Thank you so much for your wonderful comments!! I can't believe what good ideas ya'll have! I will be referring to your comments often in the next few days!
After the second day of working on the Paper Monster, I have gone through most of the pile that was on the counter from the past 6 months or so. (I wish I had gotten a before picture of this!)
All the bills / paystubs / medical records are tucked away (tightly) into the top drawer of the file cabinet. And all of the memorabilia type stuff (adorable drawings and notes that I can't stand to throw away) is in a new pile.
But that pile WILL be dealt with soon! I promise!
And then I can get to the bags and boxes and making the file cabinet not so tight. . . . urck.
This is a huge project. But already it feels better just to have that huge pile off my counter! Yay! Thanks so much for the encouragement! Today I bought the first of the stash that will be the giveaway. :)
P.S. Took some "before" pictures. . . Still working up the nerve to post them.