2013 is in full swing. Time to shed some
extra pounds...of paper that is.
Most documents, just like milk, eventually
expire so use our handy guides for deciding what to toss, what to keep. Your
2013 is about to get streamlined.
Before you dive into your paper piles, arm
yourself with the right supplies. Invest in a box of hanging files and folders;
and don't forget a brand new box of crisp, easy to read labels. Consider
color-coding for maximum efficiency; label all your must-keep, never-toss items
Short timers: Keep for a year or less
Depends on You: Time frame varies
Seven Years: The magic number for tax
The Long Haul: Essential records to be kept
Keep in mind that if you've gone paperless--storing
photos, bank statements and even scanned copies of vital records on your
computer--your challenge lies not in purging physical clutter but in ensuring
that your files are adequately backed up. Use an external hard drive or a cloud
computing storage company to back up your files remotely.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.