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According to the Small Business Administration, 80 percent of filed papers are never looked at again! A weekend afternoon is the perfect time to clear out clutter that's been accumulating in your office area.
"Make the decision to start from scratch and simply toss all those piled-up papers, unread catalogs, and outdated magazines," Ravich says. "Remind yourself that you're not going to miss out on anything life-changing by throwing them away."
When it comes to your desk files, how do you know which important documents are worth storing? Here's the short list of what papers you should keep:
Tax returns (past six years' worth)
Receipts for tax-deductible purchases or items with warranties
Bank statements (three years' worth)
IRA contribution slips
You can toss:
Bills (unless you're deducting purchases)
Paychecks once you receive your W-2 for the year
Moving forward, take some time once a month to go through your paperwork, and you'll never again find yourself overwhelmed by piled up files.
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