I’m a generally organized person. I know what’s on my plate, and I’m aware of my weaknesses and take steps to compensate for them in a purposeful and thoughtful manner. (For example I have a huge wall calendar up in the kitchen that includes every family member’s schedule.) So when my husband needed my driver’s license number to complete our taxes, I was mortified to discover that my license had expired last month.
That’s not like me. I pay our bills on time, I’m on top of my regular medical appointments and I never, ever let my CPR or neonatal resuscitation certifications expire. I hate paying the “stupid tax” of late fees and it burns me when I trip up. I’m the one who opens our mail and I’m very deliberate about shredding, recycling or dealing with the mail.
I had zero memory of receiving a Department of Motor Vehicles reminder. But sure enough, my stack of important papers did included a renewal notice postcard. My tidy yet looming skyscraper of important papers had gained a bit too much altitude. Umm . . . I guess I’m not as organized as I like to think I am. I sat down and looked through every paper, not to organize it, but at least to discover what secrets were being held. I located a dental appointment reminder, (knew about this) and new proof of insurance cards for the cars, (didn’t know about these.)
I should have known I was off my game last week when I let a library book go eight days overdue.
I’m designating tomorrow to be a Taking Care of Business (T.C.B.) Day, and I’ll sort through my pile to file or shred every damned piece of paper. I’ll fill out any necessary forms and make any required phone calls. I’m already renewing my CPR, which is a start.
Are you interested in joining my T.C.B. Day? It doesn’t have to be tomorrow, but it should be scheduled within the next two weeks. A focused day to address the business of household management, a day to avoid your own “stupid taxes.”
C’mon it’ll be fun!
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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