Stabbing myself in the eye with a letter opener doesn't seem to be an appropriate reaction to this problem.
November 8, 2009 6:28 PM Subscribe
I just spent another hour going through giant stacks of mail and shredding crap and I swear I can't take it anymore.
posted by sugarfish to Home & Garden (27 answers total) 50 users marked this as a favorite
All of our bills are paid online so half the time stuff never even gets opened. This leads to problems like letters from our HOA getting missed when like a month later I break down and go through stuff. And then what do we do after the bills are paid? What should we keep (paystubs, etc)? What's fine to get rid of? How long should we keep receipts for things like home or car repairs? Why do these mysterious statements keep coming from the retirement account?
We have no system whatsoever. I feel like I missed that day in learning-to-be-an-adult class. (Well, I missed a lot of days, but this is the most pressing one.) What does your filing cabinet look like? I need a filing cabinet, right?
I know some of the basic things we can do -- opt out of paper mail, etc, but is that okay for everything? Isn't it better that I have a hard copy of my credit card statement to compare just in case it changes down the line, or am I being a conspiracy theorist?
What about regular, day-to-day receipts? Do you just take time once a week to shred them, or what?
We are intelligent people but unfortunately neither of us is detail-oriented. We work long schedules and when we get home at midnight the last thing we want to do is go through another pile of mail that turns out to be usurious credit card "checks." (Seriously, I just shredded like a dozen envelopes' worth.)
Please hope me.