A few days ago, I had the day off. Of course one normally associates a day off with sleeping in or lazing about to watch TV/play games. Relaxing.
But to be honest - that is not really me. Most weekends in fact, I still get up early but am on the 'net surfing.
But these days I feel I need to be productive. So waking up at 6am, I felt the need to clean up. Mainly the paperwork on my desk and sort out my cupboards. It was such a mess that every time I looked at it I would think, "I'll deal with that another time."
Or, "I'm too tired."
So I decided to be proactive to clear as much as possible: filing, sorting and cleaning. It was a task I had started a few days ago - as I was filing away my paperwork which had piled up. I keep most receipts - from buying my morning coffee, grocery shopping to all the receipts from holidays. Every week I extract a wallet full of receipts and plonk them on the table or squirrel them into envelopes.
So you can imagine how many receipts I have accumulated over a short period of time. I had every intention to track expenses but found it such a hassle I don't. I keep them in case there is a dispute or an incorrect charge. Ok, ok - I need a better system and am still searching for that!
Going through a table full of receipts is downright distressing, however, the upside was I needed to read and determine if I wanted to still keep the receipt (for warranties etc).
Strangely, most recipes were readable, and still had a lot of information. Times and dates of my purchases. Restaurant receipts still had the addresses of the places, what I ate and the tip I gave. Interestingly, the memories came flooding back to the exact places I was at. I don't recall everything - like what I was wearing - but the situation, vibe and how I was feeling did come back. All these receipts made me think of all the places I tried on clothes, the shop assistants, the stores - pretty much putting me at all these places - some of which I had forgotten all about!
One of my friends had told me about a shoebox full of movie ticket stubs - something he had collected ever since he started going to the movies. I was just thinking whether a scrapbook full of receipts would ever be a thing, but it certainly made my day as I never thought something as simple as a kept receipt would ever be a memory of a good thing (especially if it meant I was paying!)