I am having a bit of a time with parting with my data. I keep a box for each year and organize into folders for bank cards, utilities, investments, health/medical stuff, insurance, etc.
The reality is once I get through the year, the only thing I ever pull out again is usually tax related items. Because, drilled into my head from previous experience is the fact that the only really important stuff to hang onto are tax files.
Now that I do 75% of my bill paying online, I have less paper, but I’m still buried from accumulated paper over the years.
We’ve been married for almost 13 years, hence almost as many boxes cluttering my upstairs closet. I did make an effort, oh, about 6 years ago to weed through the data, and I consolidated 3 years into one box…. but then I got bored and never finished.
I don’t want to turn into my MIL and have 40 years of data rotting in the basement.
So what do you all do for organizing your household paperwork? What do you keep? What do you toss?
And more importantly, how do you dispose the data? I have TWO shredders that worked for like a month, and died. I’m not buying an industrial shredder for one clean-up effort. But I must shred and have no resources to shred large quantities of paper.
Because I am buried in useless paper that would be much happier as recycled paper.
And I want my space back.