Simplified 365: The Office - Day 13: Sorting Papers (Part 5: Shredding)

Simplified 365: The Office - Day 13: Sorting Papers (Part 5: Shredding)

Today is pretty straightforward. You’ll be shredding anything you came across yesterday that needed to be shredded. You can either do it yourself or Google “paper shredding” for your area and have someone do it for you.  Some offices also let their employees add to the secure shredding bin at work.  Ask your boss first before dumping in there.  

Most at home shredders will burn out with excessive use, so if you have more than a paper grocery bag’s worth, I’d recommend just paying someone to shred it.  A bag of paper in our area shreds for about $5.  

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Simplified 365: The Office - Day 12: Sorting Papers (Part 4: Recycling)

Simplified 365: The Office - Day 12: Sorting Papers (Part 4: Recycling)

Now that all of your papers are divided into groups, it’s time for the fun part.  Grab that recycling bag, because we’re going to fill it. As you go through each pile, I want you to have a copy of your “what to keep” list from Day 3 handy.  The only things you should be keeping are the things on that list.  As a refresher, a good starting point is to only keep:

  • Tax Returns
  • Supporting documents for tax returns
  • Mortgage Closing Docs
  • Files related to your home’s basis...
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Simplified 365: The Office - Day 11: Sorting Papers (Part 3: More Grouping)

Simplified 365: The Office - Day 11: Sorting Papers (Part 3: More Grouping)

Today we’re going to get down to the nitty gritty.  Yesterday we grouped paper into broad categories, but today we’re going go a bit further and group like items within each category.  So for utilities, I’d like you to separate and group your electric, cable, internet, and water bills into their own piles. Then move on to insurance and group the auto, health and home insurance separately.  Do this for each pile so that you soon will have smaller piles of just one type of paper.  Don’t overthink it, just go as quickly as possible. You’ll have time tomorrow to really question each piece as we start paring down the paperwork you no longer need.

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