....Or an incentive, that sounds better! (although bribery is probably nearer the mark).
We have a 2-drawer filing cabinet that we keep paperwork - old bills, statements, pension stuff, letters & cards - in. It has those hanging folders in it, all headed up neatly, in the bottom drawer. Space for odds and ends, plus a pen tray, in the top drawer. It sits beside the computer desk in the sitting room. The desk has several pigeon holes, for computer disks, a selection of new birthday/anniversary/blank cards, post that needs dealing with asap.
Well, that was the original purpose of both the cabinet and the desk spaces.....now, the cabinet is so chockablock full the pen tray has had to be taken out or the top drawer won't close, and there's a mass of loose paperwork just shoved in front of all the hanging folders. The desk pigeon holes are so crammed full of old post that not even a single sheet of paper would fit in there.
I've been telling myself for weeks that it needs sorting out.....but it's such a boring job and I keep procrastinating and finding lots of reasons why I haven't got time to do it. Of course, the real reason is that I just couldn't be arsed!
Well, seeing as we're getting on with our BCP (Big Cunning Plan), it needs doing, like NOW - I need to know that all our paperwork is in order, I need to know where things are (e.g., I need a tax reference number that I know is in there somewhere....it's just a case of finding it!).
Here's the bribery bit......I've ordered some cotton yarn in various colours for my next crochet projects, I'm really looking forward to getting started on them, have been champing at the bit waiting for the yarn to arrive. Had an email yesterday saying it's on the way, it should arrive either today or tomorrow. Well, I've told myself (very firmly) that I am NOT ALLOWED to start on the crochet, or even unpack! the yarn until I've sorted the cabinet and desk.
So that's what I'm doing today.....
Incidentally, all our old paperwork and anything with names/addresses/personal details on, we burn in the incinerator bin, it's so much quicker than shredding stuff in the knackered shredder that's supposed to take 6 sheets at a time, but in reality throws a hissy fit, mangles everything and gets jammed if we try feeding it more than 2 sheets. What do you do with yours?