Every year, shortly after New Year’s Day, I go through the files and clean out stuff from long ago. Generally, anything older than 7 years goes out. I also clean up the piles of paper that have accumulated around my desk.

This year I’m going to have to move my “piles” day a month ahead. They are out of control.

It won’t happen this week. But I’m setting aside November 29 and 30. Right now, ahead of time. It’ll take two days. It’s all got to go.