Unstuffing Overstuffed File Drawers

I have approximately 1000 files to get things into or add to the collection of files. Several of them take up a whole drawer by themselves and are several years old but because they are active files I can’t just send them to storage or archiving and so we have 10+ years of “stuff” from each agency. One such provider file is a whole drawer by itself. Recently there have been discussions on how to cram more into the cabinets we have since there’s no more space for more cabinets! The brilliant brainstorm I came up with is to take that old historic data and put it into 3 ring binders on top of the cabinets and only keep the most current in the drawer. For several of the largest files that will free 2/3 to 3/4 of a drawer leaving space for more providers and future expansion. I can think of at least 3 files that are that large!

It will be a lot of work but in the long run we will have the space so desperately needed for more files!

Update: 

This original idea didn’t happen because the division decided that it was OK to box up the old stuff and send it to off site storage! For the last 6 months we’ve been converting files to a new Blue Folder system that has a current, complete application in it and the older stuff is starting to be boxed for moving out! One way or another the older paperwork that is not needed for daily work will leave the cabinets. Most exciting is to finally get ALL the files in alphabetical order as the movers in 2009 could not alphabetize to save their lives!

10 Reasons to Ride the Bus

I LOVE my Mustang! I really love driving it but I do NOT like the long commute to the city with the traffic, bad drivers, winter driving conditions that are scary and all the stress that goes with it. Here are my top 10 reasons to ride a bus.

  1. When inspiration strikes you have the freedom to act on it or at least write down the idea
  2. Taking a nap. Get some extra sleep!
  3. Social interaction with other riders. This can be highly entertaining and informative some days depending on the variety of topics discussed.
  4. Save some money. The cost of gas, maintenance and the stress on your body is worth the pittance it costs to buy a pass and relax.
  5. Reduce stress….nap, chat, text, talk on the phone, or even play a game or do something productive on a phone, tablet, e-reader or laptop!
  6. You are also less likely to be in an accident and stressed at the end of your trip. Let the bus driver do the driving and worry about the other people on the road!
  7. The more people on the bus the fewer cars there are on the road. If everyone drives in solo there are way more cars on the road than need to be. Ride a bus with 38 other people and that is 39 cars that are NOT on the road stuck in traffic, polluting the air!
  8. Enjoy the ride. There are many things to see just looking out the window. For Alaskans it is the spring ritual of moose counting or watching the trees go from winter to summer to fall and back to winter colors.
  9. Count the number of times someone passes the bus or how many times the cars around you are cut off by other drivers

10. Safely rubberneck past accidents! Accidents generally start conversations on the bus too theorizing what the driver did wrong.

Overall there are plenty of great reasons to sit back, relax, de-stress and save money riding on public transportation.

On a side note the inspiration for this post came while riding the bus and as I was walking down the street on the way to work!