Toss That Paperwork!

Organizing Paperwork

It’s tax season again! As of January 16th, you could start filing. Now is a great time to sort through your files and weed out the unnecessary paperwork. At a loss as to where to begin? Start by getting a few bins and labeling them Shred, Recycle and Trash.

Then weed out the following:

  • Junk Mail – flyers, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, credit card applications, etc.
  • Expired Coupons
  • Old Greeting Cards
  • Old Grocery Receipts
  • Old Invitations
  • Expired Warranties and Service Contracts
  • Manuals – These can be found online!
  • Articles or Recipes  You Haven’t Used
  • Old Business Cards

Now toss these documents:

  • Taxes – 7 years and older
  • Checkbooks – Non tax related 1 Year and older
  • Pay Stubs – Toss all except cumulative statement after taxes are filed each year
  • Monthly Bills – Toss after each paid month

Don’t let paperwork get the best of you. As I’ve said before, take it one small section at a time each day until you’ve reached your goal.

“It’s the plugging away that will win you the day.” – Robert W. Service

Do you still feel anxious and overwhelmed? Then consider taking one of our classes! We offer room by room tips and ideas for organizing your home and simplifying your paperwork! Register today!