Many of my clients balk at the news they will have to periodically purge their files. This is especially true for ‘first timers.’ They find the process of setting up files so arduous, they can’t imagine electing to face it again. Here’s one of my favorite analogies. I love to garden. I can spend an entire day weeding, pruning, re-potting, sweeping and so on. I survey my work and feel a sense of accomplishment and joy. I maintain my plants with great care. Every few weeks, however, it is as if they have grown wild over night and I must once again devote time to their care. Don’t think of your files as inert paper matter. Think of them as vital, energetic stores of information. You want to keep them current, clean and state-of-the-art organized.