Do you have file folders and boxes saved with old electric, gas, phone, and cable bills? Unless you need them for tax purposes (and if you did, shouldn’t they be saved with the tax forms?), you don’t need them.
If you haven’t already, convert to e-bills to eliminate future paperwork. If you go to the utility’s website, you should be able to view past bills and payments.
You also don’t need to save emails of past bills or emails confirming payments. After a payment has posted to your checking account, you don’t need those confirmations. You also don’t need to print anything “for your records.”
If you have years of past bills, check with your local office supply company about bringing in this paperwork to be shredded. I burnt out two or three home paper shredders and wasted hours trying to get rid of 40+ years of paperwork at my parents’ house before I paid for a shredding service.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.