Spring is not the only time of year to think about cleaning out those cabinets. With the season change upon us, it’s a perfect time to consider doing a little autumn decluttering. Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to get your home or your office in shape before the next season rolls around.
Make a List
Assemble a checklist of what has to be cleaned within your office or home space. Do you have a stack of old mail that needs to be shredded? Files that have long met their retention period? Old credit cards that have expired? Don’t throw them out. Put them in a “to shred” pile so they are properly destroyed.
The Junk Drawer: We All Have One (or two)
Chances are you have that one drawer that is filled with random pens and scribbled notes, which may or may not contain sensitive information. Organize your drawers one at a time and separate the items you plan to keep, while making sure any sensitive information makes it into the shred pile. Sometimes old bills or identifying pieces of paper get stuffed in here, too. Don’t throw those out! Add them to the “to shred” pile.
Old Taxes? No Problem.
Look through any old financial records and determine what you don’t need. According to the IRS, most tax records can be shredded after three years. Also, sort through any file folders and remove any unnecessary documents.
About That Storage Facility…
According to The New York Times, the U.S. has 2.3 billion square feet of self-storage space. 50% of renters are simply spending money on storage to hold what won’t fit in their homes. According to Cost Helper, storage units can cost $40-$50 per month for a 5-by-5-foot unit and $75-$140 per month for a 10-by-15-foot unit. Why waste that money holding onto stuff that may never again see the light of day? If you’re paying to hold onto old paperwork, make sure your records have met their retention periods and consider doing a seasonal purge. Legal Shred can come straight to your storage facility and shred right on site so you never have to haul it out yourself.
Legal Shred works with businesses and consumers to keep their offices and homes free of paper clutter, in addition to keeping identities safe and secure. Schedule your fall cleanup today!
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