Spring cleaning sounds great, but I’m not sure where to start.
Start with whatever area is bothering you the most – maybe the top of your desk or your overflowing storage area – or with whatever area you think will be easiest to tackle. Working on either one of those areas will be satisfying and will give you the oomph you’ll need to keep going.
How do I clear out my old stuff without making a big mess in the process?
Start small – just work on one defined area at a time, rather than an entire room. You don’t need to work on the entire space in one fell swoop!
What should I do with the stuff I’m getting rid of?
As you’re working, have a recycle bag or bin handy, and a box or bag for items that you want to donate. As soon as you’re done with your spring cleaning for the day, immediately take the recycling out and take the donation items to their new home.
I want to get rid of my documents. What should I keep and what should I toss?
Ask your tax preparer for your personalized retention guidelines, as they are intimately familiar with your recordkeeping needs. Also, you can search on the IRS website for their recordkeeping guidelines for both individuals and businesses.