File it under ‘B’… For ‘BAMF’

As I write this, I feel as light as a feather. Because this year, I finished filing my tax return over the course of three days. It’s a record for me. Sure, I still had time for an emotional cry, a couple of yelps of frustration at HMRC’s seemingly deliberate opacity when it comes to language, and a short interlude of maniacal laughter at a few of the questions. But still. THREE DAYS. There is only one thing I can attribute that to. It’s this bad boy:

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Cabinet by Bisley, fancy paper courtesy Paperchase.

I am in love with my filing cabinet. I mean, I’ve always been pretty organised about certain things. I have bank statements that go back to 2005 (way before I was a proper freelancer i.e. way before it was strictly necessary), I check my receipts against statements every few months (no need, I just enjoy the ‘belt-and-braces’ approach to life) and I am unofficially the family’s Memory-Keeper – birthdays, anniversaries, all that jazz. But this filing cabinet has truly, finally allowed every single anal retentive urge in me to flower. No category is too small to warrant a file of its own, no letterhead too trivial to be saved and alphabetised. I am in organisational heaven. It is repetitive, calming and functional, giving the quiet contemplative peace of washing dishes, except my hands stay dry. I feel like I’m basically postponing therapy for, like, ten years.

Now, if only I could find a cure for my constant and persistent tardiness. IF ONLY.

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3 Comments

  1. anne
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    A celebration of extreme filing!

    I have occasions concerns about my own tendencies for the ‘curation’ of my life gubbins, however I recognise superior forms of crazy when I see it.
    The sheet of super decorative Paperchase gift wrap sealed it.

    Oh and three days is admirable.
    Lady, I’m saluting here.

  2. Posted January 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    This just makes my whole paper chase folder look pretty limp now. I am actually having filing cabinet envy! …therefore my hunt begins today!….#firstworldproblems

  3. Posted January 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    That is an AMAZING filing cabinet :D

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