And now, more examples of C.R.U.D. as Heather and Susan continue on their de-cluttering crusades, one junk drawer at a time…
Suffice it to say the younger generation is totally at ease with the technology revolution responsible for the brave, new ways we communicate with each other. For those whose reliance on these devices is barely tolerated, there is nothing as dependable as good old pen and paper. The current generation stores everything in their mobile devices and computers. Their last encounter with a telephone book was around the age of two and a half, when it served as a booster seat. They will probably never succumb to the misguided conduct observed in their parents – grabbing anything with a point on it and writing down a phone number, on virtually any piece of paper.
Thrust yourself into that head space when you are glowering at a particularly unruly pile of paper that causes you to re-assess your relationship with your inner organizer. Even more repellent than the sheaves of un-opened mail, expired renewal notices, un-claimed dry cleaning slips and ads for window replacements, are those vermin-like little scraps of paper covered in hastily scribbled digits. They range from the backs and flaps of envelopes (the perennial favorites), to single sheets from memo pad pilfered at your last hotel stay, to soiled napkins to receipts. If you are unusually negligent, the receipt may also be home to a used wad of chewing gum.
Putting phone numbers, typically without an accompanying name, on little pieces of paper is a one way ticket to that personal ring of hell called, “Now Where Did I
Put That?” Unless you enjoy spending most of your day off combing the premises for said shreds and other tiny objects like earring backs and eyeglass screws, you need to find a way to end this cycle of self-abuse.
Mystery phone numbers are not unique to any room in the house. They can be anywhere near a telephone. Mind you, telephones are mostly cordless and tend to travel around on their own. Thus, a habit, picked up at an early age when telephones were stationary is now compounded by mobility. If you believe there’s a number you have misplaced that’s in there somewhere then, by all means, launch an expedition.
If writing a phone number down is still your preference, at least record it in a more permanent manner. Use a whiteboard or message board. Make the entry into an address book. Keep scrap paper moving on through the recycling process, so it does not present temptation. Get your grandchildren to teach you how to text message.