As the end of the year approaches many use this time to see what items in there home they actually want to keep, and what items they want to get rid of. This decluttering process can take you a few weeks to several months. It really depends on how quickly you want to get it done, and how much time you want to devote to it. Below you will find several suggestions on how you can get the clutter out of your file cabinets, and how to reorganize it.
Keep it or not!
Usually when it comes to the files many do not know, what they should keep and what they should not keep. The safest way for many is just to keep everything that they receive. When it comes to taxes especially many are advised to keep these papers for several years. This would include any recipes that go along with the taxes. I have found it best to keep tax records in their own box, divided up by year. You can use folders to divide these items up. Check with your tax preparer to see when it would be ok to get rid of old tax paper work. Other items like, notices from school, or even notices from your job can be thrown out.
Before you throw anything out take the time to separate everything into different piles. You can make a pile for school work, another pile for restaurant files, and other items. Once you have all of the separate piles you can determine which one you really need, and which one’s you don’t. If the papers belong to someone else in the house it is often a good idea to check with them, and see which one is ok to get rid of.
Shredding up the papers that you have chosen to get rid of is the best way to dispose of old documents. This will help to ensure that no one will steal any of your personal information. Instead of shredding everything in one day, take the time to space this out over several different days. This will help you to fell less stressed, and you will not have piles of shredded paper all over the house. Shredding a small amount at a time is really best.
Put it back neatly
The items you have chosen to keep should be placed back into the cabinet neatly, and properly labeled. I have found that hanging file folders work best for this. It will take time to label each item but it is worth the effort to make sure that everything is neatly arranged. You will also find that you have more space for the items you really need to keep.