The Solution: Tame the Paper Beast
“Tax returns should be kept forever,” says Martin Pospeshil, co-owner of Klutter.org, in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. “Backup material, like receipts and statements, can be purged after seven years.” Another way to cut through clutter: “Scan items you want to keep but don’t need to look at often,” says Eileen Roth, who owns Everything in Its Place, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and save the info on your hard drive. The NeatReceipts Scanalizer ($210, amazon.com) is a great option. For more toss-it tips, see 5 Steps to Simpler Record-Keeping.