Sort your papers and save your sanity! Use these steps to sort papers and minimize the clutter in your home.
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• Pave the way for a more streamlined tax season-and beyond-by ridding your workspace of junk mail (including junk e-mail) and excess paper. Having a clean desk and in-box makes it easier to identify and respond to important tax documents when they arrive. Spend time opening junk email and click on each Unsubscribe link. Then go to Catalogchoice.org to opt out of catalogs, credit card offers and donation requests. Make a sweep of your house to collect errant to-do lists, sticky notes, credit card statements and receipts-anything paper-and place them in a folder or box.
• Go through bins of paperwork you keep, tossing what you don't need and sorting the rest into folders (such as home repairs and tax forms) that can go into a filing cabinet. Compile a master list of all your tax-related to-dos