These days, we have to keep track of a lot of printed records: bank statements, bills, mortgage records, contracts, tax forms, and more. But for how long?
More than anything else, it seems, our society runs on paper–which means that whatever you do, you’re likely to generate printed records. Tax records, bank statements, contracts of various stripes, house and car payments, credit card bills, college loan statements…all that paper piles up.
No one wants to be drowned in paper, so it’s necessary to occasionally get rid of some of it. Of course, most of us know that a shredder is de rigueur in the paper reduction process, so that identity thieves won’t steal your information and sell it to the highest bidder. The problem becomes what to throw away, and when.