place in America. But it’s still going to act as a springboard to a spate of frenzied sorting.

But where to start? I’ll need to go through each file – do I really need bills from Yorkshire Electricity Board, Trustee Savings Bank statements, rail timetables and instructions for a Betamax Video Cassette Recorder?

We seem to have dozens of life insurance documents scattered throughout a number of different files – but who has what and why needs addressing. We’re probably paying way too much for massively outdated policies.

Looking at my files, I feel I’m drowning. I envy my neighbour in her 80s who keeps just two or three things in neat folders. I’m hoping that as I get older, I’ll be able to discard most of my files and liberate myself. In the meantime, I need a secretary.

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12:53pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Saul gave up looking and died without meeting again.
Saul gave up looking and died without meeting again. Ken Shuffles
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2:10pm Sat 20 Apr 13

Sir Bill Taylor says...

As a little boy I can remember us having a shoebox in the wardrobe. It contained oldl used envelopes entitled gas rent electricity etc... Wages were distributed amongst these envelopes accordingly. Sometimes as needs must that little notes inserted Dear rent, borrowed a quid, gas. We once went for our weekly shop, as the checkout girl with a comptometer, reckoned up. The weekly bill came to £3 and something. With only 3 pound notes with us something was put back on the shelf!
As a little boy I can remember us having a shoebox in the wardrobe. It contained oldl used envelopes entitled gas rent electricity etc... Wages were distributed amongst these envelopes accordingly. Sometimes as needs must that little notes inserted Dear rent, borrowed a quid, gas. We once went for our weekly shop, as the checkout girl with a comptometer, reckoned up. The weekly bill came to £3 and something. With only 3 pound notes with us something was put back on the shelf! Sir Bill Taylor
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11:44am Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I remember as a boy, I just wasn't intelligent enough for the girl on the checkout counter.
I remember as a boy, I just wasn't intelligent enough for the girl on the checkout counter. Ken Shuffles
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1:40pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I was just a little boy begging a girl. She was working as a checkout girl earning a few extra quid during her summer break up from College. I wasn't really her type of item, but the way she checked me-in and out of her supermarket would always made me cry.
I was just a little boy begging a girl. She was working as a checkout girl earning a few extra quid during her summer break up from College. I wasn't really her type of item, but the way she checked me-in and out of her supermarket would always made me cry. Ken Shuffles
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1:42pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Nowadays, I can do more with my tears than I could ever do with stamps.
Nowadays, I can do more with my tears than I could ever do with stamps. Ken Shuffles
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1:44pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I can do things with tears.
I can do things with tears. Ken Shuffles
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2:04pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

For People interested in tears, it's the tears we can't put on our shopping lists that are the purest, (the tears without a desire attached to them) Those tears that are too big for the trolley and are impossible to leave on a supermarket shelf.
For People interested in tears, it's the tears we can't put on our shopping lists that are the purest, (the tears without a desire attached to them) Those tears that are too big for the trolley and are impossible to leave on a supermarket shelf. Ken Shuffles
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2:09pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

It's surprising really, just what can be made alive again with the tears that we cannot defile away.
It's surprising really, just what can be made alive again with the tears that we cannot defile away. Ken Shuffles
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2:30pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Some tears, will not be compromised and assuaged. Come to think of it, there's nothing polite about tears either and they can be a bigger unstoppable force than any supermarket two for the price of one enticement deal when they are weaponised by the right person at the right time.


Tears can flow just as easily in the aisles, as they can flood you at the check-out. They can even produce a sudden downfall at the check-in. Uncontrolled.
Some tears, will not be compromised and assuaged. Come to think of it, there's nothing polite about tears either and they can be a bigger unstoppable force than any supermarket two for the price of one enticement deal when they are weaponised by the right person at the right time. Tears can flow just as easily in the aisles, as they can flood you at the check-out. They can even produce a sudden downfall at the check-in. Uncontrolled. Ken Shuffles
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2:32pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Tears are not the only moments out of our control.
Tears are not the only moments out of our control. Ken Shuffles
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2:35pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Sometimes, it can take tears just to know someone is alive.
Sometimes, it can take tears just to know someone is alive. Ken Shuffles
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2:40pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Some are so big and rich and fat that the universe cannot hide them away.
Some are so big and rich and fat that the universe cannot hide them away. Ken Shuffles
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2:44pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Some tears, don't even have any shelf, let alone a shelf life.
Some tears, don't even have any shelf, let alone a shelf life. Ken Shuffles
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3:03pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I might not have much to offer, but I know some sweet little drops of mercy that can just bend every one of the rules.
I might not have much to offer, but I know some sweet little drops of mercy that can just bend every one of the rules. Ken Shuffles
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3:21pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Any Love that has been lost in the system can be rediscovered with tears and I have two tickets for a bus trip if you are interested.
Any Love that has been lost in the system can be rediscovered with tears and I have two tickets for a bus trip if you are interested. Ken Shuffles
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3:29pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Tears can bring people closer together.
Tears can bring people closer together. Ken Shuffles
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3:33pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

