10 Steps to Organized Paper
Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365 approaches organization head on…
She does it for a living! I can’t imagine dealing with clutter every day since I have become so skilled at ignoring mine! Oh that is so sad to see in print!
I just finished reading her book, 10 Steps to Organized Paper and am ready to jump in and conquer the paper clutter monster at my house.
Lisa breaks her book into ten areas and addresses each in a straight forward, although often humorous way. From Taxes to Home Maintenance Manuals and Archives to Daily Mail Call.. each are broken down into manageable jobs.
I really appreciate her openness and honestly that this is an ongoing issue. This, like laundry will always pile up and get out of control if left alone too long.
She had me laughing at her “How long do I need to keep tax records” statement. She went to the website for the IRS and grabbed their answer to this question.
From the IRS website:
The length of time you should keep a document depends on the action, expense, or event the document records. You must keep your records as long as they may be needed to prove the income or deductions on a tax return.
Yep.. that is as clear as mud! Having worked in the accounting field for a long time, I know the usual answer is 3 years, 6 months and 15 days. Don’t ask me to explain the 15 extra days but the 3 years, 6 months is based on the length of time the returns can be audited. So unless you have something that would warrant an extended audit, keeping the current and past 4 years should be enough.
My favorite suggestion in Lisa’s book is the Sunday Basket. I plan on setting this up as my current system of IF important it goes on my desk and IF NOT important it goes in a box NEVER to be seen again… is NOT working!!
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