I decided to sort instead. And, by the end of my exertions, I had taken an entire File-Safe box worth of white paper to the recycling bin.
What's the big deal, you ask?
Well, I got rid of a lot of Potentially Important Papers from work and without much regret either.
Am I turning over a new leaf?
I still saved most of the paperwork from my courses and everything from my graduate student advisees and my favorite undergrads -- in individual file folders, no less -- so it wasn't exactly a complete conversion.
It was scary, though, how easy it was to free myself from the archival burden.
Please remember this superficially trivial entry if I go off the deep end in the near future.