From SAGA Magazine.
Do you have cupboards full of old bills and documents? Read our guide to how long you should keep old bank statements, bills and paperwork.
Do you feel like you are drowning in documents? Has your home been consumed by seemingly never-ending mountains of old pay slips, bank statements and old bills?
If so, chances are you are hanging on to too much paperwork.
So what do we need to keep for a lifetime? And what can go straight in the shredder?
According to Marie Kondo, author of international best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, you must be ruthless about what you keep.
Kondo suggests thinking about how often you go back to use the papers you are filing – when you consider research that suggests that 80% of the papers we keep are never looked at again, she seems to have a point.
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