In Defense of Paper Storage
Sometimes – usually late at night – when I feel as though I’ve gotten to the end of the internet, I start reading articles about things I’ll probably never do – like digitize all my “important business papers”. Like there was no hope for The Dude getting back his purloined Creedence tapes, there’s not much hope of me going totally digital. I just like paper way too much. Still, it’s always fun to read and then fantasize about what life would be like if I did make the transition. The first down side I can imagine is the loss of a much cherished rainy day activity: organizing and dejunking my papers. Oh sure, it’s nothing more than shifting the contents of one set of paper files into another, but with the addition of an even numbered Star Trek cinematic effort, the activity is instantly elevated to something magical and engaging. Unwillingness to part with a sure fire cabin fever buster is only part of the story. The other thing I enjoy about paper storage is acquiring the tools needed for the task. I only wish my paper storage needs were as great as the enticing array of paper storage products. The rapidly disappearing need for paper storage has made file clerks and the filing skill set obsolete. That’s a real bummer too. Filing papers is an oddly satisfying activity. Sure it’s boring to some, but for the jobs where I was left to endlessly file and daydream, those were the parts of the work I enjoyed the most.