I will be moving offices next week, and I won't be here for it. That's a little weird.
Previous to this, I was in one job and one office for 13 years. My, what a lot of packing when we moved buildings. Then, in late 2009 I moved 2 doors down...again, a lot of sorting, but it was done quickly and over a period of a few days, just toting things down the hall.
Now, after 2 years in this room and this job, I'm moving with my staff to a new building. It's the place where, eventually, our entire division will be moving...but we are the pioneers. We'll start out on the 3rd floor and eventually settle down on the 1st. I'll be out of town on the actual moving day, so I must get all the packing done by Tuesday afternoon (leave early Wednesday).
As more and more of my records are digital, I am realizing how much of the contents of filing cabinets I can actually recycle. I managed to sort through a WHOLE BUNCH of things this morning, packing just the bare minimum to go to the new place.
Some of the things I looked at made me sad; some of them made me laugh loudly. All of them made me realize how little I really refer to all the notes and papers I tend to keep. As a famous keeper, this is a good lesson for me. I've learned from a friend about some of the amazing things that MS One Note can do and am storing more and more there these days.
Now, when it comes to tchochkes...pictures, mugs, sayings...no less of those than I ever had. Some things have to stay the same, after all.