Read pt 1 here
Just finished going through one archive box. Apparently I had forgotten that I already purged a bunch of stuff from the dead relatives box. The only things left in there were some pictures, my dad’s various certificates (GED, business school, volunteer probation counselor, postal service retirement, and certificate from Bush, Sr. acknowledging my dad’s service in the Army that we got at his death), as well as the flag from his coffin.
I know, I know – I need to get a case for the flag
The certs don’t really serve a purpose for me and he’s been gone almost 22 years but it doesn’t feel right to throw them out. It’s just … ink and embossed seals on paper, but they carry a weight. Not a substantial physical one, but one of accomplishment and a sense of attachment to my past. I am here partially because of the person that achieved these things.
So, anyway – on to the 2nd box. Apparently the bulk of the crap archived is my own stuff. That is a little trickier to deal with. I know you’re supposed to keep old tax records and bank statements and such for a certain period of time but jeez… I just wanna toss the crap. But it can’t even be that simple. It should be shredded. Hence the big green storage bin in the pic. Yes -all of that is crap to be shredded.
#1 Buy a shredder
bonfire in the snow
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