There are even tears that can make a person laugh and tears that can make a person cry and smile at the same time.
There are even tears that can make a person laugh and tears that can make a person cry and smile at the same time. Ken Shuffles
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3:34pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

You should never underestimate the power of tears.
You should never underestimate the power of tears. Ken Shuffles
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3:36pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Tears, can just hit you square in the eye before you even know or work out why.
Tears, can just hit you square in the eye before you even know or work out why. Ken Shuffles
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3:37pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Milk
Honey
Bread
Sugar
Tears.
Milk Honey Bread Sugar Tears. Ken Shuffles
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3:40pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Have you ever been introduced to tears.?
Have you ever been introduced to tears.? Ken Shuffles
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3:45pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Do you know you are made from little drops of mercy.?
Do you know you are made from little drops of mercy.? Ken Shuffles
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4:25pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Every tear has an owner.
Every tear has an owner. Ken Shuffles
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4:27pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Each of your tears belongs to someone.
Each of your tears belongs to someone. Ken Shuffles
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4:46pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

The tears we have to be introduced to is are tears which are more valuable, more precious and more powerful to us than all yesterdays and tomorrows reasonings rolled into one.


Just one tear from within is without any reason, and nothing can put everything back in it's proper place like that tear can put everything back in it's proper place. I know all about the power of tears.
The tears we have to be introduced to is are tears which are more valuable, more precious and more powerful to us than all yesterdays and tomorrows reasonings rolled into one. Just one tear from within is without any reason, and nothing can put everything back in it's proper place like that tear can put everything back in it's proper place. I know all about the power of tears. Ken Shuffles
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5:05pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I admit I'm not as clever as the check-out girl when it comes to the terms and conditions and rules and regulations and I don't even have to know everything about who or what you are going back to way back when historically.

However, on a good day, I can make everything in your topsy turvey world fall back into place with your tears.
I admit I'm not as clever as the check-out girl when it comes to the terms and conditions and rules and regulations and I don't even have to know everything about who or what you are going back to way back when historically. However, on a good day, I can make everything in your topsy turvey world fall back into place with your tears. Ken Shuffles
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5:13pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

If I can't, I will go to Helen Bach just for you.
If I can't, I will go to Helen Bach just for you. Ken Shuffles
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1:11pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Asexuals are volunteers. They volunteer to come into the supermarket of this world and they volunteer to leave. They are their own architects of where and what and how. They can't put the day or time of leaving on the calendar, because it's not a date or a time anyone here can put on a calendar. Nobody has ever put the day they will leave date or the time according to any calendar.


The only thing that would really kill me is having Aprils address. Just knowing her address would kill me and that would be the end.
Asexuals are volunteers. They volunteer to come into the supermarket of this world and they volunteer to leave. They are their own architects of where and what and how. They can't put the day or time of leaving on the calendar, because it's not a date or a time anyone here can put on a calendar. Nobody has ever put the day they will leave date or the time according to any calendar. The only thing that would really kill me is having Aprils address. Just knowing her address would kill me and that would be the end. Ken Shuffles
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1:14pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

My divorce would be over.
My divorce would be over. Ken Shuffles
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1:29pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I suppose most people would think it was too improbable for someone to get the 'divorced' for 25 years part over from the very beginning instead of at the very end of what is a perfect relationship.
I suppose most people would think it was too improbable for someone to get the 'divorced' for 25 years part over from the very beginning instead of at the very end of what is a perfect relationship. Ken Shuffles
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1:33pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

They might believe a story like that if there were two real people who had done exactly that.
They might believe a story like that if there were two real people who had done exactly that. Ken Shuffles
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1:38pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

For some it can be poison, crucifiction, assasination, a breeze in the night. But for me, it's knowing her address that kills me.
For some it can be poison, crucifiction, assasination, a breeze in the night. But for me, it's knowing her address that kills me. Ken Shuffles
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1:42pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Unless, it was the same address as my address in which case that would be fine.
Unless, it was the same address as my address in which case that would be fine. Ken Shuffles
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11:26am Thu 25 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Are you going to kill me, or just give me a new address.?
Are you going to kill me, or just give me a new address.? Ken Shuffles
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1:38pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I can't believe we have a story together and I don't deserve your address.
I can't believe we have a story together and I don't deserve your address. Ken Shuffles
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4:06pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I don't deserve any map at all.
I don't deserve any map at all. Ken Shuffles
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4:09pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

No map at all.
No map at all. Ken Shuffles
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10:50am Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

