Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The first step is admitting you have a problem

Okay. I've admitted to OCD, anal retentiveness, and being a nut in general.
But here's a little secret. I have a paper problem. *sigh* It's true.

I have a love/hate relationship with the stuff. Paper is great! Hard copies of whatever I need. And it comes in all sorts of colors and with logos and know. But here's the problem. It procreates. I know it does. If I leave out two sheets of paper...the next day there are six. And when I leave out three...well the party must go on WAY into the night. Because the next day there are about twenty or so.
And when the kids come home, Mama gets the papers. And I'm afraid to throw one out because some of the teachers have this aggravating little habit of losing the students' papers. And I'll be damned if I don't need the back-up for evidence.
Every once in a great while, I'll hole-punch, file, and put away the paper. But give it a month, and I'm right back where I started.
Suggestions? Hints? Medication?
I would love to know how y'all deal with this. I'm trying to be strong and just make a clean sweep.
But see my hands? They're shaking. Don't know if I'm ready for complete separation or not.
For now, I'll self-medicate with my Diet Pepsi.


B said...

Hot damn, I always knew those little boogers must have been multiplying in my sleep!! What other logical explanation could there possibly be? *g I am in no position to provide advice on this one sweetie, as I am in need of my own paper intervention as well. So let us know if you find an acceptable solution, will ya?


Tori Lennox said...

I've suspected for years that paper has its own society and life....

chryscat said...

Beverly: It is true. And they're resourceful, too. I swear I can put three different papers in three different morning WHAM! Little scraps of paper everywhere. Makes one wonder.
Tori: Me, too. *laughing*

Michelle said...

OMG. I have so many random copies of drafts, it's not funny. I can't remember which draft is which, mind you. So of course, I have to print off another one. Ack!

Tess Harrison said...

Sigh . . . wish I could help but I have the same problem. I keep everything. Every little scrap.

Jen said...

I wonder how they procreate....Tab A must go into slot B! LOL

chryscat said...

Michelle: You are SO speaking my language. I really need to clean my desk. *looking at it and wincing*
Tess: Dang. There has to be SOME means of getting this under control. Maybe it's a writer thing?
Jen: If I knew how they managed it, maybe I could exercise a little "paper control." LOL