Paperwork: How Long Should I Keep It?

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How Long?

When it comes to paperwork, one common question that arises is, “How long should I keep it?” It is important to maintain organized records, but holding onto documents longer than necessary can lead to piles of unnecessary clutter. I created a FREE download for you! Just ‘click’ on the document.

Hope this helps during the Monthly Decluttering Event: Paper Clutter which is held in April and October. Remember, these are general guidelines, and there may be specific legal or financial considerations that apply to your situation. It’s always a good practice to consult with a professional advisor or attorney to ensure you are keeping the necessary paperwork for the appropriate duration.

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  1. Janice Messmer says:

    Nice. I think one more thing needs to be addressed. Warranties and User manuals for items in your home. You can download appliance manuals to your computer, but you should keep copies of warranties or purchased extended warranties for your appliances and electronics. I also keep for the length of the warranties any boxes and packaging materials for computers, fitbits, tablets, phones, kindles, sound systems, etc. I have sent these items back for repair on more than one occasion and it has cost me money to purchase adequate packaging to return the item for warranty work. I have a dedicated corner for the larger items in my basement that are marked with the expiration dates of the warranties. After that date I throw away the packaging.

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