Copies of bank statements that substantiate tax deductions or major purchases.
Purchase and sale documents (including form 2119) for every home you’ve owned.
Credit card records (keep for six years)
Contracts (keep for seven years past the expiration date)
Loan papers (keep for three years after final payment)
Hint: Get a wastebasket. If you generate a lot of paper, get two. If you are not using something, get rid of it!
Clutter control: Next time you add to your wardrobe, discard something.
Paperless Filing Folder: Evernote.com “I think of evernote.com as my own online filing cabinet. As I’m trolling the Web, I can take a screen shot of an intriguing article or image and file it by category in folders I’ve set up on Evernote. That way, when I’m looking for, say, my cache of vacation destination ideas (hey, a girl can dream), they’re all in one place. I can also share folders with friends and coworkers to track what they find interesting.” - Carol Singer
Jennifer is the Associate Digital Editor at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. She is an active equestrian and spends much of her free time at the barn. When she’s not riding, she loves caring for her collection of house plants, baking, and playing in her gardens. Read More from Jennifer Keating