April,

I don't know what use you are as a map reader, but I'm not as impressed with you as a writer as you seem to think I am. I know Journalists are deceptive but come on!I I need you back as you are, I need to know when you are coming back as you are and as unprofessional as you can be would be preferable. Maybe, just for once, you could ustilise your clever knowledge of writing registers and put them to some rare honest use for a change by letting me know when you are coming back from the world of words into the real world again.?
April, I don't know what use you are as a map reader, but I'm not as impressed with you as a writer as you seem to think I am. I know Journalists are deceptive but come on!I I need you back as you are, I need to know when you are coming back as you are and as unprofessional as you can be would be preferable. Maybe, just for once, you could ustilise your clever knowledge of writing registers and put them to some rare honest use for a change by letting me know when you are coming back from the world of words into the real world again.? Ken Shuffles
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10:53am Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Quite possibly I might never stop needing you, but that's my problem.
Quite possibly I might never stop needing you, but that's my problem. Ken Shuffles
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10:54am Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

****
**** Ken Shuffles
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2:05pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I don't get the impression you are a good listener either, and hiding behind some crusty articles doesn't count for much to me in the way of accomplishment. I suppose you can easily compromise on a slow news day with quick-sex if you have a mind to, but nobody can do you the way I can do you and you are never going to forget that. Nobody else can do you The way you need to be properly done or undone. Done. Properly. Nobody ravishes you the way I ravish you, and you know that so why deceive your self, undermine your self, and compromise your self with some silly pretence when you could be a dishevelled heap all over again.
I don't get the impression you are a good listener either, and hiding behind some crusty articles doesn't count for much to me in the way of accomplishment. I suppose you can easily compromise on a slow news day with quick-sex if you have a mind to, but nobody can do you the way I can do you and you are never going to forget that. Nobody else can do you The way you need to be properly done or undone. Done. Properly. Nobody ravishes you the way I ravish you, and you know that so why deceive your self, undermine your self, and compromise your self with some silly pretence when you could be a dishevelled heap all over again. Ken Shuffles
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2:06pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I'm not sure where to file my last comment.
I'm not sure where to file my last comment. Ken Shuffles
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2:07pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Put it under HOT!
Put it under HOT! Ken Shuffles
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2:40pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Remember that day when I picked you up as a desperate grasping trainee, and threw you down on your bed as my slave.
Remember that day when I picked you up as a desperate grasping trainee, and threw you down on your bed as my slave. Ken Shuffles
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2:47pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

You weren't hiding anything with writing back then. You weren't hiding anything then.
You weren't hiding anything with writing back then. You weren't hiding anything then. Ken Shuffles
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2:57pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Whether or not you felt you could ever be worthy of my love and devotion, let alone my attention, is another point you don't seem able to cover.
Whether or not you felt you could ever be worthy of my love and devotion, let alone my attention, is another point you don't seem able to cover. Ken Shuffles
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3:02pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

In fact, the more I investigate your story the more it starts to read like your own Jack fantasy.
In fact, the more I investigate your story the more it starts to read like your own Jack fantasy. Ken Shuffles
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3:07pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

You need a real man who can ravish you back.
You need a real man who can ravish you back. Ken Shuffles
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10:45am Mon 29 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

There might be some things you don't allude to which suggest to me you just want to be locked in a room with a very, very, bad man who cares about you being alive.
There might be some things you don't allude to which suggest to me you just want to be locked in a room with a very, very, bad man who cares about you being alive. Ken Shuffles
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10:50am Mon 29 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

What you allude to with reference to the law suggests the legistlators haven't got the brains to know the difference between romance and reasonable.
What you allude to with reference to the law suggests the legistlators haven't got the brains to know the difference between romance and reasonable. Ken Shuffles
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5:51pm Mon 29 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

There's only one man who can take you to another place and time. Friday, Preston.
There's only one man who can take you to another place and time. Friday, Preston. Ken Shuffles
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5:58pm Mon 29 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Bring travelcase, ipod, word puzzles, handcuffs, all the guardians you need and as many Momo's as you can fit in with you. Dress casual. I love you.
Bring travelcase, ipod, word puzzles, handcuffs, all the guardians you need and as many Momo's as you can fit in with you. Dress casual. I love you. Ken Shuffles
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11:16am Tue 30 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Best if we cancel friday. I met with a local woman last night and showed her your story, She said "you need to make more effort," and I think she is right.
Best if we cancel friday. I met with a local woman last night and showed her your story, She said "you need to make more effort," and I think she is right. Ken Shuffles
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11:23am Tue 30 Apr 13

Ken Shuffles says...

She said some other things about you after she read it which I won't go into but made a lot of sense.
She said some other things about you after she read it which I won't go into but made a lot of sense. Ken Shuffles
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